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Challenge: Free Study XV (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenges 2006
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Park in Wiesbaden, Germany
Date: Nov 26, 2006
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Abstract, Blur
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2006

A happy accident is what this is. I was in the park and these guys all took off so I took a shot. Settings were all wrong. Gotta love when that happens, don't you?

I'm well aware this will bomb as far as score goes. I'm equally aware that not a darn thing is in focus here. And yet I'm quite taken with the end result.

Post processing - I believe I reduced the exposure just a touch in RAW then took it into Photoshop. Did a duplicate layer in overlay mode, reduced opacity on that a bit, flattened. Smart sharpen, crop, a wee bit o' curves, resize and border.

Statistics
Place: 234 out of 501
Avg (all users): 5.7255
Avg (commenters): 6.8636
Avg (participants): 5.7308
Avg (non-participants): 5.7143
Views since voting: 3416
Views during voting: 225
Votes: 153
Comments: 69
Favorites: 45 (view)


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01/12/2012 10:29:12 PM
in a word, exquisite
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08/16/2010 10:07:19 PM
This just came to my attention for the first time in a thread, it's a superb shot, full of happyness and life!
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08/16/2010 06:03:23 PM
Well, since my last visit, I did buy it. :) And I keep coming back to it online also.
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02/08/2010 09:08:08 PM
Exqusite. Your processing skills are so good too.
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02/02/2010 03:15:26 PM
I keep coming back to this in my favourites and it is just so uplifting that I can't help smiling every time I look at it.

The 'almost in focus' birds against the moving background is just beautiful.

Stunning

Message edited by author 2010-02-02 15:16:19.
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06/30/2009 04:46:35 PM
A fun shot. I'll be it's even more effective in a larger size. The colors and motion convey what a simple shot probably wouldn't have here.
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09/27/2008 11:59:02 AM
Very interesting picture. Reminds me a bit of the LeRoy Neiman school of composition with all the excitement and colour.
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08/03/2007 07:06:08 PM
I ordered a print of this and it came today. It is so wonderful in person. Can't wait to frame it up and enjoy. Fab colors, Deb. So glad you made it available for us to enjoy!!!
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06/15/2007 09:27:56 PM
Admirable, alluring, angelic, appealing, beauteous, bewitching, charming, classy, comely, cute, dazzling, delicate, delightful, divine, elegant, enticing, excellent, exquisite, fair, fascinating, fine, good-looking, gorgeous, graceful, grand, handsome, ideal, lovely, magnificent, marvelous, nice, pleasing, pretty, pulchritudinous, radiant, ravishing, refined, resplendent, shapely, sightly, splendid, stunning, sublime, superb, well-formed, wonderful.

