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Open Water: Dusk Swan Song
Open Water: Dusk Swan Song

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Challenge: Sea (not land) (Basic Editing)
Camera: HP PhotoSmart R927
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Jun 30, 2007
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jul 2, 2007

This isn't an "ocean scene" as I don't live near one! I live in the city. But, I do live near Lake Ontario and while the area has a lot of land surrounding the accessible open water, I caught this shot of the water BECAUSE of the swan on it! So, while it may not be the pretty "ocean scenes" that I'm sure many entrants will provide, I like my "open water" shot.

My guess is that voters will say: "Too plain" or "not a seascape scene" or, "not enough interest" but, as one person wrote on a post in the forums, were we to see the photograph of a great photographer in here, not knowing so, we'd likely vote his/her photos into the dumps! (These are MY words, paraphrasing, not theirs btw). How true!

I color corrected, despeckled, hue adjusted, brightness and contrast, re-sized and the normal stuff we all do during basic editing. (why I write this, I have no idea!)

Vote guess: mostly 4's, partially 5's, one or two who like it and vote it a 6 or 7 purely because it appeals to them as it did me (thank you!!!) and of course, the obligatory 1's, 2's and 3's from the Trolls which will MORE than erase the good of the couple of 6's and 7's! *grin*

Ah well.....I like it! That's what truly counts. May not be perfect technically, but then again, I have a crappy P&S camera which as a response time of a slug!!! Gotta save up for a better camera! :)

Place: 92 out of 121
Avg (all users): 5.1818
Avg (commenters): 4.7500
Avg (participants): 4.7619
Avg (non-participants): 5.2874
Views since voting: 565
Views during voting: 282
Votes: 209
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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07/11/2007 11:59:50 AM
Hello dear friend and happy birthday to you! Hope today has been a wonderful day!

I sea no land so it MUST certainly be an open water shot. The bird adds a wonderful element of grace to the photo. Beautiful colors as well. Some day you will have to tell me the words of the swan song... :D
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/05/2007 10:32:47 PM
Pretty swan.
07/05/2007 07:41:59 PM
A bit out of focus. But very peaceful.
07/05/2007 11:39:01 AM
Love the swan, but the picture doesn't really make me think "Sea(not land)".
07/05/2007 03:49:48 AM
the colors here are nice. But the swan looks soft, and lacks anythign of real interest. 5
07/04/2007 11:02:18 AM
nice pic.
07/04/2007 12:36:55 AM
It feels to me that the swan is the main attraction of this photo and not the sea. Is it the sea?
07/04/2007 12:32:16 AM
beautiful reflections in the water. Having the swan in there makes the water seem more vast and reflective.
07/04/2007 12:29:23 AM
I don't think swans go out to sea.

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