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!
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!
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!
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.
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!