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AlexSaberi


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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Richmond Park, London
Date: Jul 28, 2006
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2006

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Thanks everyone for all the comments and votes. I knew that early morning was going to be worth it, when I saw the mist over the park.

Basically I adjusted the white balance to a cooler temp. Cropped it. hue sat, curves on the selected swan top lighten. Then inversed selection and neatimaged the water.

I actually thought the centered composition was more zen-like, so that what I went for.


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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 329
Avg (all users): 7.6622
Avg (commenters): 8.7750
Avg (participants): 7.4273
Avg (non-participants): 7.8929
Views since voting: 29507
Views during voting: 482
Votes: 222
Comments: 105
Favorites: 147 (view)


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01/08/2007 05:24:22 PM
Only just seen this - What a wonderful shot - The whole shot is beautiful and has been added to my fav's. Great photography.
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11/23/2006 08:02:14 PM
Love it!
But for some reason, i love your outtake even more.
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08/29/2006 02:14:47 PM
peacefully serene - beautiful photo and a wonderful calming feeling it gives you
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08/11/2006 06:52:47 PM
A well deserved blue ribbion - I bet this sounds like a broken record to you - but bravo!
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08/10/2006 09:17:44 AM
Wonderful shot Alex and well deserved blue ribbon. Congratulations!
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08/09/2006 01:53:16 PM
Amazingly beautiful!! congrats!
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08/09/2006 09:49:14 AM
71 faves to date Alex...amazing!
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08/09/2006 08:53:43 AM
Beautiful image.Congrats for the blue!
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08/09/2006 03:24:16 AM
WOW! gorgeous!
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08/08/2006 10:21:21 PM
Beautiful! Congratulations!
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08/08/2006 08:38:10 PM
very nicely done and very beautiful..... congrats also
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08/08/2006 06:51:01 PM
Very nicely done.
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08/08/2006 12:59:06 PM
Simply elegant
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08/08/2006 06:42:34 AM
Very Serene. Great job, congrats on the Blue!!
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08/08/2006 06:30:33 AM
Wonderfully serene image. Brilliant stuff.
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08/08/2006 01:56:21 AM
Beautiful picture. Color combination makes it realy serene. Hearty congratulations.
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08/08/2006 12:07:01 AM
Great photo the fog in the back really adds to the calmness and peace to the photo
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08/07/2006 11:50:27 PM
Congrats on receiving the blue Alex. You've captured tranquility at it's best. Striking color and the centered composition was the perfect choice. I swear that Park has been a goldmine for you. I'll have to check it out if I ever make it to London.

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08/07/2006 06:25:53 PM
Congrats Alex! Stunning shot
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08/07/2006 05:27:06 PM
Congrats mate! Well deserved, this pic went straight for my faves and had I voted I would have given it a 10. Totally agree with you on the composition. Go mag 7!
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08/07/2006 03:33:45 PM
Stunning picture. Love the colors, congrats on your ribbon :o)
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08/07/2006 02:23:31 PM
Just perfect, Congrats to you!!
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08/07/2006 02:16:18 PM
Simply beautiful! Congratulations!
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08/07/2006 02:16:14 PM
Congrats on the blue...this is an absolutely stunning photo.
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08/07/2006 12:55:02 PM
hearty congratulations!
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08/07/2006 12:45:16 PM
Simply beautiful, congratulations!
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08/07/2006 12:27:26 PM
No surprise to see this win. It was my top pick; fits the challenge description to a tee!
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08/07/2006 11:18:06 AM
Beautiful image Alex! Congratulations!
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08/07/2006 10:53:44 AM
Lovely image..one you should be very proud of. Very ZEN!
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08/07/2006 10:51:28 AM
Beautiful shot Alex. Sorry I missed you while I was staying just over in Teddington. This is the kind of shot I would loved to have gotten. Cheers!
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08/07/2006 10:41:19 AM
Absolutely beautiful.
Congratulations.
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08/07/2006 10:26:06 AM
Congratulations on Your Blue! Magical Image worthy of the top spot!
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08/07/2006 10:08:14 AM
Nice!
Congrats on your ribbon.
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08/07/2006 09:33:35 AM
Congrats on a beautiful image!
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08/07/2006 09:05:41 AM
What a cool picture.I feel the calmness and beauty..Congrats on your ribbon.
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08/07/2006 07:39:05 AM
I'm so glad this won! It was my favorite, and I see it was alot of other people's too :) It is so perfect not only for this challenge -- but just perfect period!

