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CDP Photo

Posts: 2125

Brooklyn, New York, US

I love the photo, it is truly a wonderful composition and makes me think of something Henri Cartier-Bresson might have done. But our digital world of today has made me very skeptical when viewing things. I get the feeling the person and the swan taking the feed were both added to the scene. I could be wrong but when I enlarge the image I see noise around the figure and swan head; and no where else in the image.

To all that don't think it's so great, I bet you don't have anything better.

Feb 05 13 03:27 pm Link

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Cherrystone

Posts: 37133

Columbus, Ohio, US

Composition? Unless I could crop it to have the blank space bottom weighted, I wouldn't have used it.

Feb 05 13 03:31 pm Link

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Evan Hiltunen

Posts: 3574

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

It's nice but the contrast twixt light and dark makes me really want the dividing line to be straight up and down.

Edit: maybe if it was rotated .25 degree CCW ...

Feb 05 13 03:32 pm Link

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M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12117

Tampa, Florida, US

Kent Art Photography wrote:
Americans and hyperbole...

That's the most stereotypical thing I've ever heard in my entire life.

Oops. Guess you're right.

Feb 05 13 03:39 pm Link

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M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12117

Tampa, Florida, US

CDP Photo wrote:
To all that don't think it's so great, I bet you don't have anything better.

Nuh unh. What are we in 5th grade?

Just because I'm not dating someone better looking than Megan Fox doesn't mean I don't have the right to point out that the girl has a totally fucked up thumb. I'm not. But it doesn't make it any less valid.

Feb 05 13 03:42 pm Link

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Rays Fine Art

Posts: 6575

New York, New York, US

I'd call it a fun picture very nicely done but well short of greatness.

Feb 05 13 03:47 pm Link

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Daeda1us

Posts: 1067

Little Rock, Arkansas, US

Michael Pandolfo wrote:

Nuh unh. What are we in 5th grade?

Just because I'm not dating someone better looking than Megan Fox doesn't mean I don't have the right to point out that the girl has a totally fucked up thumb. I'm not. But it doesn't make it any less valid.

She has thumbs????

http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-basic/jawdrop.gif

Talk about gilding the lily!

Feb 05 13 03:56 pm Link

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Aesthete Studios

Posts: 2088

Oakland, New Jersey, US

'tis wonderful.

Feb 05 13 04:01 pm Link

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afplcc

Posts: 6012

Fairfax, Virginia, US

Beautiful shot.  Thanks for sharing.

Ed

Feb 07 13 03:14 am Link

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Neil Peters Fotografie

Posts: 1058

Tucson, Arizona, US

it is simple genius in vision
and just as fascinating that you chose to post it Nikki......
sadly, very very few photographers give any thought to compostition at all
and do not understand it or recognise it

Feb 07 13 04:04 am Link

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Edward Shaw Photography

Posts: 322

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

I think it's great.
It's far harder to see this type of shot to shoot it than it is to knock it afterwards.

Feb 07 13 04:09 am Link

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Azimuth Arts

Posts: 1490

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Rick OBanion Photo wrote:
There is a pier by my house you could take that picture every day.

Please don't feed the perception that it is winter in Canada all year long wink

It's a nice photo - but for me it's not the best.

Feb 07 13 04:18 am Link

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Valenten Photography

Posts: 265

Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Île-de-France, France

Aaron Lewis Photography wrote:
Ummm OK. I get it but to call it one of the best? I'm not buying that.

I think the same. The main line isn't even parallel to the picture border. The composition is cool but I don't feel much when watching this photograph

Feb 07 13 04:47 am Link

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Toto Photo

Posts: 3018

Belmont, California, US

Valenten Photography wrote:
I don't feel much when watching this photograph

On the other hand, I feel a great deal when looking at it. It makes me feel wonderfully lonely.

Feb 07 13 10:12 am Link

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Oliv Oil

Posts: 13

Atherton, England, United Kingdom

That is really amazing!

Feb 08 13 06:45 am Link

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Kyle T Edwards

Posts: 434

St Catharines, Ontario, Canada

I think it's a fantastically composed shot.  Not only is it the black and white contrast, but it also has the contrast of the mass of swans active in the water versus one lone person standing on barren snow.  Kinda bleak on the human side, but given how I've been lately, I can dig it.

Azimuth Arts wrote:
Please don't feed the perception that it is winter in Canada all year long wink

It's a nice photo - but for me it's not the best.

Of course it's not winter all year long, here.  We have August 14th, too! http://assets.modelmayhem.com/images/smilies/big_smile.png

Feb 08 13 07:11 am Link

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Captured Moments

Posts: 345

Huntsville, Alabama, US

Composite or not it's a very cool shot. If I was walking by this shot posted large on the wall I would say WOW. Then put on my photographer cap an pick it apart as we all do. But I would remember always the WOW.

Feb 08 13 07:41 am Link

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C h a r l e s D

Posts: 9306

Los Angeles, California, US

It'a a cool shot and all, but certainly not compositionally speaking
Cool shot?  Yes, absolutely.
Good composition?  No.  Not at all.  But it is a cool shot.

Feb 08 13 07:44 am Link

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MC Photo

Posts: 4144

New York, New York, US

For those who think it's not a composite, you're missing what's composited.

Picture the entire scene as is, but without the swans and ducks. That's how the shot was framed on a tripod. Then multiple shots of a couple of swans and ducks were composited to make the group and ensure they were in the right places.

Feb 11 13 12:37 am Link

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kitty_empire

Posts: 864

Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Thanks for sharing. It's a great shot.

Feb 11 13 01:42 am Link

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Justin

Posts: 22025

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

Beautiful photo on a number of levels. Wish I'd done it.

Feb 12 13 06:18 am Link

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Mortonovich

Posts: 5760

San Diego, California, US

Beautiful photo! Thanks for posting.



MC Photo wrote:
For those who think it's not a composite, you're missing what's composited.

Picture the entire scene as is, but without the swans and ducks. That's how the shot was framed on a tripod. Then multiple shots of a couple of swans and ducks were composited to make the group and ensure they were in the right places.

Is it for sure a composite? (I'm not arguing, just asking.) Is there a link to the individual frames or anything somewhere? Because if it IS a composite, then I don't think much of the "photo" at all.

Feb 12 13 07:44 am Link

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GER Photography

Posts: 8292

Imperial, California, US

Haha!:-)) That shot is so cool!! Not a composite at all!! The simplicity of the shot makes it even more amazing!:-)

Hasn't anyone ever fed the ducks at a pond in a park before????

Feb 12 13 07:55 am Link

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Paolo Diavolo

Posts: 8912

Martinez, California, US

beautiful black and white!

Feb 12 13 09:14 am Link

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Herman Surkis

Posts: 9313

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Azimuth Arts wrote:

Please don't feed the perception that it is winter in Canada all year long wink

It isn't????

Feb 12 13 01:01 pm Link

Artist/Painter

JJMiller

Posts: 807

Buffalo, New York, US

This is a really well composed shot, if the photographer even composed it at all or just saw an opportunity that happened in nature, shot it, and there it is. I don't want to take away from it, it's gorgeous.

  At the same time look at painters, illustrators, animators. Every element they put in (or don't) is consciously added. Just look at this: http://www10.big.or.jp/~tuesugi/  (illustration link on the bottom) This is what composition is all about. The pic above looks in the same vein.

Feb 12 13 04:25 pm Link