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4.52 Coot and cobbles
4.52 Coot and cobbles
Melethia


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Collection: B&W a Week 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
Date: Jan 18, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2008

Viewed: 609
Comments: 45
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Obviously there wasn't much color to begin with - a factor of shooting toward the light and it being a rather grayish kind of day. Post processing consists of a levels adjustment (first thing I usually do), very slight shadows/highlights (6% on each slider) to bring out the feathers a bit), increase in contrast and hue/sat (working on the RAW file - I generally will boost both contrast and hue/sat if working from RAW). Flatten, sharpen. Conversion to B&W using CS3's B&W tool, using the "auto" option, which I find generally works pretty well for me.

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12/27/2008 01:16:27 PM
nice shot reminds me of a alligator
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08/16/2008 10:20:22 PM
What a marvelous harmonic convergence of the letter C! Coots and Cobbles - sounds like an upmarket shop! Nice use of a leading line with those cobbles.
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03/31/2008 01:50:39 PM
Really nice shot Deb - love the 'S' shape of the cobbles drifting slowly out of focus as they recede
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03/31/2008 09:52:39 AM
I like the S curve element on this one, really moves the eye around the frame.
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03/08/2008 07:11:26 PM
Really nice light on this and you brought out the texture quite nicely.
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02/12/2008 12:04:11 PM
Love the reflection. The DOF is awesome, especially with how sharp the coot is. Great lighting for stark contrast.
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02/10/2008 03:48:56 PM
The dof is lovely, great s curve leading in, great stuff!
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02/06/2008 03:51:43 PM
I like the feather detail on this but I prefer the uncropped composition. You want to give your S-curves a chance to finish unfurling out of the frame.
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02/04/2008 04:54:51 AM
Love the DOF and the cobblestone lines. Very well composed - and I like the details in the feathers
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02/03/2008 06:50:09 AM
Great textures of the cobblestones, nice curves in the way the stones are arranged, nice placement of and details on the coot. Excellent!
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02/02/2008 10:25:39 PM
I cannot stop looking at this photo, there are so many elemnts that work so well. I love the lines, the light, the richness of your blacks. Beautiful.
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02/01/2008 01:11:07 AM
Nice lighting and I like the lines created by the stone leading the eye across the frame and to the subject.
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01/31/2008 12:29:47 AM
The DOF in your photo is perfect. The duck is the obvious subject, and it is perfectly in focus, and perfectly exposed. Everything else just plays a supporting roll adding highlights and lines of interest. Great photo of the south end of a north bound duck;-)
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01/30/2008 05:26:48 PM
Great detail and I love the lines of the brick path. And the depth of field works perfectly to keep the viewer's eye just where it needs to be.
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01/30/2008 03:10:00 PM
I very much like the leading lines that the brick create and their gentle s-curve. The tones of the bird (to long of legs for a coot?) is wonderful too. Great subject placement. This must be a shore bird of some sort with those long legs?
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01/30/2008 02:22:18 PM
Wow, the detail you have captured is great. I love the lines the bricks create along the right hand side of the picture.
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01/30/2008 09:15:50 AM
I like this very much - the composition is soothing in the way the eye is gently led. The ripples in the water seem like a natural extension of the lines formed by the cobbles. I particularly like the graduation of light from the bpttom left to the top right. Lovely.
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01/30/2008 08:52:26 AM
Well spotted! Very good detail in the blacks and the leading lines of the cobblestones are magic.
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01/29/2008 11:24:40 PM
I cannot keep from staring at the rich blacks and the feathers of the bird. Great job!
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01/29/2008 06:53:16 PM
Love the simplicity/apparent simplicity of this, and the spare but succinctly defined coot in his smooth rippled water. (I'm wondering why you didn't crop some off the top as you did the bottom; in your original the dark above the curve balances the bottom, but here I'm not sure).
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01/29/2008 05:45:15 AM
this is a beauty Deb, the gentle leading lines seem so peaceful and I think the natural gray day makes the black and white seem so natural. looking forward to more. :)
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01/28/2008 12:18:45 PM
Wiesbaden reminds me of pizza, for the reason I stayed there one year when visiting the Frankfurte Buchmesse and had a darned good meal there which happened to be Italian.... Reflecting water, lustre, sheen, add to an image is what I learned here...
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01/27/2008 08:47:53 PM
Nice composition. I like the conversion, the ripplies look great. The cobblestones add nice texture.
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01/27/2008 11:02:26 AM
I love the depth of field on this shot. Very well seen.
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01/27/2008 10:55:37 AM
My first thought was that the coot should be facing us and follow the rule of thirds more - however, looking at it more closely its just right as is. dof is spot on and as all before me have said you have lovely curves ;)

The brickwork in his shadow just complet it for me. I've just got CS3 as well and almost without fail the default convert to B&W seems to work.

