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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
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/25
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.

Place: 138 out of 366
Avg (all users): 5.8742
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.8304
Avg (non-participants): 6.0000
Views since voting: 764
Views during voting: 53
Votes: 151
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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12/10/2009 08:38:09 PM
I thought this one would do better . Welcome to my level
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2009 02:43:13 PM
Excellent composition. Red is little too much saturated for my taste. Particularly red colors on the tree silhoutte takes point away.
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12/06/2009 08:46:24 PM
Pretty scene. Birds breaking the reflections are very good. Colors really sell the sunset. Border is effective. Nice work.
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12/02/2009 12:30:17 PM
that is some vivid sunset/sunrise...pretty with the swans
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12/01/2009 05:39:51 PM
beautiful capture!
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12/01/2009 03:30:42 PM
I really like the tones on this.
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12/01/2009 02:32:03 PM
Colour seems a bit oversaturated. Also see some noise in the sky and the trees don't seem quite sharp enough. But a very pretty scene.
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