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Peace, Grace & Serenity???   Think again!
Peace, Grace & Serenity??? Think again!
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Challenge: Every Picture Tells A Story (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2008
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 EX DG HSM for Minolta
Location: Virginia
Date: Apr 29, 2008
Aperture: F9.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 29, 2008

For anyone looking at the time series, this was taken at 07:08:59.

Sony IDC
- Tone Curve (high 'S' shape)
- D-Range (Manual H45, S40)
- EV +.67
- Contrast +20
- Saturation +10
- Sharpness -100
- convert to 16 bit TIFF

PSP X
- Crop
- Selective desat and lighten on swan neck/head
- Smart Photo Fix (Blk +20, Wht +15)
- Color Balance (Temp 5790)
- Resize
- USM (.50,100,10) +luminance
- Save as JPG

On the way to work and the lighting on this pond grabbed my attention. Pulled over, grabbed my gear, and walked about 200 feet thru VERY wet tall grass (my shoes!) to get in position.

Usually I see a pair of swans here this time of year, but only one was out moving around. I think they may have yound ones, or are nesting. I say that because this swan chased off a mallard duck, then a canadian goose. This photo was taken just after the goose was run off.

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Title dilemma:
<--- . . . go on, scram, GIT! <--- . . . This is MY pond.

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Statistics
Place: 83 out of 170
Avg (all users): 5.6443
Avg (commenters): 4.0000
Avg (participants): 5.3056
Avg (non-participants): 5.9610
Views since voting: 733
Views during voting: 281
Votes: 149
Comments: 5
Favorites: 1 (view)


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05/12/2008 10:01:08 AM
I gave this a 7 because I could not quite get the title with the photo. It was more of a magical scene and the title kind of grounded it too much. I do feel this is a beautiful photo and I liked how you kept the bird bright and white to make it stand out from all the gold colors.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/11/2008 08:02:08 PM
Something must be lurking... Nice capture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2008 05:18:19 PM
Don't see a story here.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/07/2008 02:57:40 PM
Not sure about the title - but a delightful shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/06/2008 09:26:09 AM
Nice photo and I think "calm" when I see it, but I'm not getting much of a story out of this.
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