Challenge: Free Study 2009-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Nov 15, 2009
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2009
|I promised to take my daughter fishing, and on the way back we drove past a reservoir just to see if my favorite pair of wild swans were around. Bingo!
I filled all my CF cards in about 20 minutes as the sun was setting. Not too many keepers given the handheld slow shutter speed and moving swans, but the sky faded to a beautiful pink and purple sunset. I shifted the white balance here because (ironically) orange looked more natural than the pink tones. Now let's see if I can succeed on two consecutive landscape entries! ;-)
Processing: Convert fram RAW with a shifted WB and boosted vibrance/saturation, Levels, Curves, USM, Noise Ninja, shortened some of the foreground twigs in front of the swans and touched up the right bird's bill, cloned out a few stray specks in the trees and water, Dodge & Burn, Resize, another round of Noise Ninja and USM, and added frame.
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