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Pelicans à la scrap
Pelicans à la scrap

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Challenge: Painting With Light IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Date: Jul 19, 2011
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 32 seconds
Galleries: Cityscape
Date Uploaded: Jul 23, 2011

Only pretty standard editing, nothing exciting to report here.

I guess the "painting" isn't very obvious, which is a shame, since the pelicans were totally in the dark.

I was amazed to see that this statue survived the January floods - the pelicans were covered in assorted junk, but they made it through. Quite an achievement, considering all the stuff that went down our poor river at that time.

[Jul. 25th, 2011 10:24:18 PM]

So yes..... the pelicans ARE the subject of the "painting" - without the light, you'd only be seeing them in silhouette.

No, I did not make the statues, I'm afraid I'm not clever enough for that :-)
Website showing statue.

Place: 6 out of 52
Avg (all users): 6.4580
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 5.7273
Avg (non-participants): 6.7041
Views since voting: 2488
Views during voting: 390
Votes: 131
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/07/2011 01:18:14 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club:

Well, you don't need me to tell you that this is a successful image - most of the 131 people who voted have already told you that.

Let's put the painting with light part aside for a moment. The part of the image that most fascinates me are the interplay of shadows and river in the middle distance - make the whole thing look like a faux-backdrop. At the same time, it is clear to the brain that it is genuine and that adds to the whole effect.

I suppose to me the background is a touch overexposed but that's a difficult call without seeing what a darker image would look like. The image has nice coloration throughout but I'm particularly taken with the pastels of the flowing water.

I never dipped into this challenge so I'm glad to have had the opportunity to view this image.

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08/01/2011 12:32:52 PM
im glad to see i wasn't the only one "fooled" by the painting source, you did TOOOO well with it! i'm sorry i didn't give you further benefit of the doubt with this image it's truly beautiful.
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08/01/2011 09:32:46 AM
Fantastic image my dear friend and congratulations on a wonderful placement. Looking forward to seeing these cute little birdies when I visit...oh, you didn't know I was visiting... well I am. :O)

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08/01/2011 03:51:27 AM
Sweeeet! Great job, Karin! Congrats on the terrific finish.
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08/01/2011 01:06:43 AM
Well done, Beetle!!!
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08/01/2011 12:04:33 AM
Hey, nice finish Beetle! WTG!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/31/2011 11:06:07 PM
funny and well painted.
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07/31/2011 09:36:44 PM
although i believe this will get a ribbon just for its sheer beauty, i think the level of technical difficulty (painting) doesn't appear that of a longer exposure. (im making my guess based on the city lights.) if i am wrong i apologize. i scored this a 7 because it's just awesome and beautiful.
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07/31/2011 07:38:14 AM
Great image,hope it does well.
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07/29/2011 09:20:46 PM
Cool picture... but non-stationary light source?
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07/29/2011 01:06:01 PM
Interesting subject matter. Implies a story of cyborg pelicans coming to the city, discussing their plans to take over the world. My only nitpick (and this might sound incredibly nitpicky) is if you angled it ever so slightly more, so the slight shadow line on the right edge of the picture on the water is cropped out, it would give the water a greater sense of three-dimensionality and give the pelicans a greater sense of space in relation to the bridge.
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07/26/2011 03:01:47 AM
Now that is great. 10
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07/25/2011 09:58:23 PM
Very pretty and amuseing shot! Did u make the pelicans just for this? Just love this one!
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07/25/2011 12:25:17 PM
I need to learn how to take such extraordinarily sharp night images. Incredible. And I'm guessing the pelicans are the things being painted?
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