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Old Jul 17, 2011, 2:34 AM   #1
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Default Convergence: Take-off curve

When pied cormorants take-off from water they don't immediately become airborne. While flapping their wings to get height they 'run' across the water gradually rising higher until they are tippy toeing across the water and finally rising into the air. This leaves a trail of disturbed water that narrows as the bird raises itself higher.

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Taken today at Dumaresq Dam outside Armidale.

Hope it meets the challenge, somewhat.

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Old Jul 17, 2011, 10:39 PM   #2
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Cool. The curved take off run is an attention grabbing composition. Cropping out the land portion of your shot makes a nice impressionistic image IMHO.
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I agree that it would be interesting to clip out the land in the background and see what you'd end up with.
Good thinking.
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Bernice

Love the idea, and the water / reflection and that arc of 'wing tip converging lines' is a real attention grabber.

Thanks for sharing. Love the Aussie colours!

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Thank you very much ItDoneMeanAThing, selvin & pj1974.

Yes, pj there's definitely a distinctiveness about Aussie landscape colours.

IDMAT & selvin, I tried out the suggestion to crop out the landscape and leave only the waterscape might not have been as heavy on the 'whites' in this pp though. But here it is:

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What do you think?

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Bernice,
I recant my suggestion. Original looks better.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 8:54 PM   #7
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I've learned over the years that I'm more of a fan of impressionistic photos than than most people. Here's the way I see it. Not saying it's better, it's just what I like.
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IDMAT - I rather like that. Looks like I didn't beef up the whites enough in my second attempt! 0r was it the midtones? Am still learning how to judge when enough-is-enough when it comes to boosting the whites. you cropped the top a bit more than I did too - made a difference.

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