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Swan Lake (De Sousa) - Adagio (MAK)
Swan Lake (De Sousa) - Adagio (MAK)
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Challenge: Deja Vu III (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Location: Austin, TX
Date: Sep 14, 2007
Aperture: F11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 20 s
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Sep 14, 2007

De Sousa uses such imagination and precision in his work and the photo Swan Lake ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/716/120/559548.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/716/120/559548.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' is a wonderful example of his quality. I altered this a bit to parody the award winning swan in Adagio by MAK ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/728/120/573218.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/728/120/573218.jpg', '/') + 1) . '.

I have no strobe or external flash so to get the contrast I had to use a flashlight (Mini Maglite) during an 20 second exposure. I first lighted the front which cast the shadows and then moved and added just a spot of light at the back of the swan to fill under the wings.

Thank you everyone for commenting on my photo. Some liked that I combined the two ribbon winners into a common photo and some didn't. I am pleased with the response and a personal best. Wooo hooo!

Statistics
Place: 35 out of 111
Avg (all users): 6.5229
Avg (commenters): 7.5294
Avg (participants): 6.4364
Avg (non-participants): 6.5714
Views since voting: 1754
Views during voting: 389
Votes: 153
Comments: 21
Favorites: 2 (view)


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09/25/2007 01:36:34 PM
This was a risky shot, and I think it was the reason you didn't score better. Two pictures in one, maybe, it was too much for some literal voters waiting for a single copy. IMO you did a great, great job with a very difficult photograph. Congrats!
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09/24/2007 09:45:51 AM
Ron! Congratulations. You did a fantastic job on this, and achieved a personal best score. Way to GO!

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09/24/2007 08:16:39 AM
Look at that - your personal best! I love the adagio touch. The lighting looks great and I like the hint of blue. MAK liked it, so how cool is that? Congrats on a great photo and a great score!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/23/2007 11:14:44 PM
Beautiful lighting and detail. Nice tribute.
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09/21/2007 08:28:23 PM
great image - 10
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09/20/2007 10:08:50 PM
Excellent!! Clever combining the two images. 10
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09/20/2007 08:55:09 PM
well done.
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09/20/2007 08:10:51 PM
Adagio, eh? This too is good. 7
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09/19/2007 08:23:18 PM
A fairly well done emulation of De Sousa's Swan Lake. The musical wake as the swan 'swims' past is what really makes the both compositions demand our attention and play with our imagination. Lighting and details are good in your composition. There are a few things that I think can be done to improve the composition such that it moves from the above average category to the excellent category. First is that I think that the flow of the disrupted music should be stretched out more on an angle to give a stronger appearance of a wake behind the swan. Here the wake is probably at a 70 degree angle whereas a 45 degree angle would be better. The other suggestion is that angling the swan at a 45 degree angle would be more visually appealing than one that is angled almost perpendicular to the viewer. I think showing the wings curled adds a different dimension to the composition (for I really do think of MAK's Adagio in the wings challenge) but in the long run the view from behind doesn't work as effectively for the shadows thrown behind on the wake really obsure the music. A swan with sharper folds and angled such that the majority of the shadows thrown is off to the side of the wake making the wake & it's music much more prominent.
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09/19/2007 07:12:51 PM
It'll be interesting to see how this does. Very clever combining the two images and a very nice touch making the "wake" more subtle.
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09/19/2007 02:33:11 AM
Nice work.
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09/18/2007 02:29:47 PM
Nice combination.
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09/18/2007 01:50:25 PM
nice capture
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09/17/2007 10:34:10 PM
Incredible job :)
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09/17/2007 07:27:11 PM
clever!
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09/17/2007 01:19:17 PM
Of the three takes on De Sousa's 'Swan Lake', this is probably my favorite. It is sharper and has more drama than the others.
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09/17/2007 08:06:22 AM
Best one of these retakes.....
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09/17/2007 05:27:35 AM
Too cute, thank you very much, I'm honoured
great shot BTW
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09/17/2007 05:21:03 AM
holy deja vu... this is the second time i've voted on somebody re-doing this shot. should have flipped photo horizontally
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09/17/2007 04:29:42 AM
maybe you should have chosen only one image to copy, the swan is not as beautiful as in the originals
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09/17/2007 12:20:33 AM
I am glad you did a variation rather than a straight copy...well done
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