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Atlas 14 621 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2003 4:55PM
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 15 947
27 Sep 2003 5:54PM
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
em0231 16 15
27 Sep 2003 6:03PM
siderath 14 322 England
27 Sep 2003 8:23PM
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.
vfr400 16 886
27 Sep 2003 9:15PM
1/3rd's what 1/3rd's, Cracking image well done on your editors choice award.
28 Sep 2003 10:38AM
Beautiful. Puts mine to shame. I'm off to delete it now...

Well done
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2003 11:08AM
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.

Greyheron 16 282 7 England
28 Sep 2003 1:06PM
Great idea,well executed. Congrats on the award...well deserved!
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
28 Sep 2003 1:08PM
Great idea,well executed. Congrats on the award...well deserved!Mike
flossie 14 1.6k
29 Sep 2003 10:29AM
Beautiful image, well done. The dark background really works well with the white swans. Nice simple border and subtle text - altogether very nice.
flyking3 16 1 Wales
30 Sep 2003 9:17AM
superb, well thought out, well deserved award, great picture.
bigredtim 14 1 Australia
30 Sep 2003 12:59PM
Ian I have left a reply to your remark on my Kangaroo Paw Photo please read.
jon1169 14 51 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2003 7:08PM
Fantastic photo. Congratulations on the award.
Kelvin 16 5 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2003 11:41PM
Nice work Ian,well deserved award!
Carabosse 15 41.0k 269 England
2 Oct 2003 10:19PM
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)
4 Oct 2003 8:08PM
hard to choose a superlative that hasnt been used! well done, lovely picture
lightloader 14 14 1
8 Oct 2003 12:11AM
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..
cal9 14 99
8 Oct 2003 9:08PM
Wow!! nuff said..
9 Oct 2003 6:59PM
Exellent!! I love it.
21 Oct 2003 6:47PM
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.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2003 6:55PM
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.

elle 14
1 Nov 2003 1:11AM
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
LenLamb 15 105
1 Nov 2003 8:05PM

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

grahammul 14 120 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2003 4:25PM
I think this must be one of the best of many swan shots I've seen Ian. The dark background is a great idea.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2003 4:48PM
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.

nutmeg 14 7 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2003 7:10PM
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.
monaro 14 67
14 Nov 2003 5:00PM
Certainly deserves some kind of award! Very, very well done Ian!
vanyx 14
17 Dec 2003 11:45PM
Congartulations! Beautiful photo.
oui 14
22 Dec 2003 12:47PM
I'm agree, well done!
kingseany 14 84
23 Dec 2003 2:26PM
Well deserved award, one beautiful image.
Firebaby 14 1.2k Faroe Islands
26 Dec 2003 12:58PM
A very attactive, classy image. Well deserving of the award!
justyna 14
7 Jan 2004 2:16PM
Exellent!! I love it too
Franticsmurf 15 829 Wales
11 Jan 2004 3:19PM
A great image. Well seen and taken, and the post camera work is faultless. Also, more importantly, the post camera work enhances the image.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2004 6:56PM
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.

alben 16 142 England
16 Jan 2004 7:45AM
I dont know how i missed this one it`s beautiful and well done on the EC award.Alan
itinerario 14 42 Netherlands
16 Jan 2004 3:48PM
A really serene and beautiful picture.
manxmaid 14 36 Isle of Man
20 Jan 2004 8:15PM
An eye-catching image, both in terms of the original capture and your treatment in post-processing. Well done.
26 Jan 2004 2:09PM
I've looked at this image so many times and never commented, shame on me! It's simply absolutely perfect Ian.

Paddy 15 254 8 England
28 Jan 2004 1:12PM
so beautiful .. graceful .. nice shapes, I love this .. SmileP
aworan 14 145
6 Feb 2004 1:46PM
No matter how many times i see this picture, Ian, it just adds a new meaning to the word 'Serenity'.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2004 2:35PM
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.

ruzzi 14
12 Feb 2004 2:26PM
geo 14 46 France
18 Feb 2004 1:15PM
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.
davidbailie 14 457 7 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2004 1:39PM
retrospective -looked at your portfolio and saw this - very nice indeed
vince 14 48 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2004 2:22PM
Great photo! and nice work on the image. Looks so calm.
sas101 14
3 Mar 2004 2:00PM
Wonderful shot and such an apt title!
3 Mar 2004 4:58PM
Wonderful! A piece of art! I love it. A very well deserved reward. Congratulations!
n.towndrow 14 4
10 Mar 2004 2:24PM
Beautiful shot! Great idea to replace the original background with black.
jan 1 14 12 Netherlands
18 Mar 2004 11:26AM
Lovely Image.I have to do something with my Swans, some day.
scotpics 14 23
23 Mar 2004 2:29PM
Everyone has probably said it already but this is a beautiful photograph
2 Apr 2004 2:06PM
Stunning photo! Congratulations on your first EC!

rubarb 14 8
11 May 2004 12:30PM
Flawless! 'Click!'

m_meyboom 14 37
13 May 2004 3:09PM
Works really well against the black! Well done on the EC!

digitisa 13 1
16 May 2004 4:14PM
Great picture.
ovi 14 11 1 Romania
18 May 2004 4:53PM
That's fantastic,Ian and the EC award fully deserved.I love it.Congrats.Thank you for comments.
debbiehardy 13 363 United Kingdom
26 May 2004 12:21PM
Just seen this fantastic shot, well done!
mwatkins9801 13 190
5 Jun 2004 3:40AM
the result justifies the means. great shot/ processing. fine art at it's best.
proberts 14 218 4 Wales
7 Jun 2004 12:02AM
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*
noseprints 14 576
18 Jun 2004 12:50PM
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.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2004 1:03PM
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.

