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As the Ice Melts
As the Ice Melts

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Challenge: Fine Arts: Exhibit I (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A350
Lens: Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro Lens for Sony
Location: Melrose, MA, USA
Date: Mar 6, 2010
Aperture: f4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Black and White, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2010

Goose playing in the water near the ice/water line. 200 mm zoom with polarizer

COnvert form Raw in IDC
PP in Gimp
B&W in channel mixer


I was going for an old school arty B&W film look on this one (which apparently was not what the challenge was about). The texture of the ice (which is what is in the background -- it is even mentioned in the title) and the motion of the splash gives it a grainy feel, but there is actually no grain/noise in the photo. I thought that the slight blur of the wings gave it a feeling of joy as the birds are heading north and returning to their ponds as the ice melts.

Then again maybe it is just a photo of a bird playing in the water.

Place: 159 out of 193
Avg (all users): 4.8299
Avg (commenters): 4.6667
Avg (participants): 4.6832
Avg (non-participants): 4.9892
Views since voting: 519
Views during voting: 357
Votes: 194
Comments: 8
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03/19/2010 02:17:12 PM
I liked this. It is almost all composition and texture, allowing the goose to serve up the frisson. I suspect it would print way better than it looks on the monitor especially at this size, and indeed this is one of the dangers of this venue - I find myself catering to the electronic display rather than thinking about ink and paper.

The spareness or understatement of your elements says fine art to me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/14/2010 04:33:45 PM
I think the point of this challenge was to push boundaries and aim for a more contemporary feel -- to avoid the usual calendar images.

That may not have been clear from the challenge name, though the description pointed to a discussion thread where some of this was hashed out.
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03/14/2010 03:49:55 PM
3 - Both your title and the way you have processed this, including composition and tilt, isn't saying 'art' to me.
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03/14/2010 10:17:21 AM
I like the feel of this, nicely captured..
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03/10/2010 06:39:33 PM
Well composed and processed. I like the grain.
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03/10/2010 07:58:57 AM
Beautiful capture, timing and composition. Not sure if it is noise near the top, or shimmering water but it definitely adds to the 'fine art' feel.
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03/09/2010 04:15:40 PM
really good tone in this...not dull or flat...excellent
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03/09/2010 05:33:18 AM
Would I hang it on my wall. Probably not, but still a nice picture. However I judge on what I would hang in my apartment. I can only give you a 4 here.

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