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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Light On White (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III
Location: Eyrabakki - Iceland
Date: Feb 27, 2005
Aperture: 10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Animals, Water
Date Uploaded: Feb 27, 2005

Big thanks everyone for the comments and the votes.

This was photographed on a Sunday drive in the country on the same day as my passing time
submission which by the way didn't include enough light. I guess I made up for that in this one ;-) I was not thinking of the challenge when photographing the swans. I was fascinated by the silver surface of the sea and I didn't realize that this shot was a potential entry until later.


About the location and exposure
Eyrabakki is a small village on the south coast of Iceland, it. There is a steep hill from the beach where the swans were swimming. I made the photograph on top of that hill, that explains the lack of horizon and the reflection of the sea. I used a Canon 75-300mm lens @250mm.

Post processing
A lot of you wanted information on how this was processed. In fact the post processing was one of the simplest I have made for a basic challenge. The shot was overexposed by 1,67 stops so the original is rather bright.

. Crop This is less than 1/4 of the original image.
. Brightness/Contrast +38 +17
. USM 100 1,1 5
. Resize
. Add border
. Save for web

Here is a link to the unedited version.

Exif info
...Model Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL
...Date/time original 27.02.2005 15:22:30
...Shutter speed value 1/250 s
...Aperture value f/10
...ISO speed ratings 200
...Exposure bias value 1.67 EV
...Metering mode Pattern
...Flash Flash did not fire.
...Focal length 250 mm
...White balance Auto white balance

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 431
Avg (all users): 7.4055
Avg (commenters): 8.7358
Avg (participants): 7.3855
Avg (non-participants): 7.4247
Views since voting: 14067
Views during voting: 651
Votes: 365
Comments: 102
Favorites: 80 (view)


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04/29/2006 11:40:17 PM
Just a fantastic and wonderfully detailed high key image. Love the birds and the crop. Just terrific!
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02/10/2006 11:10:30 AM
Þetta er æðisleg mynd.
Var að velta því fyrir mér af hverju það væri ekki "Print available" en las þá að þú hafðir skorið hana mikið niður. Þá er væntanlega ekki nægileg upplausn til að geta selt hana á DPPrint.
10/20/2005 01:29:03 PM
wow! this was so deserving of the blue ribbon!!! a fabulous shot~!!! goin in to mes favorites :-D
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06/12/2005 12:27:38 AM
What a breathtaking photo. So peaceful - I could look at it for hours.
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03/22/2005 03:22:59 AM
Congratulations; Awesome image.. All i could say is WOW!!
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03/15/2005 12:37:33 PM
Congratulations on a wonderful image!
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03/15/2005 11:18:19 AM
The depth of vision here is excellent. Its serenity is so calming.
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03/11/2005 07:23:11 AM
What an absolutely fabulous photo - I am in awe!
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03/10/2005 05:52:58 PM
Mjög flott! Til hamingju.
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03/10/2005 03:04:16 PM
Til hamingju með bláa borðann :)

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03/10/2005 11:21:22 AM
Congrats on the bluey, nice work!
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03/10/2005 02:01:21 AM
Congratulations on a worthy winner. It never fails to surprise me (and you would think I should have learnt by now) that quite often the simplest of ideas wins. This is not an attempt to take the glory from this image by the way.

On occasions one sees fantastic images, with a vast amount of preparation before the shot is taken, then a fair amount of post editing, which is all the result of vivid imagination and thought. I admire the work produced by these people.

Then one of these hits you, so simple, so beautiful, and you think to yourself "WHY THE HELL DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT" Well done arngrimur.

Now I will go away and sulk.
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03/10/2005 12:58:14 AM
sweet i knew this photo was a winner it is beutiful with nice lighting lol. the swans are perfect for this challenge. nice job congrats on the blue.
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03/09/2005 08:59:13 PM
Congratulations on your Blue! A Beautiful image wonderfully composed!!
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03/09/2005 07:05:49 PM
Congrats! Swans was my top pick!
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03/09/2005 06:41:20 PM
Simply elegant, job well done. Congratulations!
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03/09/2005 05:40:07 PM
Congrats man!! You deserve this.
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03/09/2005 12:54:26 PM
Is iceland a land of opportunity for pics or what??
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03/09/2005 12:53:12 PM
You were my first choice :)
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03/09/2005 09:34:53 AM
congrats!!
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03/09/2005 09:31:02 AM
Congratulations on the blue for this marvelous image. Your detailed description of how you achieved your result and a link to the original is appeciated by all.
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03/09/2005 08:44:38 AM
Congratulations on the blue.
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03/09/2005 08:07:28 AM
Iceland strikes again ... great job
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03/09/2005 07:51:13 AM
til higganimu mi fuko su petta giasura!

or, as I say in my native tongue... "right on!"
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03/09/2005 07:48:48 AM
Congratulations on a beautiful image.
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03/09/2005 07:42:05 AM
Congrats on the blue - I knew I had picked the winner!

