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Challenge: Photograph Becomes a Painting (Expert Editing)
Collection: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Bonnie Vale, Australia
Date: May 9, 2013
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: May 16, 2013

I happened to be at this location when I read the details of this challenge that was announce only a couple of hours earlier. I thought what shot would be viewed as something that would be produced by a painter and could only think of portraits, landscapes and still life. Then I thought water was also common so I set about trying t find an interesting subject with water as a major background. Then it was important to think of what the painter would try and emphasise and to me that is strong light and shadows when outdoors. So I waited what felt like for ever for the sun to break through then hoped the only two birds on the beach would do something for me.

So this is it. A shot taken specifically for the challenge but will probably not be considered as one when compared to the expected portraits, landscapes and still life. The birds didn't really cooperate for a decent pose and of course they decided to fight and fly off when the clouds returned and the images became too flat.

This was more difficult than I first thought. I was hoping a Topaz preset would suffice but it produced so many unrealistic artifacts that it took a fair bit of tweaking to get what I wanted. And naturally, it will still bomb out in the voting :)

Place: 79 out of 102
Avg (all users): 5.4435
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.1429
Avg (non-participants): 5.6667
Views since voting: 161
Views during voting: 277
Votes: 115
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/19/2013 10:10:15 PM
Love on the beach. Beautiful shot.
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05/17/2013 06:13:33 PM
A bit too smooth for me. Paintings have more texture to them.
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05/17/2013 08:12:33 AM
Love the colour of the water here! 6
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05/17/2013 06:26:53 AM
Love the style you employed here. Nice light and color. 7
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