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Challenge: Wings (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Date: Aug 18, 2007
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2007

Went out to the Lake to try and shoot something flying or flapping but this Swan was posing around up stream with the cooling system open and operative for all to see... Well, how could I refuse.


Est. score 6.7
dream score 7.3

I think this MIGHT do well as it is different



Post Challenge - WOW! So happy to have another ribbon and to be sharing the front page with 21_F.gif SandyP


Editing went something like this-:

Shot in RAW opened in photoshop, curves, square cropped, lucisarts filter applied, curves again, selective colour on neutrals, blacks and whites, some dodging/burning around the wings and in the water, noise ninja, resized, noise ninja again for contrast boost, border, submitted.

Original as requested
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Thank you for the FAVS and the great comments and a new Personal best.. I'm over the moon

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 175
Avg (all users): 7.3234
Avg (commenters): 8.2121
Avg (participants): 7.1707
Avg (non-participants): 7.4286
Views since voting: 14838
Views during voting: 480
Votes: 201
Comments: 100
Favorites: 67 (view)


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07/28/2013 10:59:08 AM
I just stumbled upon this simply amazing entry and it leaves me speechless by its beauty.
A real masterpiece!
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03/13/2013 04:13:51 PM
Outstanding.
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07/26/2012 09:06:58 PM
WOW THIS IS ALMOST LIKE AN ANGEL AND ONE OF THOSE ONE IN A MILLION SHOTS... JUST PERFECT IN EVERYWAY AND DESERVES MY 21_F.gif SHERPET JEWEL STAR AWARD FROM ME SHEZ... THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YUR AWESOME IMAGES AND SO PLEASED YOU ARE MY DPC FRIEND FROM SHEZ

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05/31/2011 05:56:05 PM
Told you already, man...I love this shot!!
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04/17/2011 12:48:12 PM
AMMMAAZZZZING PHOTO!!!!WOOOW! I'm in AWWWEEE! BRAVO!!!
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11/08/2008 09:27:49 PM
got to add this to my faves..
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10/12/2008 08:04:19 PM
Holy mackarel this is impressive. Excellent detail in the feathers - not an easy task with white. Impressive shot!!
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08/31/2007 04:49:55 AM
Congratulations! Fantastic capture!
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08/30/2007 10:12:37 PM
Absolutely remarkable, a very very good shot. Well done
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08/30/2007 07:04:12 PM
Originally posted by beaflies:

This is magnificent! I love the tweeking results too, you obviously know what you are doing with PS. Would you mind posting the original?


Certainly. please see the notes
08/30/2007 04:52:45 PM
What are you doing taking pictures of swan butts!!! You perv :P
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08/30/2007 04:36:06 PM
This is magnificent! I love the tweeking results too, you obviously know what you are doing with PS. Would you mind posting the original?
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08/29/2007 11:12:33 AM
Wow! Pretty incredible photograph, congratulations!
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08/29/2007 10:24:35 AM
Just looking at your Profile: while this is not a black and white...it's general tone is the very Zen palette - all four of your top 4 images have the appearance of B+W. Nice!!!

Just a fantastic photo which I knew in my inmost pap to be yours. Congratulations.
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08/29/2007 03:19:17 AM
My apologies - I saw the image small, thought how clever of you to have put a sort of olympic laurel wreath on the swan, opened up to see the join, and voila - it's real feathers!

I am so impressed - I have photographed lots of swans on my local park lake, but never got such a lovely view - and the shading an shadowing show off the feathers and space round them just so perfectly.

Absolutely first quality - you must immediately think of selling it widely - very, very good. Congrats on your picture
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08/28/2007 03:38:17 PM
Fantastic shot, just beautiful!!
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08/28/2007 03:15:25 PM
My pick for the blue, what a perfect capture for the challenge, nice processing too. Congrats!
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08/28/2007 12:17:29 PM
Such an amazing capture!! Congrats on the Red Ribbon!!
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08/28/2007 09:54:21 AM
KILLERRRR good shot, swan with a difference! Love it!
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08/28/2007 08:50:49 AM
Wonderful texture and detail in those wings...congratulations winning the red ribbon!
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08/27/2007 07:49:39 PM
Perfect capture. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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08/27/2007 05:19:04 PM
Very nice, when it comes to wings these are very unique and well done.
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08/27/2007 01:31:52 PM
Originally posted by Sonifo:

Beautiful picture! One thing that bugs me is the crop..why the crop to the side?


