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Wildswan
Wildswan
AlexSaberi


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Challenge: The Username Challenge (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Richmond Park, London
Date: Dec 24, 2005
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 25, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 4 out of 153
Avg (all users): 7.1372
Avg (commenters): 8.2083
Avg (participants): 6.9271
Avg (non-participants): 7.2923
Views since voting: 5195
Views during voting: 379
Votes: 226
Comments: 43
Favorites: 30 (view)


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01/16/2007 06:02:31 PM
beautiful and peaceful... favourite!
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12/23/2006 04:53:48 PM
So crisp and simple, and such a strong picture because of that.
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10/02/2006 03:14:33 PM
Love this picture!
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05/15/2006 05:37:00 AM
A picture like this is priceless.... superbe...
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04/11/2006 05:22:26 PM
What a gorgeous Image?
Will you have prints available?

I am impressed with your work, and think you should become a photographer and make some money with it, as you have a very good talent

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02/05/2006 08:17:34 PM
well done...this has an almost surreal look to it
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01/29/2006 11:36:05 AM
Thanks for all your comments, it means a great deal to me!!
01/06/2006 02:58:01 AM
Congrats on a new personal best with this 7+ top-5 finish.

What first draws my attention in this image is the tonality -- this is true of any well done *-toned image, and this one does it well. From the textures of the white feathers, to the rippling of the water and OOF distant shore; the tonalities bring out the textures and make this image stand out.

The exposure, as I said is perhaps a bit high, losing a small amount of detail on the back and doesn't seem to have a true black. A quick look at a histogram confirms this, so a bit more dynamic range was available to you; a touch more contrast to make the subtle details pop.

The composition is perfect -- I have nothing to add to what has already been said other than to mention again how well the full reflection balances the peacefulness of the scene. A peacefulness that is disturbed only by the extra negative space to the left and the slight rustling of the wings that give the image motion into it. These are the one signes of wildness, and subtle signs they are, that are present in the image.

With such a well executed image I was willing to take for granted the swan is wild -- so this subtlety is a bonus. Although it could be said, hiting the viewer with a more obvious showing of a wild streak would have been better received by the voters, I don't think it would have added to the scene any. Swans depict a soothing calmness that is evident in the carefree way they float on the water -- sublety fits them far better, IMO.

Considering the competition, I believe this images placement in the top-5 is exactly where it should be. With this entry and the additional top-5 image I see you have already added to this one, I expect to see you on the front page in the very near future. Good luck on future challenges.

David
Critique Club
01/04/2006 03:28:34 PM
Brilliant clear image, clean composition and wonderful use of duotone.
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01/02/2006 04:18:33 AM
classy image!....congrats!
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01/02/2006 02:44:45 AM
Such a gorgeous image! Congratulations!
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01/02/2006 01:12:40 AM
4th place with a 7.1! So many other challenges and this would be blue. Congratulations on perfection!

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01/02/2006 12:51:51 AM
Congratulation on your top 5
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01/02/2006 12:43:51 AM
Indeed a beauty and such a strong contender. Congratulations on your top 5 finish. I envisioned a ribbon here. Oh, well. This is one of the most impressive images in this challenge.
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01/02/2006 12:25:11 AM
One of my top pics - congrats on 4th! Excellent finish and great image!
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01/02/2006 12:16:44 AM
So close! I had this one in my "hope it ribbons file". Congrats on your fine finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/01/2006 10:45:13 PM
Beautiful...I can't fault it. Hope you do really well ! Eliminating the colour makes this a classic shot !
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01/01/2006 10:25:51 PM
8 - Very nice. Wild or not. The toning works well here, although I presume the color looks just as nice, especially with the seemingly 'simple' background. The capture of the wings slightly raised is good. Criticism; difficult, but mainly wish it were 640. Perhaps a few 'blown' issues, but difficult to discern at this size. Maybe the color would have been better, who knows, but your call at any rate. Up to 8 from 7.
01/01/2006 09:06:15 PM
I like the overall olor treatment you chose and nice reflections too. 8
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01/01/2006 08:03:46 PM
Ah! What a beauty...such nice light and the tones are completely lovely...well done.
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01/01/2006 10:10:37 AM
beautiful shot and focus! I like the use of Depth of field to focus on the main subject
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12/31/2005 08:47:20 PM
great capture i like the reflection
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12/30/2005 11:32:47 PM
Perhaps not as wild as beautiful but i love it. bumping up.
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12/30/2005 12:42:39 PM
Beautiful picture, love the duetone
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12/30/2005 10:39:35 AM
Wow... Gorgeous...
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12/29/2005 04:37:27 PM
This is just BEAUTIFUL! The focus. The color tones. The perfectly timed capture of the wings spreading. And I love the distant background blurry trees too. Fantastic photo
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12/29/2005 02:52:46 PM
gorgeous, nice tones. very fluid
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12/28/2005 09:56:40 PM
Nice clarity. Love the black and white approach 8
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12/28/2005 01:51:09 PM
Came back for a third look to bump this up to a 9 BOL
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12/27/2005 07:16:26 PM
Not sure if it is a wild swan, but it is a beautiful image and so well taken, well done.................luv it.
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12/27/2005 06:56:29 PM
Beautifully done!
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12/27/2005 01:53:40 PM
Stunning photograph! Love the soft feel it has to it. Good lighting and composition! Bumping up!
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12/27/2005 07:38:26 AM
gorgeous. great you got the whole reflection!
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12/26/2005 06:28:58 PM
Nice tones. Beautiful shot.
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12/26/2005 12:55:06 PM
Very pretty. I love the rippling watery reflection. Nice crisp detail on the bird. I'm not crazy about the greenish blue filter, but no defaults for that - it's just my taste. Overall, a striking image and very lovely. 8
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12/26/2005 11:04:39 AM
One of my favorites of the challenge...well-executed, gorgeous light, and beautiful tonality. Well done! :)
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12/26/2005 10:22:38 AM
beautiful shot. well framed, great b&w conversion. very nice. 9
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12/26/2005 08:17:51 AM
simply perfect.. 10
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12/26/2005 03:25:55 AM
classic
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12/26/2005 03:17:58 AM
W..O..W. Great shot, nice duo tone. 10. favorite. :)
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12/26/2005 01:18:22 AM
super shot..great detail on the swan...and great final presentation
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12/26/2005 12:59:28 AM
man, that's about as UNwild as a swan can look :-) The whole thing is so perfect it seems artificial. This is not a criticism, you've done a remarkable job of capturing the pure tonalities of white here. lovely rendering, just lovely :-)
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12/26/2005 12:51:27 AM
Very classy and classic.
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