Thanks for the info on the post-processing and the link to the original - great inspiration!

Message edited by author 2005-03-09 07:42:44.
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03/09/2005 07:09:19 AM
wow! Great image. Congrats on the blue ribbon.
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03/09/2005 05:05:08 AM
Til hamingju. Geggjuð mynd.
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03/09/2005 04:24:00 AM
Congrats on a well deserved ribbon !
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03/09/2005 04:13:20 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon!!! :o)
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03/09/2005 02:59:59 AM
Congratulations! Beautiful!
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03/09/2005 02:12:08 AM
Vá, til hamingju með þetta!
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03/09/2005 01:52:31 AM
One of the most beautiful and stunning shots I've ever seen!
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03/09/2005 12:38:52 AM
This is just so sweet and pretty. All this sheer beauty delivered with such impeccable technique. Congratulations on your BLUE.
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03/09/2005 12:17:50 AM
Beautiful!
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03/09/2005 12:16:11 AM
Congrats! Simply beautiful :)
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03/09/2005 12:16:05 AM
This is one sweet shot! Congrats!
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03/09/2005 12:09:47 AM
Congratulations, Arngrimur. Excellent photo.
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03/09/2005 12:06:12 AM
Hey great job ! I knew this was going to win, I gave you a 9 and basically predicted it. Congrats and keep it up
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03/09/2005 12:05:30 AM
This one was one of my highest in the challenge, I'm glad you got in there. Superb capture, congrads.
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03/09/2005 12:04:05 AM
Absolute CLASS... how anyone could give this a 1 or a 2 is beyond my ability to think.. congrats well deserved.
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03/09/2005 12:03:34 AM
Stunning shot! Congrats! Well deserved Blue.
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03/09/2005 12:00:59 AM
congrats on your win!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/08/2005 10:26:54 PM
I like the way the swans and there reflections melt into the solid white background, it gives a very dramatic feel.
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03/08/2005 08:46:40 PM
nice, tranquil, pm me on how u did this! amazing shot! 8!
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03/08/2005 08:34:21 PM
I am going back and re-evaluating all my scores that were high on B & W shots; I almost thought yours was until I noticed the delicate yellow of the bills. Quite possibly one of the ribboners!!!!!
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03/08/2005 05:01:16 PM
Lovely and simple composition, I like the inclusion of the reflections.
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03/08/2005 12:25:47 PM
This is a very appealing photo for me. If it were mine, I would probably crop it down a little bit to make the birds a bit larger but I do like the large white background and wouldn’t want to make them too large. It might just be my monitor but the contrast seems a tad high for my taste but it is still an excellent picture.
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03/08/2005 11:41:22 AM
wow. Exquisit framing and a wonderful expression of this challenge. Such elegance! Great shot!
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03/08/2005 06:59:04 AM
WOW, just WOW. I don't hand out 10s willy-nilly, but this one got one.
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03/08/2005 06:50:54 AM
beautifully done. Well positioned, elegant and attractive. One of the top pictures in this challenge.
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03/07/2005 08:50:14 PM
Absolutely gorgeous - 10
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03/07/2005 05:25:50 PM
Very good use of over expose. Perfect for the theme. Should make it in top 5.
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03/07/2005 04:00:17 PM
perfect. 10 all the way..
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03/07/2005 02:31:53 PM
to much white. but pretty.
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03/07/2005 06:33:26 AM
interesting effect
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03/07/2005 03:57:10 AM
This is just stunning!!!. I would love to know how you pulled this off!!!
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03/06/2005 10:54:04 PM
A bit too heavy a hand with the doging, but a lovely image, should contend. some bit of backround would have helped IMHO.
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03/06/2005 05:48:30 PM
This is beautiful. You get a 10 from me. Good choice of blowing everything out and leaving the swans.

I am thoroughly impressed. The original of this image looks as good if not better than the blown-out version. Again, great photo.