12 Jul 2004 10:33PM
Great picture. A well deserved EC!
bpa 13 1.2k
15 Jul 2004 11:43AM
Well deserved EC, a quality portfolio. click

squelcher 14 23 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2004 8:33PM
Well done,great pic
makar 13
17 Jul 2004 7:33PM
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.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2004 11:17PM
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.

susana 13
26 Jul 2004 12:39PM
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!
deltafour 13 13
29 Jul 2004 11:58AM
this is stunning,missed it the other day.excellent
shitzkit 14 147
10 Aug 2004 7:24PM
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.
collywobles 14 4.0k 10 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2004 4:09PM
Great effect.
Terryd1 13 1 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2004 3:47PM
Editor's Choice award and deservingly so. Great shot!
heidilee 14 901
20 Aug 2004 8:55PM
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!!!
26 Aug 2004 1:26PM
This is superb work
27 Aug 2004 12:35PM
Outstanding shot Ian, congrats on the EC, well deserved.
deviant 14 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2004 5:47PM
Nice. Not at all cliche which is hard with a swan picture.
shane 13 7 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2004 11:01PM


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

shane 13 7 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2004 11:01PM


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

7 Oct 2004 12:21PM
Beautiful pic Ian. The reflection in the black makes it for me. Fantastic effect

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2004 12:27PM
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.

Elegant, perfect!
daviewat 14 4.1k Scotland
4 Nov 2004 12:50PM
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.

gipperdog 14 152
4 Nov 2004 4:52PM
Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
12 Nov 2004 1:39AM
Excellent stuff.

I swear I clicked and commented on this b4 but obviously not.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2004 1:49AM
Thanks folks.

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

Ex - click again by all means. :0)

15 Nov 2004 4:04AM
WOW! Unbelievable photo - belated congratulations, but only just seen it.

phowtow 13 46
1 Dec 2004 7:13AM
great photo, being a 'swan fan' myself i can really appreciate this image, top marks, go to the head of the class!
magda_indigo 14 418 England
17 Dec 2004 5:17PM
now you have 60, well done, click (*:*)
daringdaphne 14 82 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2004 6:07AM
oh crums! What a portfolio! This is beautiful
Thaks for looking in Ian. D.
ozimax 14
21 Dec 2004 3:39PM
Outstanding in every way, Max
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2004 12:58AM
Again, thanks for the comments. Ta for my 60th Magad. :0)

StevenPrice 13 30 2 England
29 Dec 2004 10:39AM
Beautiful image really well done great work.

omeleko 13 31
29 Dec 2004 9:01PM
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 ..
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2005 3:36AM
Thanks once more.

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

6 Feb 2005 4:48AM
what can i say
its all been said
great portfolio
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2005 5:10AM
Thanks very much Frank.

rf 14 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2005 12:24PM
excellent well worked shot click
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
2 Mar 2005 10:22AM
Still trying to work out how this one passed me by without me noticing it.....ah well I've commented now, better late than

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.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2005 1:08AM
Thanks for the comments everybody.

thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
12 May 2005 5:05AM
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
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
12 May 2005 5:30AM
Thanks Ann
chrisfroud 12 521
18 May 2005 4:12AM
Awesome photo - congratulations on the EC! Excellent use of digital manipulation to improve an already excellent shot.

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 4:25AM
Thanks Chris
9 Aug 2005 4:19AM
Very elegant. I really like it. Well done!

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2005 4:21AM
Cheers Chris
foxybrown 13 368
12 Sep 2005 5:02PM
top shot! the black bg does this shot justice! excellent reflections too
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2005 12:42AM
Cheers Fox
tripodted 12 32 1 Northern Ireland
9 Oct 2005 1:35PM
Beautifully done!
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2005 1:48AM
Thanks again Ted
Ethan_photo 13 15
11 Dec 2005 3:17PM
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.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2005 12:44AM
Each to their own Ethan. Thanks for the comment.

Lourens 13 5
5 Jan 2006 11:45PM
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.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2006 11:46PM
No problem Lourens and thanks for the comment.

Fiebie 12
29 Jan 2006 11:45PM
Beautiful photo. Excellent work, Well done.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2006 11:46PM
Thanks Sulette
tim g 14 13 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2006 6:18AM
Wonderful photo, happy 90th click!

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

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2006 7:18AM
Cheers Tim
kit-monster 14 3.7k 2 Singapore
6 Oct 2006 10:34AM
Just realised, I've seen this a hundred times but never commented! Still pretty good considering you took this in your youth!
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2006 10:48AM
lol, thanks Ed. Good to heard from you again, hope things are going well.
SamGillespie 12 94 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2007 4:47PM
Love this shot. The swans' postures are great.
Was this using the flood filter?
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2007 4:51PM
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.

Katie_S 12
14 Mar 2007 10:41AM
wow, just gorgeous
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 10:55AM
Thanks Katie
19 Apr 2007 3:12PM
this photo is perfect... I'm really lost for words...
take care
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2007 3:14PM
Thanks a lot Adriano
2himanshu 10 23 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2008 11:52AM
Breathtaking image, I'll add a 100th vote Wink
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2008 12:01PM
Thanks, nice to hit the 100 mark. Smile
ronsmith1 11 12 England
3 Dec 2008 9:55PM
omg what a shot thats spot on .
realy good .
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2008 8:50AM
Cheers Ron
15 Dec 2008 11:43AM
how gorgeous
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 11:44AM
Thanks Steve
Phil1958 9 272 4 Wales
19 Mar 2009 11:19PM
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
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2009 7:03PM
No problem Phil and thanks

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