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Challenge: Art of 2014 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Herons and Other Water Birds
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 USD DI for Canon
Date: Dec 11, 2014
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/640
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2015

Out at Conowingo Dam on a very cold day with yucky light. But the gull mob scene and the eagles were fun. How they all manage to avoid mid-air collisions I'll never know. There were a LOT of birds in the air.

Ordinarily I don't like really busy scenes, but for whatever reason this one appeals to me. Things in focus and not, a semi-creepy forest, birds everywhere sitting/flying/being, a couple of random Bald Eagles hanging out ... just lots to see. I don't know. I find it fun to explore.

Duotone brought out a couple of in-focus gulls. I may be over-thinking the processing on this one ;-)

PP - DxO Optics Pro (straightened, messed with lighting, HDR, sharpening), PSE (cropped slightly, convert to B&W, Nik CEP darken/lighten center, tonal contrastresized; Nik Sharpen; Nik CEP glamour glow).

Place: 70 out of 141
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Votes: 89
Comments: 9
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/21/2015 11:48:42 PM
Irresistible moment to witness without trying to save it forever. The photograph has the quality of a tapestry. It is a fragment of a very large tapestry, something on a vast subject such as "the music of the spheres".
The four horizontal registers are so perfectly interwoven. The grayness of the image can be probably still fine tuned but as it is we look at a fascinating photograph.
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02/21/2015 11:37:52 PM
Beautiful chaos!
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02/21/2015 10:11:38 PM
masterfully/mistressfully laid back for such a cacophony.
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02/21/2015 07:26:34 PM
I like the idea, but it seems too sharp. I think it would have look better softer... (plus, the original colors were gorgeous. I don't know about the b&w. Somehow this scene looks very familiar... :)
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02/21/2015 04:30:38 PM
Has me looking for Escher in there.
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02/21/2015 04:11:38 AM
and indeed, discerning the foreground from the background is a non trivial task
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02/19/2015 11:11:46 AM
Wonderful quotation for the title - the layers here appeal to me very much. Love all the activity - this has the quiet feel of a remote location - I suspect the cries of the gulls produce almost white noise that increases the feeling of isolation and being IN nature.
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02/19/2015 10:59:30 AM
almost didn't see the eagles. The horizontal elements dominate the chaos of detail.
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02/18/2015 02:17:57 PM
Wow, there is just so much to see.
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