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Three Ducks
Three Ducks

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Challenge: Duotones (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Plano, Texas
Date: May 24, 2003
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250 sec
Galleries: Nature, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 25, 2003


Place: 15 out of 147
Avg (all users): 6.7097
Avg (commenters): 8.2857
Avg (participants): 6.6629
Avg (non-participants): 6.8286
Views since voting: 1248
Votes: 124
Comments: 24
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/02/2003 08:05:15 AM
Snif snif.... this was my number 1 pick.... this is a very inspiring photo Dennis!!!!! All I can say is WOW!!! :oD
06/02/2003 12:09:44 AM
Thanks for all the encouraging comments. A little more about the picture.
- It was taken at ground level.
- I had been watching the thunderhead build for a coupls of hours and took shots now and then.
- This is looking East.
- About an hour before sunset, I moved out to the side of the house and setup on the tripod. You can sometimes get dramatic effects at the end of the day with the sun lighing just the top of the clouds.
- I would snap a shot now and then. These thunderheads change minute to minute.
- I heard the ducks quacking as they left the little pond by the house. They hung a left and past right in front of the camera. I got two shots since I was already setup on the tripod.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/01/2003 09:34:23 PM
Amazing photo.
06/01/2003 06:32:02 PM
Beautiful shot and the deep dark base with the silhoutted birds is just right...great work. thanks
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06/01/2003 03:01:07 PM
Beautiful clouds, great opportunity shot with the ducks. Personally, would have cropped off most of the dark at the bottom. 8
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05/31/2003 08:06:41 PM
Beautiful picture. The clouds are spectacular, and the three ducks stand out so clear! The light touch of sepia is just right. ~10
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05/31/2003 10:37:46 AM
Great exposure on the cloud! Lovely tones and contrast with the silhouettes. I would probably have cropped a little differently, and left out the lagging duck.
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05/29/2003 08:46:07 PM
like the effect of the clouds
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05/29/2003 03:12:27 PM
Did you take this shot from a glider or a balloon? It's really cool.
05/29/2003 02:04:32 PM
One of my favourites this week. Good composition and the soft sepia tone is perfect. So is focus and the cropping. I don´t know how you could have done it better. Meets the challenge very well. Well done and good luck!
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05/29/2003 12:18:25 PM
Wonderful tones, marvelous ducks and lots of drama. I love it!
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05/29/2003 03:49:14 AM
amazing clouds
05/28/2003 03:26:56 PM
The duotone works so well here where colors might be distracting. This shows up the contrast between the clouds and the ducks - tiny black silouettes against a grand luminous cumulous! I like the darkness under the cloud - it emphasizes its weight. and the gentler definition at the top. Where were you? You must have been very quik to get the camera up when the ducks flew by. Wish the shutter speed had been high enough to freeze the wings - they are a little blurred, but I'm just being picky. 8
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05/27/2003 08:01:11 PM
Nice image. Very well done and a good example of duotone. 8 Morgan
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05/27/2003 12:36:24 PM
Wonderful photo. I wish my entry was this good. Congratulations on a possible winner!
05/27/2003 12:08:42 PM
05/27/2003 08:00:14 AM
This is just a amzing photo, abit to dark but a 10 from me, it works well here because it gives the clouds a great stormy effect, and the birds, wow what a capture, very good work and exposer.
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05/27/2003 04:36:29 AM
This photo is just amazing. To catch these guys up here, more or less just to be up here is awesome. I'm not sure how this was done or what means were used to take it, but it is really cool and very well done. What I really like is the dark silhouettes against the clouds. That's really neat. - 9
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05/26/2003 04:14:13 PM
At first glance I thought the ducks to be silhouetted by a cloud, but now believe it to be a plume from a smoke stack, no? Has a spooky or mythical feel about it, neat effect. Good job!
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05/26/2003 01:54:07 PM
wow! great tones in those clouds! just wish those ducks were sharp, looks like motion blur.... I would probably cropped out the last bird.... I like the image though.... good luck, Todd.
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05/26/2003 01:40:00 PM
Nice shot.
05/26/2003 12:59:48 PM
This is undoubtedly going to win. 10
05/26/2003 11:23:45 AM
Very, Very Cool! Superbly done, beautiful yet simple, would not have been the same without the birds in the photo.... great use of sepia, overall just a fantastic photo! I hope this does really well! Good luck! -10-
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05/26/2003 09:48:30 AM
Beautiful shot, Brilliant clouds and the birds make it "real". Shades are perfect - 8
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