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High Key Loon

Morris in MT

Townsend, US
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Morris in MT Silver Member Winner in the Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Nikonian since 03rd Oct 2007
Tue 02-Jul-13 03:13 AM

I was on a fishing trip to Tobin Lake, Saskatchewan Canada last week, and this Common Loon decided to check us out up close. I had been wanting to get close to a loon since I saw them there, but I didn't want to pester my hard-core fishing, non-photographer friends. Since I didn't happen to have a 40" Northern Pike on my line at the moment, as is so depressingly often the case, I drop the pole, made a mad dive for the camera bag! I already had on my 300mm F4, but I hadn't shot with it yet that morning. Fearing the little guy would dive again while I was checking/changing settings, I just started shooting, wanting to get at least a few frames before I tried to adjust settings. Took about 15 quick photos then I looked at the last shot on the monitor... GAH!! Waaaay over-exposed! And yes, the little rascal did dive before I could adjust my settings. Good thing I didn't try to get the Better Beamer on too!

Upon looking at the photos after getting home, I decided that I kinda like it! I think it is kinda cool, in a minimalist sort of way. Showed it to my most beloved (and brutally honest) critic, and she was like "Meh". And I was all "What?!". Isn't it funny how opposites attract?

So, I thought I had better get a second opinion, from some people who truly know high art (or a grotesquely blown-out photo) when they see it! I punched up the colors and the blacks in LR and Shadow/Highlights, about 50% crop and small sharpening in PS. All C&C is welcomed and appreciated! (Not just the second one to give me their opinion)

Oh, and Happy Canada Day to all Canadian Nikonians! I very much enjoyed my trip to your beautiful country!

D7000; 300mm F4; F8; 1/250th sec; ISO 800

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