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Morris in MT Silver Member Winner in the Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Nikonian since 03rd Oct 2007Tue 02-Jul-13 03:13 AM
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"High Key Loon"


Townsend, US
          

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!

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Tue 02-Jul-13 12:05 PM
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#1. "RE: High Key Loon"
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Tue 02-Jul-13 12:05 PM by Lunastar

Mankato, US
          

It's a cool effect, Kelly. I'd probably tone down the eye a tad so she doesn't look so menacing

Mark



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Morris in MT Silver Member Winner in the Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Nikonian since 03rd Oct 2007Tue 02-Jul-13 01:23 PM
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Townsend, US
          

Ha! My daughter said that it does look "creepy" because of the red eye, so there must be something to it! It is rather bright. Tone it down I shall! Thank you for looking and commenting, Mark!

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Denver, US
          

Nice shot Morris.

Thanks for sharing,


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Morris in MT Silver Member Winner in the Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Nikonian since 03rd Oct 2007Tue 02-Jul-13 01:24 PM
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Townsend, US
          

Thank you, Vaughn!

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polarpics Gold Member Nikonian since 23rd Jan 2013Tue 02-Jul-13 01:51 PM
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Ontario, CA
          

Beautiful shot. I have seen a lot of Loons and taken many Loon pictures over the years but never thought to create something as striking as this picture.

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Morris in MT Silver Member Winner in the Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Nikonian since 03rd Oct 2007Tue 02-Jul-13 06:35 PM
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#6. "RE: High Key Loon"
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Townsend, US
          

Thank you very much, Bill! I wish I could take credit for having the artistic vision to have planned this shot, but it was, alas, an accident. Isn't it fun though, how we sometimes discover and/or learn about differrent techniques when we have these "accidents"?! I will now be more attuned to potential high-key photo opportunities in the future, and I just might capture one on purpose! Thank you for looking and commenting!

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Izzie Gold Member Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2011Tue 02-Jul-13 09:29 PM
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Chesterfield, US
          

I like your sense of humour....

Fly safe, drive safe and keep safe.
G'day and G'lock....
Izzie

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Morris in MT Silver Member Winner in the Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Nikonian since 03rd Oct 2007Wed 03-Jul-13 12:11 AM
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Townsend, US
          

Well now, I do appreciate that! Thank you very much for looking and commenting, Izzie!

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rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007Wed 03-Jul-13 12:48 AM
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Denver, US
          

Morris: there are shots that are unique and then there are shots that are unique and good. Yours is definitely the latter. Richard

  

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Morris in MT Silver Member Winner in the Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Nikonian since 03rd Oct 2007Wed 03-Jul-13 03:31 AM
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Townsend, US
          

Thank you very much, Richard!

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Watto Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Mar 2010Wed 03-Jul-13 11:39 AM
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Dongara, AU
          

Hi Kelly , love the effect you have created, it looks quite different and striking.

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Morris in MT Silver Member Winner in the Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Nikonian since 03rd Oct 2007Wed 03-Jul-13 01:17 PM
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Townsend, US
          

Thank you very much, Glen!

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Lakeville, US
          

I find that it is sometimes better to snap first and then hope for the best. It worked great in your case.

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Morris in MT Silver Member Winner in the Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Nikonian since 03rd Oct 2007Wed 03-Jul-13 07:08 PM
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Townsend, US
          

I do have that happen from time-to-time, but most of the time it doesn't work out so good. And then sometimes I just get excited and forget to check the settings! Thank you very much for looking and commenting, Bill!

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AUMike Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Feb 2008Wed 03-Jul-13 08:49 PM
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Birmingham, US
          

I tend to gravitate toward the artistic side of photography and really like this image. Well Done! Bring the eye down just a tad.

Mike

  

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Townsend, US
          

Thank you very much, Mike! I realize this is very subjective, some will like it, some wont. Heck, my own wife and daughter don't even like it!
Yes, you are the 3rd person to comment on the eye, so bring it down, I will. Thank you for looking and commenting.

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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Thu 04-Jul-13 12:20 AM
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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

Interesting shot Kelly. Almost abstract art. Some great shots are often the result of accidents......Scotty.

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Morris in MT Silver Member Winner in the Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Nikonian since 03rd Oct 2007Thu 04-Jul-13 12:40 AM
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Townsend, US
          

I thought "abstract art" too, when I finished the PP on it. I love it when the "good accidents" happen. It seems like another door has been opened to explore and learn.
Thank you for looking and commenting, Scotty!

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Homestead, US
          

Interesting capture, very Artie look, well done.
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Townsend, US
          

Thank you, Rick!

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Germantown, US
          

Definitely arty -- in fact at first glance my thought was that it was a watercolor! I like it

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Townsend, US
          

Thank you, Howard. Yes, it is definitely different.

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