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Swans at Elterwater, removed from the dark background and placed on a totally black one.

Camera:Olympus C-2100 Ultra Zoom
Lens:Approx 35-350 equiv
Recording media:Digital
Title:Serenity
Username:digicammad digicammad
Uploaded:27 Sep 2003 - 2:46 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated
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Atlas
Atlas  11621 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Sep 2003 - 4:55 PM

Congratulations on your first Editors Choice award Smile very nice picture Ian.

Pete must have had a good night!!

Rob Smile

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pj.morley  11947 forum posts
27 Sep 2003 - 5:54 PM

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

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em0231
em0231  12
27 Sep 2003 - 6:03 PM

Stunning.

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siderath
siderath  11322 forum posts England
27 Sep 2003 - 8:23 PM

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.

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vfr400
vfr400  12886 forum posts
27 Sep 2003 - 9:15 PM

1/3rd's what 1/3rd's, Cracking image well done on your editors choice award.

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atlantys
atlantys  11
28 Sep 2003 - 10:38 AM

Beautiful. Puts mine to shame. I'm off to delete it now...

Well done

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2003 - 11:08 AM

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.

Ian

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2003 - 1:06 PM

Great idea,well executed. Congrats on the award...well deserved!

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2003 - 1:08 PM

Great idea,well executed. Congrats on the award...well deserved!Mike

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flossie
flossie  111557 forum posts
29 Sep 2003 - 10:29 AM

Beautiful image, well done. The dark background really works well with the white swans. Nice simple border and subtle text - altogether very nice.

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flyking3
flyking3  12 Wales
30 Sep 2003 - 9:17 AM

superb, well thought out, well deserved award, great picture.

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bigredtim
bigredtim  10 Australia
30 Sep 2003 - 12:59 PM

Ian I have left a reply to your remark on my Kangaroo Paw Photo please read.

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jon1169
jon1169  1051 forum posts United Kingdom
30 Sep 2003 - 7:08 PM

Fantastic photo. Congratulations on the award.

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Kelvin
Kelvin  12 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2003 - 11:41 PM

Nice work Ian,well deserved award!

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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2003 - 10:19 PM

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)

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UserRemoved
4 Oct 2003 - 8:08 PM

hard to choose a superlative that hasnt been used! well done, lovely picture

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lightloader
8 Oct 2003 - 12:11 AM

I hardly need add further comment. This is
as clean and simple a visual symbol of 'serenity' as you could find in nature.

Well conceived..

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cal9
cal9  1099 forum posts
8 Oct 2003 - 9:08 PM

Wow!! nuff said..

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WideAngleVision

Exellent!! I love it.

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ariel alexandre
21 Oct 2003 - 6:47 PM

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.

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2003 - 6:55 PM

Hi Ariel

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

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elle
elle  11
1 Nov 2003 - 1:11 AM

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

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LenLamb
LenLamb  11105 forum posts
1 Nov 2003 - 8:05 PM


You have "Clocked" this one very well Ian ! ....... Grin

Cogratulations!

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grahammul
grahammul  11120 forum posts United Kingdom
3 Nov 2003 - 4:25 PM

I think this must be one of the best of many swan shots I've seen Ian. The dark background is a great idea.

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2003 - 4:48 PM

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.

Ian

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nutmeg
nutmeg  10 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2003 - 7:10 PM

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.

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monaro
monaro  1067 forum posts
14 Nov 2003 - 5:00 PM

Certainly deserves some kind of award! Very, very well done Ian!

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vanyx
vanyx  10
17 Dec 2003 - 11:45 PM

Congartulations! Beautiful photo.

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oui
oui  10
22 Dec 2003 - 12:47 PM

I'm agree, well done!

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kingseany
kingseany  1084 forum posts
23 Dec 2003 - 2:26 PM

Well deserved award, one beautiful image.

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Firebaby
Firebaby  111204 forum posts Faroe Islands
26 Dec 2003 - 12:58 PM

A very attactive, classy image. Well deserving of the award!

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justyna
justyna  10
7 Jan 2004 - 2:16 PM

Exellent!! I love it too

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Franticsmurf
11 Jan 2004 - 3:19 PM

A great image. Well seen and taken, and the post camera work is faultless. Also, more importantly, the post camera work enhances the image.
Dave

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2004 - 6:56 PM

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.

Ian

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alben
alben  12142 forum posts England
16 Jan 2004 - 7:45 AM

I dont know how i missed this one it`s beautiful and well done on the EC award.Alan

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itinerario
itinerario  1142 forum posts Netherlands
16 Jan 2004 - 3:48 PM

A really serene and beautiful picture.

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manxmaid
manxmaid  1036 forum posts Isle Of Man
20 Jan 2004 - 8:15 PM

An eye-catching image, both in terms of the original capture and your treatment in post-processing. Well done.

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speeedyblue2
26 Jan 2004 - 2:09 PM

I've looked at this image so many times and never commented, shame on me! It's simply absolutely perfect Ian.