Thanks.. I tried it center but it just did not look right to me, this was the better crop as I think it gives the swan a place to go to, a space to move into... Just my personal feeling.
08/27/2007 01:06:01 PM
Beautiful picture! One thing that bugs me is the crop..why the crop to the side?
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08/27/2007 11:58:51 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon and on beating your personal avg yet again :) I'm in awe of the design and symmetry of the wings. Great capture.
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08/27/2007 09:26:17 AM
Stunning shot...Congratulations!
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08/27/2007 09:17:40 AM
Congrats Marac...This was awesome!
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08/27/2007 08:11:52 AM
That is gorgeous.

lighting is just a couple nanometers shy of perfect, but I'll put that down to the fact that your model doesn't speak your language and wasn't being fed M&M's with the green ones removed (I've heard that some models can be VERY finnicky).

A seriously memorable shot I'd say. something I've never seen in the wild... or the park.
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08/27/2007 07:12:16 AM
Great capture, a well-deserved dream score. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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08/27/2007 06:59:24 AM
Stunning shot Marac and a well deserved ribbon
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08/27/2007 06:02:48 AM
One of my fav's during the challenge! And I was wrong about my comment. Congratulations on your 2nd place!
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08/27/2007 05:38:25 AM
Way to go Marac. You knew it was going to happen from the beginning of the voting. Congratulations on your ribbon. It is well deserved.
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08/27/2007 05:32:37 AM
Congrats, fantastic shot!
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08/27/2007 05:03:57 AM
Congrats on achieving your dream score, Marac; it's a terrific shot all right.
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08/27/2007 03:11:45 AM
Great shot MAK. What a fabulous pose
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08/27/2007 03:08:44 AM
Marac, congrats on the red! I love this shot!
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08/27/2007 02:55:16 AM
Congrats Marac, stunning shot, never have seen a swan pose like that.
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08/27/2007 02:07:42 AM
WTG MAK!!! Congrats on your well deserved place with this beautiful shot!
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08/27/2007 01:58:52 AM
Exquisite - I'd love to see this maneuver in person - it's gorgeous!
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08/27/2007 01:50:58 AM
did very well mak! congrats, its very different.
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08/27/2007 01:45:35 AM
Great work MAK, a great front page finish...
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08/27/2007 01:04:08 AM
Incredible "pose" Marac; Congratulations on Red!
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08/27/2007 12:55:24 AM
Congrats on the red! Beautiful photo!
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08/27/2007 12:41:59 AM
Dream score it is! Well done Marac! Congratulations.
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08/27/2007 12:33:39 AM
I LOVE the detail in this. What a really stunning image. Congrats on your great finish.
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08/27/2007 12:29:00 AM
Simply Stunning and my choice for the blue. I'm surprised it didn't get it. Fabulous score though. I bet your bouncing off your seat!
Well deserved!
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08/27/2007 12:28:09 AM
Dude, you just keep getting better. Congrats on getting your dream score!
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08/27/2007 12:24:37 AM
Outstanding! Congratulations on a great finish for a gorgeous photo.
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08/27/2007 12:21:53 AM
You got your dream score :) Congratulations, you deserve it!
Glasseye is going to be good!

Message edited by author 2007-08-27 00:22:17.
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08/27/2007 12:19:08 AM
There needs to be a rule that you can only have one Glasseye member on the same front page. Oh and quit stealing the Austin talent!

And congrats on the ribbon.

:P
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08/27/2007 12:15:43 AM
MAK!!! I can't believe mine jumped ahead of yours in the last moments of the challenge! Yours was ahead all week!

Course you know how I feel about THIS photo! I just can't believe we actually are both side by side on the front page!! And you did get your dream score!

I'm so proud of us!!!

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08/27/2007 12:10:52 AM
This was my favorite shot from the challenge. Congratulations on a well-deserved ribbon! Absolutely stunning - and I love the editing.
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08/27/2007 12:07:24 AM
Congrats on the red, MAK! Great capture.
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08/27/2007 12:06:24 AM
I told you first in the scores thread !
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08/27/2007 12:05:39 AM
A stunner, thats for sure, and so worthy of a ribbon.....
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08/27/2007 12:04:02 AM
Awesome..well deserved ribbon! The shape of the wings are fantastic
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08/27/2007 12:03:39 AM
Congrats, I had a feeling this one would make home page.
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08/27/2007 12:03:23 AM
Very cool!!! Great finish!
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08/27/2007 12:03:00 AM
Hey, wow, MAK! Congrats on a beautiful shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/26/2007 09:40:53 PM
This is so beautiful it is almost hard to believe it is a real swan. Can't wait to read your description. Great shot.
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08/26/2007 09:15:52 PM
Excellent.....
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08/26/2007 08:47:43 PM
That is very cool. Is it an actual photo of real behavior, or is some editing involved?
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08/26/2007 07:51:16 PM
This is amazing! I love the contrast and the texture. well done! I give this a 10!
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08/26/2007 05:17:04 PM
I love the composition, but I feel it a little dark. I understand the underexposure to preserve the highlights, though. DOF is a little too shallow.
Overall I like this picture a lot anyway.
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08/26/2007 04:22:33 PM
Wow, great capture, from the thumbnail, I didn't think it was real, focus point is right on, lighting is great, 10.
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08/26/2007 06:55:05 AM
What a wonderful subject and a nice capture. 8 for wings!
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08/25/2007 11:21:48 PM
This photo is amazing!
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08/25/2007 04:59:58 PM
WOW!!! Very very nice. Add to fav

