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The legend of the Children of Lir (by Jenny McCullough)
Once upon a time there was a king called Lir. He had four children, one daughter Fionnuala and their sons Aodh, Fiachra and Conn. Their mother the queen was dead and the children missed her very much. The king decided to get a new wife. His new bride was called Aoife. She was beautful but not very kind. Aoife grew jealous of the four children. She wanted the king to herself. She planned to get rid of them. She asked a druid to help her and together they thought up a terrible spell. In the castle grounds there was a lovely lake. One day Aoife went with the children to the lakeside. Suddenly she pulled out her magic wand and waved it over them. There was a flash of light and the children vanished. In their places were four beautiful swans. "You will be swans for nine hundred years" said Aoife and ran away. She was never seen again.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:80.0-200.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Mar 2013 - 7:12 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
Title:Children of Lir
Username:jennymccullough jennymccullough
Uploaded:26 Mar 2013 - 8:00 PM
Tags:Children of lir irish tradition art photogrpahy portrait swan lake, Digital art, Flowers & plants, Portraits / people, Wildlife / nature
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Coast
Coast Critique Team 6804 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom290 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2013 - 8:20 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice story to illustrate the visual.

This is quite beautifully done but is very strong on the eyes. I think a slightly tighter crop gives the image more punch and I wonder if this would be better slightly softened to add a bit of dreaminess to the overall feel. In keeping too with the fairy tale that accompanies the image.

None the less this is a striking and well worked picture that I find very appealing. I'd love to do a mod but have iPad only with me today, to illustrate what I mean.

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2013 - 8:24 PM

This is very eye catching and beautifully captured but I do agree that a stonger crop would enhance the overall effect.

lovely work

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jennymccullough

thank you mynett & Coast , i take on board what you said and will recrop it to see what i get Smile i will also try to sofen it coast , appreciate your critique its been very useful, i am still learning and am not great with photoshop so appreciate any help i can get Smile

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Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2013 - 9:01 PM

I love it! GrinGrinGrinGrin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2013 - 8:09 AM

Very nice indeed. I wouldn't soften it if that means reduce sharpness. Give it a slight glow would be another matter. I might consider a slight top and bottom crop to a more landscape shape but fine photography.

Paul

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7396 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2013 - 10:17 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Attractive story-telling. You were lucky with the water surface, there's just enough disturbance to give interesting textures to the reflection without spoiling the clarity.
Just one point - to my eye this needs rotating a couple of degrees anti-clockwise, the reflections should follow down vertically from the subject and they are at a slight angle here.
Moira

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7396 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2013 - 10:26 AM

I've uploaded a Mod - I rotated a few degrees and as that gave the need for a crop I tried square - just as an alternative view.
Moira

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2013 - 11:37 AM

Love this.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2013 - 4:33 PM

I love fairy tales like that, Jenny. Even without the story, I think that people would imagine there to be one here.
This is a very impressive image, and I am surprised that you class yourself as a beginner.
Your model is very beautiful, the reflections are excellent, and you have chosen a scene with very few distractions so your subjects immediately capture the viewer's attention.
The tree trunks give away the slight lean, and Moira has dealt with that. I like her use of the vignette.
Pamela.

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Fogey
Fogey  168 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2013 - 11:24 PM

Based on the Excellent advice posted above, I have done a couple of mods. One is the finished article and the other showing a screenshot of the Golden Ratio,

Created a layer, ran the image through Neat Image noise reduction, created a mask and painted out the subjects. Flattened image.

Created another layer and put a Gaussian blur on the image of .8 pixel. Again created a mask and painted out the subjects.

Cropped to the Golden Ratio and flattened the image.

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jennymccullough

thank you all so much for your help Smile The image looks stronger with the crop , i love the last one that little bit softer really works well. i will try to redo it in photoshop on the raw file Fogey, i had not seen it off a little mrs wollybill , thanks i really appreciate your help ,
and thanks so much for all the mods, really shows how a image can look that bit stronger without changing too much

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2013 - 1:25 PM

Lovely image to accompany the legend.

P.

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2013 - 6:40 PM

A very nice shot and interesting story.
-=\Walter

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