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CDP Photo
Posts: 2,094
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  Quote 
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Cherrystone
Posts: 36,300
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  Quote 
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Evan Hiltunen
Posts: 3,113
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  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
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  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
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  Quote 
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Rays Fine Art
Posts: 6,016
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  Quote 
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Daeda1us
Posts: 1,067
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  Quote 
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Aesthete Studios
Posts: 2,088
Oakland, New Jersey, US


'tis wonderful.
Feb 05 13 04:01 pm  Link  Quote 
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afplcc
Posts: 5,983
Fairfax, Virginia, US


Beautiful shot.  Thanks for sharing.

Ed
Feb 07 13 03:14 am  Link  Quote 
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Neil Peters Fotografie
Posts: 1,058
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  Quote 
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Edward Shaw Photography
Posts: 316
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  Quote 
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Azimuth Arts
Posts: 1,475
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  Quote 
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Valenten Photography
Posts: 265
Balikpapan, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia


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  Quote 
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Toto Photo
Posts: 2,540
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  Quote 
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Oliv Oil
Posts: 13
Atherton, England, United Kingdom


That is really amazing!
Feb 08 13 06:45 am  Link  Quote 
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Kyle T Edwards
Posts: 419
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  Quote 
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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  Quote 
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C h a r l e s D
Posts: 9,304
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  Quote 
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MC Photo
Posts: 4,144
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  Quote 
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intense_puppy
Posts: 864
Brighton, England, United Kingdom


Thanks for sharing. It's a great shot.
Feb 11 13 01:42 am  Link  Quote 
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Justin
Posts: 21,714
Fort Collins, Colorado, US


Beautiful photo on a number of levels. Wish I'd done it.
Feb 12 13 06:18 am  Link  Quote 
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Mortonovich
Posts: 5,333
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  Quote 
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GER Photography
Posts: 7,690
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  Quote 
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Paolo Diavolo
Posts: 8,291
Martinez, California, US


beautiful black and white!
Feb 12 13 09:14 am  Link  Quote 
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Herman Surkis
Posts: 8,442
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  Quote 
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JJMiller
Posts: 508
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  Quote 
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