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Preening Duck

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Challenge: Photograph Becomes a Painting II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: Dec 15, 2014
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1600
Date Uploaded: Dec 18, 2014

I had so much fun with this challenge. Originally I wanted to do something completely different, but needed rain for it, and it kept raining but only at night ... :-). Then I wandered around the garden to take some flower pictures that I could use and got side tracked by the 2 ducks. Saw something similar some time ago on another site and liked the concept.Its not that easy to get the head in the middle of the back to achieve the all white image, even with fairly tame ducks.
I had to lighten up the 2 top corners a bit and crop it. Then I put a texture over it to give it more of a painting feel.
I really like it. I have about 15 slightly different versions of it and had a hard time deciding. Hope I chose right :-).

Place: 4 out of 74
Avg (all users): 6.8750
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
Avg (participants): 6.6842
Avg (non-participants): 7.0882
Views since voting: 1178
Views during voting: 166
Votes: 72
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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12/27/2014 12:44:17 PM
Originally posted by Ammie:

No Gaby, first 5 places are validated! Sure it'll be fine.

Aaahh ... thanks Anmie; seems I need to brush up on my rules :-)
12/27/2014 08:46:50 AM
No Gaby, first 5 places are validated! Sure it'll be fine.
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12/27/2014 04:39:54 AM
Thank you all for voting and your kind comments. It's good to be back and do so well. There seems to be a query on the image, as I was asked to send the original through. Hope all goes well, this is my second best score ever and it would be nice to have it on my portfolio :-).
I just got reprimanded by my husband that I mislabeled the picture (not that he was there when I shot it of course ;-)). So apparently it should have been "sleeping duck eying photographer" ... I tried to explain to him that she pulled the feathers through her beak and that this was just a fraction of a second of her grooming herself, so she wasn't sleeping, but he thinks otherwise ;-).
12/26/2014 01:25:09 PM
Such a beautiful image. You did very well...
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12/26/2014 10:24:14 AM
A 4th place... Very nice Gaby!!
Great shot and works so well with this PP. Well done!
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12/26/2014 10:00:13 AM
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12/26/2014 06:04:11 AM
Good one, congrats on the HM.
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12/26/2014 12:38:44 AM
Congrats on the HM. This is lovely. Without seeing the other versions, I think you probably chose right. I have a somewhat similar shot of a brown duck, but gosh, it sure works well with a white one!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/25/2014 06:43:33 PM
Love this
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12/23/2014 10:13:54 AM
This is fantastic.
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12/20/2014 11:47:17 AM
A very unique take on a duck photo. I like it.
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