Mary

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Paddy
Paddy  11254 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2004 - 1:12 PM

so beautiful .. graceful .. nice shapes, I love this .. SmileP

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aworan
aworan  10145 forum posts
6 Feb 2004 - 1:46 PM

No matter how many times i see this picture, Ian, it just adds a new meaning to the word 'Serenity'.
Smile

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2004 - 2:35 PM

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.

Ian

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ruzzi
ruzzi  10
12 Feb 2004 - 2:26 PM

Beautiful,congratulation!

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geo
geo  1046 forum posts France
18 Feb 2004 - 1:15 PM

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.
George

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davidbailie e2 Member 11451 forum postsdavidbailie vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2004 - 1:39 PM

retrospective -looked at your portfolio and saw this - very nice indeed

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vince
vince  1048 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Feb 2004 - 2:22 PM

Great photo! and nice work on the image. Looks so calm.

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sas101
sas101  10
3 Mar 2004 - 2:00 PM

Wonderful shot and such an apt title!

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emazevedo
emazevedo  11
3 Mar 2004 - 4:58 PM

Wonderful! A piece of art! I love it. A very well deserved reward. Congratulations!

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n.towndrow
n.towndrow  10
10 Mar 2004 - 2:24 PM

Beautiful shot! Great idea to replace the original background with black.

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jan 1
jan 1  10 Netherlands
18 Mar 2004 - 11:26 AM

Lovely Image.I have to do something with my Swans, some day.

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scotpics
scotpics  10
23 Mar 2004 - 2:29 PM

Everyone has probably said it already but this is a beautiful photograph

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funnewhobby
2 Apr 2004 - 2:06 PM

Stunning photo! Congratulations on your first EC!

Brandon

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rubarb
rubarb  10
11 May 2004 - 12:30 PM

Flawless! 'Click!'

Roob.

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m_meyboom  1037 forum posts
13 May 2004 - 3:09 PM

Works really well against the black! Well done on the EC!

Mike.

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digitisa
digitisa  10
16 May 2004 - 4:14 PM

Great picture.

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ovi
ovi  10 Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 4:53 PM

That's fantastic,Ian and the EC award fully deserved.I love it.Congrats.Thank you for comments.
ovi(click).

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debbiehardy
26 May 2004 - 12:21 PM

Just seen this fantastic shot, well done!

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mwatkins9801
5 Jun 2004 - 3:40 AM

the result justifies the means. great shot/ processing. fine art at it's best.

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proberts  10218 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2004 - 12:02 AM

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*
andrew.

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noseprints  10576 forum posts
18 Jun 2004 - 12:50 PM

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.

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2004 - 1:03 PM

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.

Ian

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mr chilli  10
12 Jul 2004 - 10:33 PM

Great picture. A well deserved EC!

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bpa  101224 forum posts
15 Jul 2004 - 11:43 AM

Well deserved EC, a quality portfolio. click

Stephen

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squelcher
squelcher  11 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2004 - 8:33 PM

Well done,great pic

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makar  10
17 Jul 2004 - 7:33 PM

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.

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2004 - 11:17 PM

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.

Ian

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susana  10
26 Jul 2004 - 12:39 PM

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!
Susana

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deltafour
deltafour  10
29 Jul 2004 - 11:58 AM

this is stunning,missed it the other day.excellent Ian.click
Stewart

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shitzkit  10147 forum posts
10 Aug 2004 - 7:24 PM

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.
Anthony

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collywobles
13 Aug 2004 - 4:09 PM

Great effect.

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Terryd1  10 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2004 - 3:47 PM

Editor's Choice award and deservingly so. Great shot!

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heidilee
heidilee  10901 forum posts
20 Aug 2004 - 8:55 PM

Ian, wow, this is amazing. The contrast in colours, the composition, fantastic. Well worth an EC. Inspiring stuff!

Heidi

YAY! My 100th comment! Its about time!!!

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photomanic  10
26 Aug 2004 - 1:26 PM

This is superb work

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leadingshield
27 Aug 2004 - 12:35 PM

Outstanding shot Ian, congrats on the EC, well deserved.
Bill.

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deviant
deviant  103024 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2004 - 5:47 PM

Nice. Not at all cliche which is hard with a swan picture.

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shane
shane  10 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2004 - 11:01 PM

Stunning.

CLICK

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

Thanks
Shane

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shane  10 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2004 - 11:01 PM

Stunning.

CLICK

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

Thanks
Shane

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JordanGP
JordanGP  9
7 Oct 2004 - 12:21 PM

Beautiful pic Ian. The reflection in the black makes it for me. Fantastic effect

*click*
Steve

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2004 - 12:27 PM

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.

Ian

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lightsculpter

Elegant, perfect!

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daviewat
daviewat  104104 forum posts Scotland
4 Nov 2004 - 12:50 PM

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.

Dave

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gipperdog  10152 forum posts
4 Nov 2004 - 4:52 PM

Stunning!

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Kris_Dutson
12 Nov 2004 - 1:39 AM

Excellent stuff.

I swear I clicked and commented on this b4 but obviously not.

