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Swans at Elterwater, removed from the dark background and placed on a totally black one.
Congratulations on your first Editors Choice award very nice picture Ian.
Pete must have had a good night!!
I knew looking at the thumbnail that this must be a contender for Editors Choice and wasn't surprised to see it was when I opened it.. Excellent
very nice, 1 point though, u can see some of the old background still, but the presentation of it all is so good that i don't reckon it matters too much! well done on the award.
1/3rd's what 1/3rd's, Cracking image well done on your editors choice award.
Beautiful. Puts mine to shame. I'm off to delete it now...
Thanks for the comments, I finally found one that Pete likes :0). Thanks for pointing out the background Simon, I had missed that. I'll get rid of it on my copy.
Great idea,well executed. Congrats on the award...well deserved!
Great idea,well executed. Congrats on the award...well deserved!Mike
Beautiful image, well done. The dark background really works well with the white swans. Nice simple border and subtle text - altogether very nice.
superb, well thought out, well deserved award, great picture.
Ian I have left a reply to your remark on my Kangaroo Paw Photo please read.
Fantastic photo. Congratulations on the award.
Nice work Ian,well deserved award!
Very good. Only wish the swan on the left wasn't looking so directly at the camera but we can't have everything, I guess!! :o)
hard to choose a superlative that hasnt been used! well done, lovely picture
I hardly need add further comment. This is
as clean and simple a visual symbol of 'serenity' as you could find in nature.
Wow!! nuff said..
Exellent!! I love it.
I do not understand how one can react to the comments made by other "readers". I take the opportunity of this magnificent picture to react to your comments concerning a picture of mine: you are perfectly right, and the candle should replace the sun (it is a rising sun) and the mask (which is a sculpture made several thousands years ago -Nefertiti) is also superfluous. Comments, especially well based criticisms, are quite useful. thanks.
It's easy to reply to other people's comments, you just use the 'add reply' button at the bottom of the comments. Thanks for the compliment on this image. I've added a further comment to yours.
Ian, I was browsing your portfolio and can't believe I missed this. I must have been away : ) It's simply a breath-taking shot. Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on the award. Certainly well deserved. elle
You have "Clocked" this one very well Ian ! .......
I think this must be one of the best of many swan shots I've seen Ian. The dark background is a great idea.
Thanks Graham. It's a rare event for one of my shots to really come off the way I want it, so all the positive comments are much appreciated.
Great photo,Well deserved, love your work.
Must give digital manipulation a go!! dread to think what I will come up with ,so far the best I've done is a bit of cloning.
Certainly deserves some kind of award! Very, very well done Ian!
Congartulations! Beautiful photo.
I'm agree, well done!
Well deserved award, one beautiful image.
A very attactive, classy image. Well deserving of the award!
Exellent!! I love it too
A great image. Well seen and taken, and the post camera work is faultless. Also, more importantly, the post camera work enhances the image.
I'm overwhelmed by the number of comments I keep getting on this. It's not often the image matches what I see in my head, but this has done and I'm really glad everybody else also likes it. Thanks again for all the feedback.
I dont know how i missed this one it`s beautiful and well done on the EC award.Alan
A really serene and beautiful picture.
An eye-catching image, both in terms of the original capture and your treatment in post-processing. Well done.
I've looked at this image so many times and never commented, shame on me! It's simply absolutely perfect Ian.
so beautiful .. graceful .. nice shapes, I love this .. P
No matter how many times i see this picture, Ian, it just adds a new meaning to the word 'Serenity'.
again, many thanks to all of you for your positive comments. If I never get another EC this one will continue to give me pleasure, increased by the knowledge that so many of you also like it.
Oops, I am afraid I missed this shot, where have I been?
Stunning image Ian.
Love the strong black and the reflection on the water.
retrospective -looked at your portfolio and saw this - very nice indeed
Great photo! and nice work on the image. Looks so calm.
Wonderful shot and such an apt title!
Wonderful! A piece of art! I love it. A very well deserved reward. Congratulations!
Beautiful shot! Great idea to replace the original background with black.
Lovely Image.I have to do something with my Swans, some day.
Everyone has probably said it already but this is a beautiful photograph
Stunning photo! Congratulations on your first EC!
Works really well against the black! Well done on the EC!
That's fantastic,Ian and the EC award fully deserved.I love it.Congrats.Thank you for comments.
Just seen this fantastic shot, well done!
the result justifies the means. great shot/ processing. fine art at it's best.
cracking shot Ian,just been looking through my portfolio, and your my first comment.Thanks.Excellent shot and fabulous reflections,a well deserved EC.*click*
can't believe i never clicked on this. came across it a few times this spring. with all the swan shots emerging this season, this one's still my favourite. there's such an elegant flow in this picture.
Thanks once again everybody for all the comments.
Dave, I'm honoured that mine was the first photo on which you chose to comment.
Lucie, it's my favourite too. :0) In fact (and nothing to do with the EC) it is one of my favourites of all the photos I have taken over the years.
