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Old Jul 30, 2012, 5:46 PM   #1
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Unlike in the faerie tale, this white goose will never grow up to be a beautiful swan. But I wonder if he realizes how beautiful he really is.

I saw this goose in a park nearby, in a shadowy part of the lake. I metered off the white feathers to underexpose it's surrounding to try to emphasize the bird. Some people tell me it's too dark. What do you think? I tried 2 different crops. With FZ35 alone.





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Old Jul 30, 2012, 9:39 PM   #2
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Lovely. Never mind criticism, your judgement was right. Gets your eye right to the bird.
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Old Jul 30, 2012, 11:48 PM   #3
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I agree! It's perfection, with the darkened surroundings accenting the beautiful white of the goose!

Stunning!
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Beautiful image Saly and I like the edit. The only thing I thought about was how it might look with just a black background and let the goose dominate the frame. Gave it a try but not sure on this one. Will delete if you don't like.

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Ditto. Nice exposure. The contrast of white and black makes the scene.
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Old Jul 31, 2012, 11:49 AM   #6
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Thank you very much Raghu, Carol, pboerger!

Jim - yes I think that's definitely an option! So many ways to "skin" this image, I'm torn between my first and your versions. The first gives it the mysterious dark forest feel. Yours focuses the attention to the bird. I don't know!!!!!!
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Saly - the most important thing is, I feel, to follow your own instinct - how you “see” the scene as you want it to be. For me it has to be the first image - as that “creates” the atmosphere of the scene. I feel it needs the foliage to add a little depth and “feel” to the overall effect. Otherwise it becomes just the white bird on a black background.
But, a wonderful photograph. And thank you for sharing it.
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Both amazing!! Congrats Yuki!
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Saly - the most important thing is, I feel, to follow your own instinct - how you “see” the scene as you want it to be. For me it has to be the first image - as that “creates” the atmosphere of the scene. I feel it needs the foliage to add a little depth and “feel” to the overall effect. Otherwise it becomes just the white bird on a black background.
But, a wonderful photograph. And thank you for sharing it.
Thank you I really appreciate your comments. I agree with your interpretation of the first image, and that is my favorite too. But people often have very different ideas about images and it is always interesting to hear what others think. I often enter my pictures to challenges and always surprised to read people's comments, many often dislike things I really liked. Oh well.....
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Both amazing!! Congrats Yuki!
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