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Day 3 - Bird and Rainbow
Day 3 - Bird and Rainbow

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Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Norwich, England
Date: Jul 3, 2007
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80 s
Galleries: Abstract, Nature
Date Uploaded: Aug 3, 2007

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Comments: 14
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This is a heavily cropped and processed shot that I took while trying to capture a rainbow (at one point a double rainbow). I need to post a series of these here (unprocessed) and ask what I did wrong, because they're awful. This one, however, with the bird (swallows were everywhere that evening), I like for this side challenge. It's likely the only shot I had that I'll use for this challenge (all others were/will be done specifically for it).


In camera raw, auto settings as shot
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Neat image
Heavy levels
Cloned out extra bird specs
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08/15/2007 04:18:06 PM
from the blurgeois pedagogues thread:

This contrasts nicely with some other photos I've looked at. For one thing, it is confessed to be an accident. The "art" here was the art of selecting the right accident, cropping it to the size and shape it wants to be, and then processing it. This is a valid and common way for an artist to balance the left and right brain, the ego and the id, the conscious and the unconscious.

Next, in contrast to Jeffrey above, blur in this case makes the symbols *more* symbolic. It is impossible to think of the bird as one particular bird. The rainbow, too, is impossible to think of as the weather condition of a particular day in a particular photographer's life. The viewer is forced to look at these subjects as symbols, and to an extent viewers like seeing such an authoritative stance from the artist. It's like reading a novel by Dickens, an authoritative narrator.

The danger, though, is that the image will be too simple. It will be too obvious what I should think. But the obvious message that normally would resonate from these symbols is missing, and that would be the message of aspiration and progress. This image is not a corporate success poster.

How did Rob avoid that? Well, for one thing, the bird is practically sideways, not soaring upward. Also, the composition is cramped. The bird actually seems trapped by the rainbow. The rainbow itself has more personality than you normally expect from a rainbow. It's a little crabby, looks a bit neon and brittle. For me, the image represents a frank look at change, how it forces transcendence but at a painful price. For you, it might be different. But that room for interpretation is NOT an accident. It was built in by the artist.
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08/13/2007 03:04:56 PM
Rob, this is beautiful and PERFECT for this challenge. It doesn't matter when you took the pic as long as you learn and improve IMO.
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08/11/2007 11:27:33 AM
Beautiful accident. :)
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08/05/2007 08:28:53 AM
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08/03/2007 11:19:38 PM
Excellent - lovely to see what can become of shots you didn't think worked, isn't it?
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08/03/2007 10:26:14 PM
WOW, that is a gorgeous shot. So ... I don't the right word. Evocative? Provocative? It takes the mystery of a rainbow, where no matter how strong it is, it's just still a little too dim to see clearly, and turns into a brilliant streak daring you not to look. And that bird! It could be anything, from a random wanderer to a minion of hell come to take all the color out of the world.

Or sumthin'. ;)
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08/03/2007 08:30:23 PM
Even without the rainbow this would have been an awesome shot!
With the rainbow, just sensational! Well done!
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08/03/2007 07:27:12 PM
Completely stunning. As thumb it was already exciting; in full size even more so. I can't think of anything else to say - I'm floored.
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08/03/2007 06:30:19 PM
Just beautiful, love the saturated colors of the rainbow!
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08/03/2007 06:25:51 PM
Super shot. Might to to process it with a bit less green. But still very very nice!
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08/03/2007 05:05:39 PM
Amazing how abstract this image is. Wonderful capture.
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08/03/2007 04:31:51 PM
Of the three posted in the thread, this is the ONLY one for me. Great diagonal line and the spread of the bird's sing is on the exactly same plane, in parallel, with the Rainbow. Very cool. I like the intensity of it. Well done.
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08/03/2007 04:26:47 PM
oooo, yeah.
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08/03/2007 04:18:11 PM
Well, you know how it goes where you take a hundred shots for the one good one -- I haven't seen the ones you think are awful -- but I'd say they were all worth it for this one! I love photographing birds in flight, so I have such an appreciation for photos that capture the bird with his wings spread just right so that the bird looks majestic and beautiful (rather than a blob you almost can't tell what it is).

And that rainbow!! Wow! Wow! Wow! Whatever you may have done wrong with the others, I think you did everything juuuuuuuust right on this one!

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