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Une Belle Paire
3rd PlaceUne Belle Paire
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Partners (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S-DX Zoom-Nikkor 200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR
Location: Crysal, MN
Date: Jun 2, 2008
Aperture: F4
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 2, 2008

Took this at a local park near my home. Not much for the setup just extreme patience to get a shot of both swan doing the same thing at the same time.
Cloned out a duck in the upper right part of the scene, whitened the swans heads a bit since they were pretty dirty, D/B, Smart Sharpen, Neat Image, added border, cropped, resized and submitted. I hope you like it!

Thinking mid 6's with a dream score of 7.1


YAAAAAAA! My 1st Ribbon!!! Thanks Everyone for all the great scores and comments!

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 155
Avg (all users): 7.0531
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.9057
Avg (non-participants): 7.0983
Views since voting: 4811
Views during voting: 374
Votes: 226
Comments: 41
Favorites: 9 (view)


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06/14/2008 06:57:00 PM
so beautiful
06/13/2008 09:44:34 AM
Congratulations on a highly deserved ribbon here! The processing and lighting are absolutely beautiful.
06/11/2008 09:41:00 PM
Dayam! I have tried SO hard to photograph white swans without blowing them totally out without HALF this success! Congratulations!
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06/11/2008 02:55:19 PM
Excellent Color, Composition, Post-Process! Dittos on an obvious Winner! :)
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06/11/2008 02:34:16 PM
you almost got your dream score! congrats!
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06/11/2008 01:54:36 PM
That's a very nice picture, but the title...
My guess is that you are not french, as what comes to the mind of most people regarding "une belle paire" is either nipples or balls ;-)
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06/11/2008 12:23:23 PM
I'm so happy!

Message edited by author 2008-06-11 12:24:19.
06/11/2008 12:05:10 PM
Congratulations on your great finish and first ribbon. Those swans are so beautiful your patience paid off. :)
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06/11/2008 10:06:43 AM
beautiful contrast...bravo
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06/11/2008 10:05:16 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!! This is a beautiful capture.
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06/11/2008 08:13:05 AM
Wonderful image, congratulations on your yellow ribbon!
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06/11/2008 05:52:23 AM
SYMMETRY! Great work Chris...hopefully they won't dq you for cloning out the duck...great image well done on your first ribbon
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06/11/2008 03:16:53 AM
Way to go, Chris! Congrats! Looking at your top entries, this mighta got a blue if you set them on fire. :)
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06/11/2008 01:24:55 AM
congrats on the ribbon!!
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06/11/2008 01:08:48 AM
Beautiful shot, Chris. Using French titles seems to help; I'll try that next time. ;-)
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06/11/2008 01:05:16 AM
The syncronicity is increbilble. I was one of your 10's
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06/11/2008 12:45:47 AM
Great timing and classically beautiful. Congrats on your ribbon, Chris.
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06/11/2008 12:07:16 AM
Great job with this one, really nice timing to get both of them in almost the exact position. Great job and congrats on the ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/10/2008 10:51:44 PM
Great shot. Top ten for sure and probably a ribbon. Great.
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06/10/2008 06:49:18 AM
Great contrast, detail lost in feathers
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06/09/2008 10:37:59 PM
Classic and well done. Good lighting and good luck!
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06/09/2008 03:42:38 PM
Very good composition...perhaps it might be better if the swans were a little further apart to enhance the effect of symmetry.
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06/08/2008 10:57:24 PM
Lovely shot.
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06/08/2008 08:24:25 PM
Hi! I'm going to give you an 9 because of the tail being close to the edge, and the heads are a TIIINY bit dirty. Its really pretty! I hope you win a ribbon. :)
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06/08/2008 03:22:40 AM
Excellent symmetry
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06/06/2008 06:02:17 PM
Yes they are "Belle" but I think the image does not transmit teamwork or any kind or mutually benefitial relationship.

For me it dnmc but the image is so beautiful I will give you a 6 for that.
06/06/2008 09:31:25 AM
great contrast between the birds and water
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06/05/2008 03:44:23 PM
I really like this, the subject matter is a perfect representation of the challenge title. Funnily enough, the way their heads are looking down, they look sort of sad, they might have had a wee fall out!

I think the lighting is a bit too harsh on the main body of the Swans, if this was toned down I think it would improve the shot.
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06/05/2008 01:14:34 PM
Really great. The contrast works great here.
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06/05/2008 09:39:28 AM
Great angle, composition, lighting, and concept. The way the birds are mimicking each other is also makes them a stronger subject.
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06/05/2008 08:35:53 AM
Wonderful radiance and beautifully in sync! 10
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06/05/2008 02:29:43 AM
Obviously this will do well, likely top 5. Top vignette is a bit heavy.
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06/04/2008 06:27:08 PM
Wow, all that came to me when I saw this is wow! :-) 10
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06/04/2008 03:39:55 PM
Extremely nice, love the contrast. My only comment is that the focus seems a little soft which may be intentional.
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06/04/2008 01:30:01 PM
Nice composition. The focus and contrast around the eyes could be improved.
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06/04/2008 12:37:26 PM
Oh lovely swan shot! Perfect desat of the water brings out the birds nicely.
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06/04/2008 10:03:54 AM
nice lighting effects. i like the soft tones
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06/04/2008 09:38:37 AM
Wow, fantastic look, everything here is perfect. Although maybe a little more space between the tail and the border to even it out would look good, but still a 10 in my opinion.
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06/04/2008 09:12:09 AM
Picture perfect
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06/04/2008 04:14:10 AM
Well, what's to say?
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06/04/2008 12:28:15 AM
nice picture
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