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2004 - 1:49 AM

Thanks folks.

Davie, nice to know one of my photos is an inspiration to somebody.

Ex - click again by all means. :0)

Ian

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eleanor gibbins
15 Nov 2004 - 4:04 AM

WOW! Unbelievable photo - belated congratulations, but only just seen it.

Eleanor

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phowtow
phowtow  946 forum posts
1 Dec 2004 - 7:13 AM

great photo, being a 'swan fan' myself i can really appreciate this image, top marks, go to the head of the class!

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magda_indigo
17 Dec 2004 - 5:17 PM

now you have 60, well done, click (*:*)

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daringdaphne
20 Dec 2004 - 6:07 AM

oh crums! What a portfolio! This is beautiful
Thaks for looking in Ian. D.

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ozimax
ozimax  10
21 Dec 2004 - 3:39 PM

Outstanding in every way, Max

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2004 - 12:58 AM

Again, thanks for the comments. Ta for my 60th Magad. :0)

Ian

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StevenPrice
29 Dec 2004 - 10:39 AM

Beautiful image really well done great work.


Steve

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omeleko  931 forum posts
29 Dec 2004 - 9:01 PM

Wow, this is really beautiful. I love the reflection.

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vineeth_abraham
5 Jan 2005 - 10:53 PM

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 ..

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2005 - 3:36 AM

Thanks once more.

Vineeth, if you are still here I'm glad I welcomed you. :0)

Ian

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FRANKM
FRANKM  9
6 Feb 2005 - 4:48 AM

what can i say
its all been said
great portfolio
FRANKM

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2005 - 5:10 AM

Thanks very much Frank.

Ian

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rf  10 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2005 - 12:24 PM

excellent well worked shot click

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Ade_Osman e2 Member 114499 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2005 - 10:22 AM

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

Ade

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michaelmullally

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.

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2005 - 1:08 AM

Thanks for the comments everybody.

Ian

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thorn
thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2005 - 5:05 AM

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.AnnSmile

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12 May 2005 - 5:30 AM

Thanks Ann

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chrisfroud
18 May 2005 - 4:12 AM

Awesome photo - congratulations on the EC! Excellent use of digital manipulation to improve an already excellent shot.

Chris

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2005 - 4:25 AM

Thanks Chris

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Ruggieru
Ruggieru  9 Malta
9 Aug 2005 - 4:19 AM

Very elegant. I really like it. Well done!

Chris

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2005 - 4:21 AM

Cheers Chris

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foxybrown  9368 forum posts
12 Sep 2005 - 5:02 PM

top shot! the black bg does this shot justice! excellent reflections too

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2005 - 12:42 AM

Cheers Fox

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tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2005 - 1:35 PM

Beautifully done!
Ted

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2005 - 1:48 AM

Thanks again Ted

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Ethan_photo
11 Dec 2005 - 3:17 PM

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.
Ethan

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2005 - 12:44 AM

Each to their own Ethan. Thanks for the comment.

Ian

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Lourens
Lourens  9
5 Jan 2006 - 11:45 PM

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.

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2006 - 11:46 PM

No problem Lourens and thanks for the comment.

Ian

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Fiebie
Fiebie  8
29 Jan 2006 - 11:45 PM

Beautiful photo. Excellent work, Well done.

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2006 - 11:46 PM

Thanks Sulette

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tim g
tim g  10 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2006 - 6:18 AM

Wonderful photo, happy 90th click!


ps i just use nuts from the local garden centre to attract the woodpecker.


Tim

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2006 - 7:18 AM

Cheers Tim

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kit-monster e2 Member 103685 forum postskit-monster vcard Singapore2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2006 - 10:34 AM

Just realised, I've seen this a hundred times but never commented! Still pretty good considering you took this in your youth!

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2006 - 10:48 AM

lol, thanks Ed. Good to heard from you again, hope things are going well.

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SamGillespie
5 Jan 2007 - 4:47 PM

Love this shot. The swans' postures are great.
Was this using the flood filter?
Sam

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2007 - 4:51 PM

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.

Ian

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Katie_S
Katie_S  8
14 Mar 2007 - 10:41 AM

wow, just gorgeous
katie

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2007 - 10:55 AM

Thanks Katie

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adrbranco
adrbranco  7
19 Apr 2007 - 3:12 PM

this photo is perfect... I'm really lost for words...
take care
Adriano

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2007 - 3:14 PM

Thanks a lot Adriano

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2himanshu
2himanshu  6 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2008 - 11:52 AM

Breathtaking image, I'll add a 100th vote Wink

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2008 - 12:01 PM

Thanks, nice to hit the 100 mark. Smile

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ronsmith1
ronsmith1  8 England
3 Dec 2008 - 9:55 PM

omg what a shot .....now thats spot on .
realy good .

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2008 - 8:50 AM

Cheers Ron

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sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2008 - 11:43 AM

how gorgeous

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2008 - 11:44 AM

Thanks Steve

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Phil1958  5272 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2009 - 11:19 PM

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

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2009 - 7:03 PM

No problem Phil and thanks

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