Great picture. A well deserved EC!
Well deserved EC, a quality portfolio. click
Well done,great pic
Ian, thanks for your comments on my photo, Sunset and Lighthouse,I have only had my digital camera a week and still experimenting with settings etc. I value your comments as I can see you are an expert photographer, I love every one of your photos, brilliant composition and colours etc.this one of two swans is just stunning! Mac.
Thanks for the feedback. Makar I would never call myself an expert, there are loads of people on here far better than myself. I just try to explain what I see in a photo in the hope it helps people get more enjoyment out of their hobby.
You are a pro! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pics! This one is just beautiful.
And thank you for your comments on mine! Very helpful!
All the best!
this is stunning,missed it the other day.excellent Ian.click
hi ian. thanks for the feed back on my photos but the thing is i dont have a scanner as yet so any photos i have done i cant show and yes i do have alot of photos i have changed with photoshop but i guess i just injoy the fun in changing them but dont worry i start college in 2 weeks so i will be showing more of my pro shots i have done. i do wish i could show my other photos but at this time i cant so check back soon sometime and i should have more uploaded and not tampered with.
Editor's Choice award and deservingly so. Great shot!
Ian, wow, this is amazing. The contrast in colours, the composition, fantastic. Well worth an EC. Inspiring stuff!
YAY! My 100th comment! Its about time!!!
This is superb work
Outstanding shot Ian, congrats on the EC, well deserved.
Nice. Not at all cliche which is hard with a swan picture.
Thanks for your comments on my Coffee cup. You are right about it being a over exposed on one side and I will try again
Beautiful pic Ian. The reflection in the black makes it for me. Fantastic effect
Steve, you're my 50th click, thanks very much. :0)
Thanks for all the comments again folks, glad one of my favourite shots is so popular in general.
Only just seen this, It is fantastic I have tried to capture the regalness of swans for a long time and this just inspires me to go and get it.
I swear I clicked and commented on this b4 but obviously not.
Davie, nice to know one of my photos is an inspiration to somebody.
Ex - click again by all means. :0)
WOW! Unbelievable photo - belated congratulations, but only just seen it.
great photo, being a 'swan fan' myself i can really appreciate this image, top marks, go to the head of the class!
now you have 60, well done, click (*:*)
oh crums! What a portfolio! This is beautiful
Thaks for looking in Ian. D.
Outstanding in every way, Max
Again, thanks for the comments. Ta for my 60th Magad. :0)
Beautiful image really well done great work.
Wow, this is really beautiful. I love the reflection.
hello ..u r the person who welcomed me to the ephotozine site 6 months ago ..Thanks ..
Saw this pic only now ..I dont hav anything more to say ..all said already by others ..Continue the good work ..
Thanks once more.
Vineeth, if you are still here I'm glad I welcomed you. :0)
what can i say
its all been said
Thanks very much Frank.
excellent well worked shot click
Still trying to work out how this one passed me by without me noticing it.....ah well I've commented now, better late than never....lol
Wow! Fantastic shot/work!
Thanks for your visit...
My photo was taken at the opening ceremonies of the European Capital of Culture (which is Cork this year).
I used two "photocopy" filter layers, and "darken" blending mode to get the layers to blend with a "cutout" filter layer.
Also pushed up the saturation.
Thanks for the comments everybody.
Hi Ian,I am not surprised this was selected,I would have been more surprised if it hadn't been.Superb work.Love the reflection and detail.Take care.Ann
Awesome photo - congratulations on the EC! Excellent use of digital manipulation to improve an already excellent shot.
Very elegant. I really like it. Well done!
top shot! the black bg does this shot justice! excellent reflections too
Thanks again Ted
I felt this image was a little on the fake side.
Does the natural beauty of swans on water need this type of manipulation?
The swans look lost in a big pool of sticky photoshop oil rather then fresh water.
Each to their own Ethan. Thanks for the comment.
Your work is breathtaking!!! thanks alot for the comment on my question about the color and quality, I love your work!! Having alook at that article now.!! Think it will help allot. thanks.
No problem Lourens and thanks for the comment.
Beautiful photo. Excellent work, Well done.
Wonderful photo, happy 90th click!
ps i just use nuts from the local garden centre to attract the woodpecker.
Just realised, I've seen this a hundred times but never commented! Still pretty good considering you took this in your youth!
lol, thanks Ed. Good to heard from you again, hope things are going well.
Love this shot. The swans' postures are great.
Was this using the flood filter?
Hi Sam, thanks for the comment. No filter anywhere near this, the reflections are totally natural. :0)
The only manipulation is what I put in the description.
wow, just gorgeous
this photo is perfect... I'm really lost for words...
Thanks a lot Adriano
Breathtaking image, I'll add a 100th vote
Thanks, nice to hit the 100 mark.
omg what a shot .....now thats spot on .
realy good .
Lovely shot - Thank you for the Cc on the lake shot- I must admit I did overdo it a bit but it was before I used Photoshop and was using a programme called Photofiltre
No problem Phil and thanks
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