Message edited by author 2005-03-09 22:47:26.
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03/06/2005 01:14:48 PM
My favorite of the challenge 10!
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03/06/2005 12:44:57 PM
very nice, beautiful composition. 8
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03/05/2005 04:08:34 PM
one of the most simple, yet fantastic images i have seen in my time here...should be a ribbon for you on this one...top notch 10
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03/04/2005 09:38:16 PM
Love the white space and the peacefulness of this shot. Composition works well for me, exposed nicely. Great capture!
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03/04/2005 06:21:03 PM
This is lovely and my fav for a ribbon..well done and good luck..10
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03/04/2005 05:58:53 PM
Awesome. I've just had to vote on 20% so that my 10 will count.
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03/04/2005 03:51:28 PM
Yeeeeeeees!
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03/04/2005 12:35:11 PM
nice pic
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03/04/2005 09:02:48 AM
Fantastic shot
10
good luck
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03/04/2005 01:58:57 AM
like the square framing and the whitewashed water leaving only a touch to be seen near your subjects.
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03/03/2005 10:14:04 PM
Beautifully poised. Just the right amount of everything. 10
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03/03/2005 02:51:28 PM
This is visual poetry. Absolutely gorgeous. Deserves a ribbon IMO. Try it in grey scale - it takes out the slight yellowishness and ads elegance. But even in this version it is still so very beautiful. 10
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03/03/2005 10:56:02 AM
Great pic. I really like this a lot! 10!
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03/03/2005 10:35:01 AM
very classic
nice shadows !
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03/03/2005 09:35:50 AM
This is a very nice shot. You caught the swans looking so elegant and beautiful which also reminds you of light colors. I love how you caught the detail in the water near the swans as well. You caught so much white in your background too which really adds to your image. This is my favorite picture I 've seen in this challenge so far. Nice work.
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03/03/2005 09:25:27 AM
I love this shot, it is so pretty and peacful. I love the way you intertwined the idea of light on white with the swans in the water. What a great idea..i also like the ripples of the water coming off of the swans.
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03/03/2005 04:56:45 AM
Classic image
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03/02/2005 11:04:16 PM
Nice use of light and shadows. Would love to hear the specifics of this shot!
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03/02/2005 11:01:34 PM
Knockout picture, I would love to find out the details on this. 10
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03/02/2005 11:01:23 PM
Great picture.
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03/02/2005 10:48:51 PM
Very nice, simple and elegant
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03/02/2005 09:32:12 PM
Beautiful. Could be a greeting card!
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03/02/2005 09:17:09 PM
An extrodinarly beautiful photograph!! I like the way my eye leads me right to your subject and with the reflection off the water is an added bonus. Simply stunning work!! Good luck in this weeks challenge! 10:)
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03/02/2005 08:51:19 PM
Effective..intense white!
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03/02/2005 08:24:11 PM
I like your composition. I could imagine any number of greeting card or motivational messages to punctuate the image. Hope you do well. A favorite
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03/02/2005 07:37:04 PM
even though there is soo much extar white bit on the top,... i like the picture.
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03/02/2005 07:15:12 PM
Nice photo. I would have cropped a little closer.
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03/02/2005 04:23:25 PM
wow, I don't know how you did this without major editing so please tell! - 10.
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03/02/2005 01:04:59 PM
Very beautiful and serene!
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03/02/2005 12:55:33 PM
It's a sweet image but I feel like a hint of "horizon" or soemthign is needed, additional surface texture, I don't know... 8
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03/02/2005 12:53:47 PM
It's great, but I think there is not enough of the subject, if this was cropped I would have given it a 10. 7
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03/02/2005 12:18:55 PM
Exquisite.
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03/02/2005 11:45:03 AM
This is gorgeous. It looks like a greeting card.
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03/02/2005 11:40:35 AM
superb editing, i really like it. 10
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03/02/2005 10:06:15 AM
would have worked better for me if it hadn't been lightened so much (trying to meet challenge i guess). I like what I see, just wish I could see more.
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03/02/2005 08:12:56 AM
excellent shot I dont know how you accomplished this but I sure would like to know how this is done.
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03/02/2005 08:03:02 AM
Real nice... wonder how you got such white background.
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03/02/2005 06:15:46 AM
Just awesome ... congrats!!!
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03/02/2005 02:52:22 AM
Well ,Yes! I think you have it! 10
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03/02/2005 01:48:09 AM
I love this, the border is really nice and I like how everything but the swans and their reflections is completely white. 10
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03/02/2005 01:44:23 AM
I really like this.
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03/02/2005 01:04:11 AM
beautiful! definitely one of the best in this challenge
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03/02/2005 12:37:01 AM
Very nice one. However i feel u should have cropped a little on the top. 8!
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