Message edited by author 2008-01-27 10:55:57.
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01/27/2008 08:02:23 AM
Ver interesting shot, Deb. Love the swooping lines.
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01/27/2008 04:50:41 AM
The dof the lines formed as you follow the bricks on the ground and the 'pose' of the bird make this really pleasing.

At first look, i felt that the bird should be facing towards us or towards the side, but that would really just make it into any old bird photo. This way it is much more interesting.

I also like the darkness of the head of the bird
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01/27/2008 02:26:04 AM
Good job capturing the texture, high contrast works great here.
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01/26/2008 09:50:06 PM
fantastic simple image - the shine of the bricks and water contrast the feathers of the bird so well

- i wish i had cs3 or something other than elements to work with - i have photoshot envy!
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01/26/2008 09:27:38 PM
I really enjoy the S curve in this photo. Even more, I enjoy the shallow DOF. If you had more DOF, my eye would be led to the top of the photo. As it is, the S curve is a really interesting element, but doesn't detract from the bird. Great Choice!
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01/26/2008 07:00:45 PM
Very nice Deb! Simple and natural composition. The B&W conversion is great but what I really like is the depth of field. I think its enhanced even more by the fact that the water is highlighted in the foreground and dark in the background.

I look forward to seeing more of your B&W work as the year progresses.
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01/26/2008 04:09:00 PM
And as I stood on the street, the bird ignored me, drinking from the water along the cobblestones, immune to my presence, with a delicate balanced step forged in the foundry of time. I looked, and he was gone . . .

Thanks for capturing him for us, Deb, your work is always a delight. Welcome home :)
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01/26/2008 03:36:57 PM
Grrr - I typed something and then it did not post. Too quick to push buttons I think. Anyway, I am glad that I will get to see pics from Germany now! Looking forward to it.

What I love about your work is how you are able to take something very simple and turn it into a beautiful piece of art. I love the curve leading into the photo. And the contrast and detail on the feathers is awesome!

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01/26/2008 03:18:45 PM
You managed to separate the bird from the background well here, even with the strong pattern in the bricks. Great detail and lines.
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01/26/2008 01:47:17 PM
Nice shot. Like the detail in the foreground and the gentle curves of the cobblestones.
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01/26/2008 01:37:35 PM
The sharpness of the bird is really great. I love your choice of DOF. It gives a really dreamy feeling.
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01/26/2008 01:24:39 PM
Great DOF! Feeling alone, bleary, wet...moody, evocative...Great Job! :)
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01/26/2008 12:19:01 PM
Very nice! Looks like something right out of the b/w magazine.
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01/26/2008 11:37:16 AM
Ohhhh Deb! I am looking so forward to a whole year of being able to share your work. I just love your take on things! You make the simple so emotive and striking! I love the high contrast and the perfect position of seeing the bird from behind (so as not to intrude on the scene), yet, being able to see his face. And I love the leading lines and texture of that brick.

WELCOME HOME !!!!! As much as I LOVED your Middle East photos -- this is like a Melethia breath of fresh air :)

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01/26/2008 11:26:52 AM
I love how the lines of the bricks seem to "hug" the bird. Black and white is wonderful here and lets the eye totally relish the shapes and flows.
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01/26/2008 10:16:54 AM
The lines are great - I like the gentle curves. Enough dof to enhance the lines without distracting from the subject.
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01/26/2008 09:49:41 AM
It's always difficult to create nice photos on those gray days. The pattern of the cobbles and the lines are beautiful. (perhaps giving the coot less attention than it deserves).
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01/26/2008 09:35:05 AM
I really like the composition for this one. You cropped it well.
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01/26/2008 08:38:39 AM
I really like the comp and the detail in the feathers. Wish there had been a bit of "fill light" to show some detail in the head and bill.
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01/26/2008 08:12:58 AM
This is great. The swoop of the cobblestone and the lone bird feeding makes this quite serene. One of your best, imo.

Message edited by author 2008-01-26 08:31:10.
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