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Stroll along the Ohio
Stroll along the Ohio

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Challenge: Silhouettes IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Henderson Ky
Date: Sep 14, 2007
Aperture: 10
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 13, 2007

I went to Audubon Mill Park to take the photo of John James Audubon & his Pelican statue. While I was setting up the shot, my wife, two girls, and our little yorkie - shih tzu mix were walking along the sidewalk along Audubon Mill Park overlooking the mighty Ohio River. When I saw them, a light clicked and I knew what I had to shoot. It was not planned, but I think it worked out great.

I cropped, straightened, adjusted fill light, and submitted for your approval.... :)

The fence is an overlook with a steep drop off and the sign tells about John James Audubon and the Mill that he operated in Henderson. I thought about cropping them out, but I wanted the width and a place for the people to walk to. Hope it doesn't hurt me too much.

I also didn't want to crop the top to much because of the heart shape above the pelican's head.

Place: 121 out of 273
Avg (all users): 5.4561
Avg (commenters): 6.4444
Avg (participants): 5.3590
Avg (non-participants): 5.5376
Views since voting: 725
Views during voting: 245
Votes: 171
Comments: 10
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09/26/2007 09:52:27 AM
Yes, the pelican is a statue modeled after a John James Audubon painting. I was about 3 feet from the statue and 30 feet from the sidewalk that my family was walking on. I thought about cropping out the pelican, but it was by definition, a "silhouette". Then I looked above it's head and the tree branches formed a heart shape. I knew it probably would be picked on by some, but I still love the shot. Maybe too busy, but a "silhouette".

I have several other photos that I took for this competiton that might have scored higher, but the lighting on the tree and the family was too good not to share.

Message edited by author 2007-09-26 09:54:14.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/25/2007 11:20:20 PM
I love the confusion of scale. This gets more fascinating the longer I look at it. Probably just a statue of a bird, huh? too bad. This seemingly haphazard composition holds together very well.
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09/22/2007 09:50:32 AM
I like the idea of this. If it were mine, I'd crop to the left of the lamp post and to the right of the tree trunk, creating more of a vignette and not so many busy shapes. Does that make sense? As it is, there is no place for the eye to rest and it seems a bit cluttered. I wish the silhouettes were a touch more crisp.
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09/22/2007 05:46:20 AM
This photo is too packed. Too many objects.
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09/21/2007 02:53:05 PM
The pelican (a statue?) throws it off for me. It's nicely framed, but turns the photo into a cross between a nursery rhyme and a Japanese horror movie. Too bad, because otherwise this shot is beautiful.
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09/21/2007 12:44:00 PM
the stroll might be dangerous with animals of that size around.. nice work
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09/21/2007 08:10:20 AM
Neat shot. Well framed /nod. The flow almost makes you see everything in the picture. That said, pelicans sure have a strange shape :p
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09/20/2007 02:40:53 PM
I like this picture, but i would have taken that bird out of it, the family is Sylinesque enough.
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09/20/2007 01:37:25 PM
A delightful composition. I like the statue keeping careful watch over the visitors.
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09/19/2007 06:48:26 PM
Awesome capture here! Love the perspective between the bird and stollers. Lamp post adds to it. Really nice.
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