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Challenge: Black and White in Color II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Feb 26, 2008
Aperture: f/9.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Emotive, Nature
Date Uploaded: Feb 26, 2008

Yes, they're the same two swans, but look... it snowed! :-D

I actually went down to this reservoir for a landscape shot after it snowed. Any swans or geese would be a bonus, but they weren't the main goal. When I found these two, I just couldn't resist. I made two trips and took over 1,000 shots. Several people in passing cars saw what I was doing and came back with their own cameras or cell phones. You just don't get many opportunities like this! Any time the swans got close together, I was hoping for this heart shape and they finally obliged for a split second: a single frame out of a high speed burst sequence.

Processing: Convert from RAW, Levels, Curves for contrast, crop and flip the image horizontally, clone out a couple of stray foreground twigs, Dodge & Burn, USM, and add frame.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 249
Avg (all users): 6.7604
Avg (commenters): 7.8462
Avg (participants): 6.6707
Avg (non-participants): 6.8148
Views since voting: 2951
Views during voting: 353
Votes: 217
Comments: 17
Favorites: 5 (view)


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03/05/2008 02:18:18 PM
Delightful shot. Really nice.
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03/05/2008 08:04:01 AM
Really incredible shot man, very nicely done, love the composition and perfect timing.
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03/05/2008 03:26:56 AM
This is so beautiful. Great work, Shannon.
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03/05/2008 12:47:22 AM
Another well deserved capture, well done :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/04/2008 11:39:51 PM
Sweet capture! Perfect timing, too!
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03/03/2008 06:13:12 PM
Sweet! How many shots before this one? Very Nice!
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03/03/2008 01:26:45 AM
romantic! beautiful image...8
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03/02/2008 11:33:22 PM
Beautiful image. Love the heart shape formed by the swan's necks.
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03/02/2008 01:20:39 PM
Great shot, all the way to the border. 10
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03/02/2008 10:24:00 AM
almost nauseatingly beautiful ;)
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02/29/2008 08:48:46 PM
What a perfect shot!
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02/29/2008 05:43:56 AM
Wonderful. Nice catch.
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02/28/2008 10:01:04 PM
I can see why you cropped it this way, but you almost miss the swans because of the strength of the trees.
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02/28/2008 01:25:07 PM
I like the framing of the shot overall, but I feel like I am little too far away from the subjects, I dont know if i want to look at the swans or the trees and I find my eye jumping around.
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02/27/2008 12:58:57 PM
Nice shot - would have liked to see more of the birds - maybe a little closer from a lower angle.
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02/27/2008 10:56:52 AM
that is classic epic heart....nice
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02/27/2008 03:49:17 AM
Beautiful!
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