Did I forget any? Oh yeah: Beautiful!
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06/10/2007 03:42:22 PM
Amazingly beautiful and very poetic.
Love it :)
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06/10/2007 01:20:54 PM
Quite a pleasant moving visual treat. It appears to sweep right past your eyes. Very nice!
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04/30/2007 01:02:25 PM
I have to say I've enjoyed revisiting this image once again! Quite lovely.
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04/12/2007 10:24:28 PM
amazing...simply amazing!!
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04/12/2007 09:13:23 PM
I am just visiting your profile to grab this image as a fav. It makes me happy ... as the title suggested it might.
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01/30/2007 08:45:48 PM
Great title for a wonderful image!
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01/29/2007 02:46:24 AM
I'm back again. This is one of my all-time favorite shots on DPC. I've come closer to buying this than anything else, and I still just might at some point.
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01/25/2007 11:48:38 AM
I absolutely love it Deb!! came back now just to say something nice once more:) and I'll be back many times:)!!
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01/24/2007 08:45:47 AM
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are amazing!
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01/16/2007 10:05:49 AM
This is a truly wonderful shot and I'm really glad you entered it into the free study full well knowing it wouldn't do as amazing as it deserves to.
how beautiful!
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01/09/2007 02:48:26 PM
The colors and movement in this are just wonderful! Very classy shot.
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01/06/2007 02:38:09 PM
trying to do this deliberately never works for me. this is a lovely abstract and so wonderful that this was an accidental shot.
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12/30/2006 11:27:31 AM
This is an excellent image. It would have been a good entry for the "diagonal" challenge for sure. It's quite abstract, just color form and motion, which is a nice disconnect from the usual static capture of a split second.
I like it too, as I see others have commented.
Good title too. It really fits the scene.
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12/30/2006 09:54:50 AM
Beautiful disaster.....lovely title too!
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12/30/2006 01:27:49 AM
Still waiting for you to make this into a print so I can buy it. One of your best. Truly glorious in movement and tone saturation.
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12/13/2006 01:27:46 AM
Ahhhh! Simply stunning!!! I definitely think you should write a tutorial on this as the previous comment said. Also WOW what a score! For a shot like this you definitely did well, congrats!
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12/10/2006 04:49:32 PM
Beautiful! Impressionist and perfectly balanced, what a gorgeous photograph.
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12/10/2006 10:05:29 AM
Hey Deb, This looks like a painting that should be hanging on a wall. This is a really nice shot. Rarely do you see a shot that is completely out of focus that turns out so nice. I think that the birds are more in-focus than the rest of the picture and it makes it look sharper than it really is. Could you please write a tutorial on how to have these kinds of accidents?
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12/08/2006 07:05:29 PM
That is excellent. I can learn so much from this. Thank you.
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12/08/2006 03:08:43 PM
I have tryed this effect deliberately & still not got it as good as this.
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12/08/2006 02:10:21 PM
Yay for Happy Accidents!!! This is stunning in an abstract sort of way. :)
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12/08/2006 01:46:20 PM
beautiful capture. the lively colors and the whole composition go so well with the title.
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12/08/2006 01:13:33 PM
hmm, I gave it 10 :) my favourite photo from the whole challenge:) excellent photo and work!
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12/08/2006 11:39:48 AM
I didn't leave a comment, just a very high score. Didn't really know what to say except that it is spectacular.
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12/08/2006 11:31:17 AM
This is a stunning shot Deb! I would hang this on my wall for sure!
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12/08/2006 10:32:51 AM
Well, you know it's good, so I don't have to tell you that, but POW! didn't it work. I'll join the chorus of congratulations for having the arsehole to enter it. Thanks.
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12/08/2006 10:06:02 AM
I am stunned at the lack of artful viewers. This is stunning on so many levels. I see it in an avant garde gallery hanging amidst other like images. Keep up the work, deb. It is just outstanding.
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12/08/2006 09:22:52 AM
You scored suspiciously high on this shot. I might have to drop a note to the SC... btw, art is all about happy accidents. congratulations.
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12/08/2006 09:21:54 AM
I think this is a great shot.
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12/08/2006 08:45:38 AM
This is a piece of artwork that is deserving of a prominent place of display - hopefully in many places! Wonderful photo Deb.
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12/08/2006 06:12:26 AM
way under rated. I'll never understand voters. Never.
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12/08/2006 03:50:28 AM
also its a skill to recognize the good in failure
dynamic stuff
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12/08/2006 03:34:42 AM
this was you!! excellent, fitting title too.
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12/08/2006 03:23:22 AM
I missed this one. Great shot and the title is perfect!
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12/08/2006 02:15:13 AM
gave it an 8, reminds me of a painting, has a dreamy quality to it too. beautiful!
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12/08/2006 12:55:24 AM
Great job, Deb! This is just beautiful. You can add another favorite. :)
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12/08/2006 12:25:30 AM
Screw the score. I gave it a 7. Great stuff.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2006 09:39:53 PM
Love this...perfect title.
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12/07/2006 07:36:18 PM
Wow. I got nothing else. Throw out any suggestions you might get for changing this. Except if you get one for... nah - just kidding. Seriously - this is excellent. 10
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12/07/2006 07:03:29 PM
This is unique, but I find it a bit too busy and can't find anything to really concentrate on.
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12/07/2006 03:22:50 PM
Beautiful. This would make a fantastic print.
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12/06/2006 07:32:46 PM
Perfect title and such a cool feeling of movement. Great colors too. Love this. 8
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12/06/2006 01:56:50 PM
Stunning. Thank you for disregarding scores and putting such beauty into a challenge. 10
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12/05/2006 11:09:26 PM
This is a little heavy on the motion blur for my taste.
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12/05/2006 04:43:25 PM
would love to know if this is panned or an effect...
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12/05/2006 03:02:45 PM
I really like this very magical and romantic, but it gets a bit harsh to view in the brighter areas of this photo. I think the motion blur worked really well in the darker toned areas of this photo.
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12/05/2006 12:14:03 AM
unique shot.
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12/04/2006 11:00:39 PM
interesting shot, it doesn't work for me, but I hope others can appreciate it more... good luck
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12/04/2006 04:57:32 PM
I really like this alot. It reminds me of an impressionist painting. I love the motion, but so many of the birds are stand-out focused. Really nice work!
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12/04/2006 03:34:32 PM
Oh this is lovely! What a fantastic sense of motion and emotion both! Those vivid colours definitely give a positive feeling to this! Just wonderful!
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12/02/2006 03:32:40 AM
this is great! absolutely wonderful!
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12/01/2006 10:51:53 PM
bit oversaturated
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12/01/2006 06:53:34 PM
Great title, and creative processing. You took a chance and it worked. One of my favorites. 8
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12/01/2006 11:38:55 AM
i know its been done before, but its still great! reminds me of xion's
work
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12/01/2006 11:25:18 AM
i like the blur in this alot
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12/01/2006 08:27:48 AM
Neat :) I like it a lot...
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12/01/2006 02:45:57 AM
not quite abstract - I don't know what you are trying to say - sorry
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12/01/2006 12:57:50 AM
Nice to see some creative work.
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12/01/2006 12:30:08 AM
very nice motion panning... its almost like a painting.
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12/01/2006 12:05:33 AM
I love the bon vivante feel of this. Almost like a watercolor painting. It's lovely.
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