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08/07/2006 06:48:08 AM
Beautiful
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08/07/2006 06:30:22 AM
Excellent Alex! A superb edit, gave this a 9 cause I wanted the swan slightly left, but the voters were great to you...well done. It really is a gorgeous shot...Enzo
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08/07/2006 04:29:29 AM
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08/07/2006 03:27:53 AM
beautiful capture. the orange bill contributes just the amount of sound needed to make the reflection completely silent.
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08/07/2006 02:43:59 AM
I love it when the only 10 I gave in a challenge gets the blue ribbon! This is a great example of how good a centered composition can look. Congratulations.
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08/07/2006 02:42:50 AM
Gorgeous shot, I can only imagine what this would look like blown up to 30 x 20 and mounted. Deserved ribbon mate. Well done.
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08/07/2006 01:02:57 AM
mmm-hmmmm. see boys and girls, a center crop does look good, when done correctly.
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08/07/2006 01:01:37 AM
Congratulations on the blue...this is not only calming but gorgeous.
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08/07/2006 12:48:40 AM
Perfect in every way. BRAVO
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08/07/2006 12:46:43 AM
Fantastic Image. Congrats on the Blue sir!!!
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08/07/2006 12:43:05 AM
Nice job. I liked this one alot.
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08/07/2006 12:36:19 AM
Super nice job!
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08/07/2006 12:35:21 AM
Congrats on your big score plus the BLUE.
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08/07/2006 12:34:12 AM
Congrats on the blue. This beauty was one of my top favourites.
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08/07/2006 12:29:12 AM
Congrats dude! This is just stunning... BEAUTIFUL!
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08/07/2006 12:25:26 AM
There are lovers of blue hues images. What makes this image more outstanding is the complementary color of orange which is just enough to allow the eyes to wander in peace, hence the object of delightful meditation. Congratulations on your outstanding entry and the Blue, which is a just reward.
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08/07/2006 12:19:32 AM
congrats...this was one of my 10's!
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08/07/2006 12:11:33 AM
congrats! this one was my favorite!
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08/07/2006 12:11:01 AM
Congrats on another blue!
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08/07/2006 12:08:01 AM
Congrats as this is the way this challenge should have finished out. Wonderful shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 11:55:43 PM
Just a quick glimpse through the thumbnails and this one sticks out strong. I love everything about this shot - lighting, reflection, colors, the mist and ripples. Very strong image that suits this challenge just fine. Giving an 8 right now - will be back to bump later. Oh and what the heck - you get a fav right off the bat as well. Very nice work. Back to bump up - but I might be back one more time.

