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arpita


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Challenge: Rule of Thirds (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super II for Canon
Location: Shoreline Park, Mountain View, CA
Date: Sep 17, 2005
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2005

I wish I could clone out the few reflections off the water,it's basic editing! :(. And it is shot at ISO 800, so I had to use NI and that's removed more detail from the bird than I like. But I do like the bird and the colors, so I'm submitting it anyhow, let's see what happens :D

Post Challenge: Wow, am I glad I submitted!! Thanks for all the comments, and the score and the ribbon! Yay :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 354
Avg (all users): 7.3451
Avg (commenters): 8.0435
Avg (participants): 7.0789
Avg (non-participants): 7.5603
Views since voting: 12939
Views during voting: 406
Votes: 255
Comments: 48
Favorites: 37 (view)


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10/22/2005 04:39:21 PM
Beautiful Image, everything is just stunning, color, reflection, movement of the water.
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10/02/2005 11:50:15 AM
Thank you all for your wonderful comments, and the ribbon! I am so thrilled :)
This was not taken with the challenge in mind at all... in fact I had set out with the intention of taking a picture for Destinations, but nothing suitable happened. (Clearly being an egret at sunset is not one of my destinations :P). But with a wonderful challenge like rule of thirds :D, I managed to enter something from my evening out, I had no idea at all it would end up doing so well! Due thanks to my model egret as well :)

Message edited by author 2005-10-02 11:50:33.
10/02/2005 02:19:47 AM
you're such a star! :)
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09/29/2005 01:27:43 PM
I love this shot! Very nice-Congratulations!
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09/29/2005 10:31:39 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Fantastic shot - really beautiful.
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09/28/2005 10:24:11 PM
Verrrrry Nice shot. I love these type photos.

KS
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09/28/2005 10:18:44 PM
This image is excellent as is. The negative space works well because of the water trail that tells the viewer that movement is taking place and the image records the history of this movement. The colors are just great. Congratulations on your Blue.
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09/28/2005 06:36:40 PM
great picture, even if i had the talent to critique i see nothing to critique in this picture.awesome shot!!it took my breath away that is my final answer,
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09/28/2005 01:07:55 PM
Well deserved Blue Ribbon!
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09/28/2005 06:24:31 AM
very inspiring photo!
the ribbon is delicious icing.
don't worry much about negative spaces..there are those of us who love it :)
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09/28/2005 01:20:38 AM
This is simply gorgeous! A well deserved ribbon, I must say!
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09/28/2005 01:01:11 AM
Beautiful! Congratulations!
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09/28/2005 12:53:02 AM
Congratulatipns on your Blue with this beautiful image!
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09/28/2005 12:46:55 AM
I was certain this was the blue!! It's just wonderful. I'm so thrilled for you!!
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09/28/2005 12:30:25 AM
Abolutely stunning, Arpita! What great colors and perfect placement of the crane and I love the capture of the patterns in the water! Many congrats on your blue!!
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09/28/2005 12:07:59 AM
wonderfully done, arpita! Great sense of serenity and molten light.
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09/28/2005 12:07:05 AM
congrats on the blue!!!
09/28/2005 12:03:03 AM
You rock, Arpita! Your pics are always good as gold! :) CONGRATS!
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09/28/2005 12:02:34 AM
didn't get to this one in the voting period... would've got a 10... looks like you got by without it! :o) AWESOME!
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09/28/2005 12:02:02 AM
congrats on another blue arpita :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/27/2005 11:51:26 PM
Heartwarming with this delicate coloration. Beautiful. 8
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09/27/2005 10:06:51 PM
beautiful. 9. zeuszen?
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09/27/2005 08:56:46 AM
beautlful photo, only wish bird stood out a tiny bit more...great job!
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09/27/2005 06:55:32 AM
Gorgeous colors - great texture of the water. Love the reflection as well.
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09/27/2005 04:04:35 AM
Really a nice shot! Good composition and wonderful ripples! :)
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09/26/2005 12:37:25 PM
Beautiful. 10.
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09/24/2005 03:29:56 PM
beautiful egret
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09/24/2005 11:54:42 AM
Lovely Pic !! Nice colours too, makes it a very relaxing view. Good job
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09/24/2005 09:59:17 AM
Love the rich colors! With the bird was sharper but its a beautiful image.
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09/24/2005 08:51:16 AM
Beautiful colors.. :-)
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09/23/2005 09:14:28 PM
Fit Challenge Criteria: 2/2
Contrast/Color: 2/2
Composition: 2/2
Photo Quality: 1/2
My Subjective Affinity: 1/2

I really like the trail behind the bird. Nice work.
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09/23/2005 07:13:23 AM
beautiful! fits challenge and got to be in there for a ribbon. Very DPC type of pic! well done
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09/22/2005 06:40:10 PM
I love the light here, good shot,8
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09/22/2005 06:22:56 PM
Stunning Image, the colours are so wonderful, expect a top three!!
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09/22/2005 02:22:57 PM
Beautiful photo.
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09/22/2005 11:57:09 AM
Oh how I love this! I am pretty much of a duck-picture freak anyway, but with these gorgeous colors, and the strong composition, this one gets a SUPER thumbs up from me!!!
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09/22/2005 02:13:23 AM
The colors, the sharp focus, the simplicity of the composition, everything says BLUE RIBBON all over this great shot. Congratulations!!
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09/22/2005 01:44:41 AM
Very nice.
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09/22/2005 12:57:25 AM
8 - Very nice, elegant. Nice colors. Criticism; difficult, but perhaps more detail on the stork/crane(?), especially as you have with the 'rear', somehow to capture that 'all the way to the beak' would have possibly made this a better shot in my opinion, though not sure. That may have detracted too much from that 'ripple' that you have captured well and also, the reflection. Considering the Challenge, perhaps that suggested focus would have worked better re a 'stricter adherence', and while no expert, you have used that 'intersection' well as is, and indeed, used the 'third base line' as well, with the ripples, so covered 'two bases', in a sense. Perhaps a slightly different crop, not sure, would change the shot entirely if you did anything else, though the use of this 'point of interest(s), on the left, if possible, would also have worked well. The upper left slight 'ripple' visible, mildly detracts from the 'calmness' of this shot, but just to contradict that statement, it does add something here as well, but for me, would be a better shot without it, in my opinion. Nice shot. edit:typo - and Congratulations.

Message edited by author 2005-09-28 00:27:47.
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09/22/2005 12:15:12 AM
Awesome color and frame.
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09/21/2005 06:35:11 PM
Very nice photo. I love the colors.
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09/21/2005 04:27:16 PM
How'd you get so close?? Great color. 9
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09/21/2005 04:16:17 PM
What can I say besides......excellent! The golden shimmer is superb. Good luck! 7
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09/21/2005 12:44:16 PM
This is one amazing photo. Sharpness is superb and the texture of the surface of the water as well as the bird are superb. Bird is placed along right third of frame. Reflection is complete and makes for an impressive overall image. Intersection of thirds lines, however are at the back of the bird's body. This shot is everything but perfect.
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09/21/2005 12:41:52 PM
Amazing picture with great tones. Definitely my top pick and pretty sure this will take a ribbon. Good job.
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09/21/2005 11:52:42 AM
Love the rich coppery tones. I wish the bird were a bit better focused, but the placement and the reflection is spot on.
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09/21/2005 06:09:19 AM
wow ... that is so beautiful ... hard to believe this is real .. yet easy to tell that it is ... great title as well.
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09/21/2005 01:54:07 AM
lovely picture, well composed
the subject just barly makes it into the right third but it is too good a shot to get so picky over good luck
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