The more I look at this, I think it has a Sandy P feel too it. I may be wrong.
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08/25/2007 02:52:49 PM
Coming back to bump to 10 - the BEST in the challenge! The HDR feel is just gorgeous and the unconventional view of the bird just presents so powerfully the "Wings" idea. What a great capture. Your title just brings it all together: Anna Pavlova would have been smitten!
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08/25/2007 10:26:23 AM
This is SO beautiful! I wish the wings could have formed a little heart right there in the center! Almost!
:O)
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08/25/2007 10:14:57 AM
Beautiful capture of the wings. Too bad the head was not turned to the side to get the completeness of the swan. I've never seen wings do that before. Very pretty with the lighting.
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08/25/2007 10:13:56 AM
I like the symmetry and unusual angle of these wings...
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08/24/2007 10:58:18 AM
WOW this is a beautiful capture.
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08/24/2007 07:06:08 AM
!! Stunning. 10.
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08/23/2007 09:37:09 PM
The wings are beautiful. I don't care much for the rest of the shot. The black water looks so dirty, as does the swans tail.
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08/23/2007 01:53:57 PM
Wow... that's just beautiful.
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08/23/2007 12:49:53 PM
Wow, this is crazy! Is the swan really doing that with its own wing? Is it a real swan?
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08/23/2007 12:44:56 PM
This is gorgeous. I love delicately ruffling feathers.
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08/22/2007 05:37:16 PM
I think you might win, simply on grounds of originality (at least, I've never seen this shot before) and of control of exposure. Its very pretty, this; a bit too much so for my taste which is for the more difficult, but in its way, faultless I think.
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08/22/2007 02:38:14 PM
Neat capture!! Nice timing with that shutter button.
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08/22/2007 08:03:39 AM
Wow, stunning, the tones and the glow of the feathers are beautiful.....10.
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08/21/2007 07:05:51 PM
Pretty shot.
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08/21/2007 07:04:49 PM
Outstanding capture... great editing! 9
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08/21/2007 12:54:20 PM
Beautiful!!! 10
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08/21/2007 12:22:59 PM
What a cool perspective. Great timing to get that odd placement of the wings. Very distinctive.
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08/21/2007 12:22:48 AM
i have only looked at 30% of the shots, but i will be shocked if this is not a ribbon. AMAZING SHOT!!!!! If i could give more than a 10 i would, it's just jaw droppin' awesome, i love it.
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08/20/2007 09:18:10 PM
Wow...unusual position, although I'd go for a little more highlight on the swan to constrast with the black water. Great shot, though.
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08/20/2007 08:36:04 PM
Great capture. Bravo!
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08/20/2007 03:31:53 PM
Quite extraordinary. 7
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08/20/2007 12:18:23 PM
wow! I have never seen it before! Great captured!
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08/20/2007 08:10:10 AM
Stunningly beautiful.
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08/20/2007 07:53:35 AM
this is such a great shot. would've been absolutely perfect if there were little babyswans (ducklings?) sitting on the back. but hey...can't win them all ;-)
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08/20/2007 07:40:58 AM
nice different angle, what cool ruffles in the feathers this is definitely a unique view on the bird, nice job
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08/20/2007 07:04:41 AM
Wow! Nice capture!
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08/20/2007 03:25:00 AM
Amazing!
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08/20/2007 01:10:46 AM
Oh, this will easily take the blue. Congratulations!
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08/20/2007 01:05:06 AM
WOW!!! This is just magnificent. We used to raise swans when I was growing up - you've captured their beauty so well. I love the dark moody tones and unusual POV. This is a masterpiece. 10!
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08/20/2007 12:53:49 AM
This really is the jewel of the challenge. Best of luck - an inspiration to all!!!
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08/20/2007 12:38:11 AM
Wow. Verrry cool. What a fantastic capture.
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08/20/2007 12:31:25 AM
wow...had to look twice to figure this out! great image, the shape of the wings is great...good luck 8
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