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Ducks on Ice

By ade_mcfade      
Here's a lovely shot of loads of ducks that swam away from me to the safety of some very thin and melting ice on Semerwater.

Blessed with a cracking sunset too - wasn't really expecting that at all

Anyone following the "Your fave shot v the most EPZ friendly" thread http://www.ephotozine.com/topic/t-66413/p-9, please note that this is the reverse of yesterday, the nicer shot is "up front", and the darker and more interesting one is in the versions gallery - well it will be in a second

Tags: Ducks Wensleydale Landscape and travel Semerwater Bainbridge

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herbie 8 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 7:51PM
Great color , Lov it

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JouŠo 12 56 Finland
3 Dec 2008 7:52PM
very friendly indeed Smile

Jouko
Paintman Plus
9 1.1k 176 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 8:14PM
I'm not voting for this because it's 'fluffy', but because it's very well photographed and processed and the composition of horizontal coloured and tonal bands ( warm against cool ) works imo.

How come you didn't have a reflector to bounce a small amount ( I don't mean very much at all, but some ) of light into the shadow areas just to delineate the model's right-hand side?

Alan.
jenquest 13 561 1 Tokelau
3 Dec 2008 8:31PM
Ignoring the epz friendly debate, I love version 2.
NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 8:42PM
ok opposite to yesterday but to be honest my feelings are reversed too, V1 is quite simply outstanding, its not that its EPZ friendly its just bloody good , --where i cant see how the girl on the bench works, its neither a study or a portrait, if the head had been turned to the right and had the benefit of that nice rim light, i could have gone with it, but to me it is well contructed but says nothing to me sorry i dont suppose its want you want to hear ,but id be interested to know why you chose to avoid lighting the face.
regards,
Phil
GreyMoonRising 7 1.5k 1
3 Dec 2008 8:45PM
Both photographs are very well taken, not sure what I like better as they are so different...the girl on the bench if I was pushed simply because it's not like everything else posted on here and shows a fresh, original side to what the stuff we tend to post for reasons known only to ourselves...but that takes us back to the beginning of the post.

Peter.
Richsr Plus
9 90 222 England
3 Dec 2008 9:26PM
Like both of these Ade -
Richard.
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
3 Dec 2008 9:29PM

Quote:but id be interested to know why you chose to avoid lighting the face.


read the About - it tells you there.

Quote:
How come you didn't have a reflector to bounce a small amount ( I don't mean very much at all, but some ) of light into the shadow areas just to delineate the model's right-hand side?



I didn't have a reflector or anyone to hold one, or anything to hang one off even it I did have one Sad

The very next shot had some fill flash from the on-camera flash

I explained all this in the about section - does nobody read that or what ? :-P
NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 9:51PM
no, because if you hover over v2 without clicking it the dialogue box is under the screen and you tend to miss it on versions, sorry though smack my hand and ill look next time, still dont work.
Phil
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
3 Dec 2008 10:09PM
if you click the 2, then it'll stay stuck on 2 and you can read without any problems Smile
Paul Morgan Plus
15 18.1k 6 England
3 Dec 2008 11:56PM
Both pics are technically well taken but neither do anything for me.

They both lack emotion or mood, not criticizing or knocking you Ade, your really not a bad tog.

Pic 2, the B&W, I just find the image to clean and there`s just not enough light in the right places.

The first pick of the pond is just a little to quacky for me and I`m sure many will love it, loose those ducks and pond excluding the bottom half of the picture and graphically it would be good, especially if there just happend to be some one sat or standing on that rock.
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
4 Dec 2008 12:13AM
not into my German Flag look then Wink

Posted a more "lit" version of the mono shot as V3
Paul Morgan Plus
15 18.1k 6 England
4 Dec 2008 12:21AM

Quote:Not into my German Flag look then


Smile

Version 3 is better for me, looks more natural.
Paintman Plus
9 1.1k 176 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2008 6:42AM
I did read your explanation for v2 but I like asking questions so I can learn. I prefer v2 to v3.

Alan.
DeSilver Plus
8 13 11 England
4 Dec 2008 9:31AM
I find V1 & V2 stunning pictures especially V2 its what I call full of mystery, it forces you to look at it, it demands that you look deeply into it because as with so many of you images Ade there is so much more than meets the eye at first glance, its a picture that you have to come back to time and time again. I love it.
Well done................Grin.....Wink


David
GreyMoonRising 7 1.5k 1
4 Dec 2008 4:36PM
I still prefer the darker shot of the girl on the bench.
Had to look carefully at it to work out what was happening there in the shadows. Nice idea to let the viewer work out what is going on rather than making it easy on them...there is seldom light in nature's shadows. The other pic kept my attention only for a few seconds before I moved on. version 3 has been turned into a snap.
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
4 Dec 2008 5:05PM
I'd not call it a "snap" - be fair!

It's a more traditional portrait, but a snap would just have boring directional light. Here you've got a strong backlight lifting the hair and creating an outline on her boots etc.
Gary_Macleod 12 159 Scotland
4 Dec 2008 6:16PM
love both V1 & V2...that sky in one is just Wow...and V2 has a certain mystery to it
JustDucky 5 8 Canada
4 May 2011 3:06PM
V1 for me, lovely set
Tammy

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