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    Posted: 12 August 2017 at 02:03
The title of my post is of course the title of the first pic... but, given circumstance, I hope it is also apt to the whole of this post if looked at a certain way....

Its really worth digging into the archives of unprocessed photos sometimes. The first two I somehow never noticed back in 2013 when I shot them - and I like them as much as number 4, which I DID post here in a different crop and PP back in 2013. Buried in Themed Views somewhere. On reflection... (no pun intended) I likely DID notice them, but lacked the skills to "bring them to light" in a way I was happy with.

The third is also a "new" shot previously undiscovered.

The colourful reflections are from late afternoon sun directly shining on brightly painted floating houses on the other side of the canal.

All with A99 and 70-400G

1. ("new")
Sublime Submergence by Mike Nash, on Flickr


2. ("new")
Side Stroke by Mike Nash, on Flickr

3.("new")
Profile On Colour by Mike Nash, on Flickr

4. (new edit and crop)
A Chance Glance by Mike Nash, on Flickr

Hope you enjoy.



Edited by WestCoastCannuck - 12 August 2017 at 02:06
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What a wonderful set of images - beautifully captured and composed, and with those liquid reflections setting off your photogenic subject to perfection. Hard to pick a favourite, but I particularly like #2 with the bow wave and immersed front flipper, as well as the reflected profile in #3.
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Amazing shots one and all Mike and a very apt title to the set.

Seeing how much you as we all have grown in the 4 years since you took these shots serves as a great lesson in the validity of going back and reviewing our old work.

A truly superb set and a very close tie between #1 & #2 for me as for the favourite but all are in the running. TFS
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Thanks much for your comments Joe and Steve. I am SO happy I had a look and found these. Will be printing all four. :)
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Great set - very unusual reflections that make this shots very special!

#2 is my favorite since surface and depth (the paw!) of the water intermingle in such a felicitous way!

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#1 is right up there with the most stunning wildlife images I have ever seen on Dyxum. Just WOW!!!! Now, to make a 9.9 image a perfect 10 I would take away the very little bubble(?) that is right near the eye - it almost looks like the eye, but isn't, so it is a bit distracting. Your explanation of what the reflections are while not absolutely necessary to my enjoyment of the image, does answer the question I think many viewers would have, namely: What is that? We see many, many wonderful wildlife images on Dyxum, especially birds which many folks shoot but what elevates this, to my eye, are the reflections. They provide a color contrast, a subject contrast (nature vs. abstract), and they frame the creature's head guiding our eye right to him, and have even left open space in front of his head. Fabulous. This is an image that screams for exposure far beyond this forum - hope you have plans to submit to publications, exhibitions, etc. I have looked at nano zillion images, so rarely anymore does one now really, really grab my eye - this one did.
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Thanks Waldo!!



Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

#1 is right up there with the most stunning wildlife images I have ever seen on Dyxum. Just WOW!!!! Now, to make a 9.9 image a perfect 10 I would take away the very little bubble(?) that is right near the eye - it almost looks like the eye, but isn't, so it is a bit distracting. Your explanation of what the reflections are while not absolutely necessary to my enjoyment of the image, does answer the question I think many viewers would have, namely: What is that? We see many, many wonderful wildlife images on Dyxum, especially birds which many folks shoot but what elevates this, to my eye, are the reflections. They provide a color contrast, a subject contrast (nature vs. abstract), and they frame the creature's head guiding our eye right to him, and have even left open space in front of his head. Fabulous. This is an image that screams for exposure far beyond this forum - hope you have plans to submit to publications, exhibitions, etc. I have looked at nano zillion images, so rarely anymore does one now really, really grab my eye - this one did.



Roger... Thank you SO much for your kind words. They are VERY much appreciated. I confess to feeling very excited about finding this shot - (with some amazement that I passed it over back in 2013.) I did immediately wonder about contests, or submissions of some sort - I just have never tried so must look into it. I did meet a freelance NatGeo tog a few years back, I will try and ask him for some advice - if he remembers me. For reasons of possible publication (my hopes) I only posted the photo at 1024px - the photo itself is actually the full entire frame- no crop, so a full 24mp. (lucky!!!) I will certainly let everyone know if it gets some interest.   

Also REALLY appreciate your advice - I felt the same about that spot, but felt it too difficult to remove with my skillz at present. I gave it a few attempts and I think it is acceptable now. Before posting the original I spent a LOT of time cleaning it up. Bits of stuff in water, tiny distracting reflections.... etc.

Here is my attempt at removing that "1%"   




Cheers and thanks again Roger.



edit: removed another couple tiny spots.

Edited by WestCoastCannuck - 13 August 2017 at 04:04
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Originally posted by WestCoastCannuck WestCoastCannuck wrote:

I did meet a freelance NatGeo tog a few years back, I will try and ask him for some advice - if he remembers me.


It is certainly Nat'l Geo quality (especially with that bubble removed ).
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The set is good but definitely #1 leaps out (especially v2 - thanks Roger for the bubble removal initiative).   The new version looks untouched, so I'd say you succeeded 100% in deleting the bubble.

I don't know how to get stuff in NatGeo but the Sony Photography awards isn't hard to apply for (remember Gert's winner, the "Cold Pony"...?)

It's great to see a wildlife pic that goes beyond the usual documentary stuff. Keep digging and keep getting new ones like this :-)
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Thanks again Roger.

Thanks much Mike for your comment and feedback on "bubble removal surgery". It went better than I thought it would after a few attempts.

I do indeed remember Gert's fantastic Sony winner! Great idea for me to look into! And I will!
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Outstanding pictures! #1 and #4 are my favourite but all of them are in a league of their own. The reflections create a documentary and artistic character that form a perfect synthesis. I can't believe that you buried those pictures for years on your hard drive but I'm glad you finally posted them here!
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Thanks much for your comment Mark. I too am very glad to have found them and brought them to light.

Cheers

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The new version of the first makes a positive difference. Great shot either way though.

I like the second one an awful lot - that paw is just so good! Nice angle on the head too. That's less spectacular but purely as a wildlife shot it is the cream for me.

I don't know if you have any canvas that you cropped off at the bottom, but you might have a look at cutting out some of the reflections on that one - they are really pretty but they distract from the paw and the eyes a bit. However much you like them, there is enough that you would still have plenty after such a reframing.
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Originally posted by maewpa maewpa wrote:

The new version of the first makes a positive difference. Great shot either way though.

I like the second one an awful lot - that paw is just so good! Nice angle on the head too. That's less spectacular but purely as a wildlife shot it is the cream for me.

I don't know if you have any canvas that you cropped off at the bottom, but you might have a look at cutting out some of the reflections on that one - they are really pretty but they distract from the paw and the eyes a bit. However much you like them, there is enough that you would still have plenty after such a reframing.


Thanks much Maewpa! The second is very minimally cropped - but from the top. I had thought, for printing, I would trim more off the top for an easier print size - but, you are quite correct - I love the reflections as they are. I know they detract some from the face and the paw, but I think the eye is still led right to the paw anyway. It may just be "eye of the beholder", but it really works for me as it is. When I have more time tomorrow I will add an 4X3 crop though - I have an open mind.

Cheers and thanks again.

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