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Doodle Duck

By pamelajean
On a visit to Chichester Canal, my attention was drawn to the abstract nature of the buildings reflected in the water. Whilst shooting these, some ducks swam into my composition and came out as silhouettes, which I thought were a bonus. I offer you 3 versions of the ducks, 2 other reflections abstracts and finally the overall scene for context.
I expected to see several narrowboats here, but there is only one trip boat, because Chichester Ship Canal is now only a couple of miles long and not connected to anything. It was opened in 1822 to link with other rivers to form a route between London and Portsmouth. The last commercial cargo was carried in 1906 and Chichester Council abandoned it in 1928.

Tags: Ducks Water Reflections Specialist and abstract Wildlife and nature Chichester Ship Canal Doodles

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mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1720 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2011 6:36PM
Love this, a silhouetted duck swimming into an abstract painting, and out the other side. But V5 is also rather special.

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CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
17 Apr 2011 6:56PM
Interesting images, Pamela, I love V.4. Carol
baclark 8 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2011 7:11PM
Oh my I LOVE this, excellent stuff. I enjoy finding water abstracts myself and these are absolutely superb, love the ducks too! No hesitation, have my UA.
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2011 7:46PM
great set of images
franken Plus
14 4.3k 4 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2011 7:59PM
These are excellent - especially vers 1& 4.

woolybill1 Plus
10 22 70 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2011 8:33PM
A superb set of reflections, at their best where the ducks begin to merge with the abstract shapes.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
17 Apr 2011 9:39PM
These abstracts are particularly wonderful-- Thank you for the view of their source--- all so well seen!
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2011 11:21PM
What a wonderful selection Pamela - I particularly like v2, where the darkest swirls seem to come out of the heads of both ducks- like smoke curling upwards.
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 11 Canada
18 Apr 2011 1:09AM
A great set of images. Really like V1 to V3 with the double headed ducks and all the squiggley lines.................Sandy
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
18 Apr 2011 1:32AM
Some nice abstract patterns here Pamela.
Good colours too.
Super shots.
jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
18 Apr 2011 5:34AM
Lovely patterns

devlin 7 653 39 India
18 Apr 2011 7:10AM
I think 4 and 6 for me Smile love the symmetry of the abstract reflections in 4 and of course the buildings in 6 Smile the silhouette of the duck works well in V1 too, though in the others i feel it sort of drowns them out Smile


Ray42 9 3 England
18 Apr 2011 8:42AM
A very well seen/observed set - they make excellent abstracts - nice to see what made the reflections in v6
pamelajean Plus
11 997 1931 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2011 3:24PM
Thankyou so much for your kind response. I like these myself, obviously, but wasn't sure if others would.
Glad you liked seeing the source of my abstracts in V6.
BARBARA: Thankyou so much for awarding this image your User Award, I am extremely chuffed and delighted.
HELEN: I thought exactly the same, in V2 the black squiggles do seem to come out of the ducks' heads, as if they are attached to them.
PRABH: I agree, but thought I'd add 2 variations, V1 is definitely my personal favourite.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
18 Apr 2011 4:23PM
Brilliant set, Pamela, the reflections made wonderful abstract images. Nice to see the wider view also in V6 Smile
Trev Smile
bricurtis Plus
12 2.1k 49 England
18 Apr 2011 8:16PM
I agree about V2 - super refection coming off of the ducks. V5 is my fav such a wonderful abstract. V6 of the complete scene and has great clarity of detail. Great set Pamela.
DanielD 7 1 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2011 4:44PM
Superb set, Pamela - I love that water background - V2 looks fantastic

19 Apr 2011 6:18PM
These are superb Pamela, such fluid abstract shapes, beautifully captured,
bunbeam 11 2 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2011 7:47PM
lovely set of watery shots
20 Apr 2011 6:10PM
Lovely work Pamela,
NeilWigan 7 16 16 England
21 Apr 2011 12:31AM
V4 is our choice ,like the plain abstract of the shot.
snappersue 8 11 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2011 4:01PM
Great set of pictures. Love the abstract. Sue
Maiwand 10 3 72 England
21 Apr 2011 7:09PM
Wonderful and original duck silhouette Pamela. Fine shot.
imagio 11 12 1 England
21 Apr 2011 8:03PM
Love the abstractness in these Pamela

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
21 Apr 2011 10:43PM
You've captured some fabulous colours and patterns in the water in these abstracts and the silhouettes of the ducks have enhanced them yet further
morpheus1955 10 3 2 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2011 10:54PM
Wonderful set of Images. I never knew their was a canal in Chichester, just goes to show you live and learn Smile

dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2011 1:46PM
superb series Pam and really like v3. Congrats on your UA.

22 Apr 2011 2:39PM
A super set of images Pamela. I particularly like V2 for the ducks and V4 for the reflections. I used to know Chichester well and have spent many happy hours walking the dog along the canal.

Suehh 10 39 6 England
23 Apr 2011 1:11PM
They are great abstracts Pamela - I really like V1 and V3. We often to go this canal too - it is so gorgeous, especially in weather like today's

xwang 8 56 8
23 Apr 2011 9:08PM
Fanstastic colour.. I can never produce such excellent colour. I don't know anything about abstract. For me, I love V2 most, because of the horizontal layers of the water colour(blue and grey). Vertical wise, two main dark colour lines, and three light colour lines.. I'm a bit lacking in imaginatiomGrin.
BTW, thank you very much for trying to remove the bins for Worksop council...WinkGrin and your kind help.
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2011 10:27PM
Amazing patterns. excellent work Jean. paul
lianna 7 13 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2011 10:04PM
what an awesome set of images!!! the colours and the reflections are superb!! simply love that title too x x x
Ridgeway 10 222 2 Ireland
3 May 2011 11:27PM
What an interesting set of shots,each with there own marked interest.
I think I d have a play with V5 with the distortion tool and then add the plastic effect just for the fun of it.NIce set Pamela.

User_Removed 7 10 1 United Kingdom
5 May 2011 6:59PM
Like them all pamela, but if I had to choose v4 maybe Smile
PhillipMinnis 7 94 4 Australia
29 May 2011 3:08AM
Ah, Pamela, what a very striking set of images! My favourites are 1, 4 & 5! Brilliant reflections, ripples and colours! Well spotted and captured!



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