Last minute bump - you get my ten for the challenge!
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08/06/2006 11:53:05 PM
Simply lovely. So very serene.
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08/06/2006 11:47:28 PM
One word to descrive this is Gorgeous. Great shot with what I imagine to be combined with great PP.
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08/06/2006 11:16:52 PM
breathtaking!
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08/06/2006 10:30:54 PM
Absolutely gorgeous! WONDERFUL!
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08/06/2006 07:36:03 PM
Another image thats suit this challenge so very well.....
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08/06/2006 02:27:06 PM
this one is very nice! I get that peaceful feeling just looking at it. Good Luck!
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08/06/2006 02:08:07 PM
Wonderful.
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08/06/2006 11:53:50 AM
Definitely very serene!! Beautifully done ~ 10
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08/06/2006 11:25:14 AM
stunning shot with a zenlike sense of serenity outstanding in its silent beauty
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08/06/2006 12:42:43 AM
If there ever was a poster for Swan Lake, this should be it. This is going into my favorites.
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08/05/2006 12:57:16 PM
absolutely beautiful. I haven't been through too many of these shots yet as i'm commenting on all I can but WOW. this could/should ribbon from what I've seen so far. Theres something very emotional about this. It nearly made me shed a tear.
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08/05/2006 01:51:06 AM
just beautiful...gave it a ten. good luck
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08/04/2006 05:15:21 PM
I love the serene colors and detail of this. Nice soft focus surrounding your subject. Gives me peace to look at.
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08/04/2006 03:44:39 PM
WOW. no words can describe how great this picture is. I feel peaceful just looking at it. I plan on seeing this on the front page here in a few days with a blue ribbon next to it! 10!
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08/04/2006 03:15:44 PM
I like the way you`ve processed this image..the lighting is very effective..it splits the image into horizontal thirds, dark bottom..light middle and back to dark at the top.
Good work, hope this does well for you.
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08/04/2006 06:18:08 AM
this has serenity coming out of its ears. it's very gorgeous and lovely. i love the deep blues, the calmness of the water, and the hazy blurry background. there is a slight halo effect around the back and the neck of the swan which is a bit off putting, but that aside a stunning piece of visual art. though, from the ripple in the water it looks like he is reversing.... still, great, moody, tranquil, very zenny. 9.
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08/04/2006 03:43:05 AM
Very pretty, and good job at creating a very still, serene photo. nGreat job from the 'Great Job Baggie'!
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08/03/2006 09:28:57 PM
This is just beautiful!!
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08/03/2006 06:41:23 PM
Awesome
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08/03/2006 03:33:27 PM
This one is amazing bumping up to a 10, fits the challenge perfectly
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08/03/2006 01:55:37 PM
serenity
cannot survive
so much beauty. 4
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08/03/2006 07:59:25 AM
This is beautiful such nice colours :o) 10
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08/02/2006 05:49:57 AM
I think the swan's just a wee bit too central for this image to - wait for it - dislocate the viewer from routine perception. Has zen simplicity but lacks zen detachment (because of the composition's geometry, forgive me, I'm struggling to express something here)
08/01/2006 10:32:04 PM
very very nice. i just wished the swan was placed a bit to the left. 9 from me.
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08/01/2006 08:01:24 PM
nice composition. i like the misty look in the background.
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08/01/2006 12:35:55 PM
I know nothing about zen, but going with the challenge discription I'd say you nailed it. Beautiful color tones and extraordinary use of the centered composition. Well done!
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08/01/2006 11:51:29 AM
Awesome..!!!!!
Words can do no justice to this one..
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08/01/2006 10:08:28 AM
im living in the wrong place. This is too beautiful!
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08/01/2006 08:28:32 AM
Fantastic colours and glow. I think the centered composition works brilliantly too. Great choice! 10
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08/01/2006 02:20:18 AM
Superb. It surely is serene and very Zen. A dash of white and ripples really helps in highlighting the serenity of the blue environment. I'd have personally liked to see a bit more of background (water/blue) and an off-centered placement of the swan. Still a lovely photo coming straight out of heaven. Goodluck. 9.
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08/01/2006 02:02:08 AM
This has to be the most beautiful image I have ever seen. No words can describe. Simply, 10... and fav.
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07/31/2006 09:04:14 PM
9: Lovely capture - the vertical pale blue lines at the top seem out of place
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07/31/2006 08:42:51 PM
Great mix of sharpness and softness.
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07/31/2006 07:05:33 PM
Nice contrast. Good Job!
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07/31/2006 06:52:38 PM
The mist and wonderful quality of the diffused light is just beautiful and does indeed convey a sense of serenity and harmony. Beautiful!
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07/31/2006 05:05:17 PM
Oh this photo!!! It is exactly what I imagined when I thought of zen photography. . .but I was sick last week and couldn't go out and capture it myself -- I'm glad I didn't even try because I never could have captured it like this! This is absolutely my favorite photo in this challenge, and this is going straight to my favorites folder! I hope to see this with a ribbon matching that beautiful water color!!! :) 10
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07/31/2006 03:49:49 PM
Absolutely awesome. The mood of this photo is terrific.
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07/31/2006 02:47:52 PM
Meets the challenge in every regard certainly. So over processed as to appear to be a painting rather than a photograph. That said, and precisely for that reason, this shot will probably rank very high, but for me the computer enhanced imagery actually detracts from the sense of harmony and serenity. I also think the composition would have benefited greatly by moving the bird off center. Nice shot overall. 6.
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07/31/2006 02:11:00 PM
Everything about this picture is perfect. BEAUTY.
10!
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07/31/2006 02:02:31 PM
Oh...real postcard...one of the top I guess.
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07/31/2006 01:39:07 PM
What a gorgeous image. Would it be even better if the swan wasn't exactly in the middle? Who knows - good luck with it anyway.
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07/31/2006 01:31:18 PM
This is a fantastic photo. Good luck.
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07/31/2006 01:08:07 PM
lovely balanced image..excellent lighting, color and composition.
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07/31/2006 01:00:56 PM
This is the swan picture I wish I could have taken! Excellent job.
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07/31/2006 12:26:35 PM
one of my top pick! beautiful ;)
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07/31/2006 10:09:19 AM
really wish this one was off center.
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07/31/2006 08:58:22 AM
Perfect. This is just lovely. 10
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07/31/2006 07:55:32 AM
this is superb, glorious and graceful...I love the light and colour...I wish the swan wasn't smack bang in the middle...perhaps the rule of thirds needed to be applied here placing the swan a little further to the left to give it something to wade towards, but that's minor in the light of how gorgeous this shot is 9
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