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Black & White For Brian

Black & White For Brian
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-05-15 20:49
Viewed: 3538
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I really liked all the patterns in this image. It was nice in color with green water but I just read some of Brian's (pepe) workshops and decided to post it in B & W for him....I'm sure he would have done a workshop and made it B & W if I hadn't! : ) This was taken from a moving canoe of a moving bird so sharpness/focus isn't the best but I still like the patterns.

I also used an exposure bias of -1

I am fascinated by the loons. We canoed lots of lakes in British Columbia on a recent trip. It is interesting that each lake had its resident pair of loons...one pair per lake. One can only wonder what happens when they run out of lakes! Loons are very different from ducks. Ducks fly off at the slightest provocation, but loons patrol their lake with attitude!...and only dive at the last moment. They rarely take off...see below.

The common loon (Gavia immer) is anything but common. Red-eyed, with distinctive black and white markings, the loon has a dagger-like beak that apparently is perfect for its long, underwater fishing trips diving to depths of over 90 ft. The loon is most closely related to primitive birds, and its soliloquy of cries can sound eerily prehistoric. It is silent in winter, but in summer the loon is truly loquacious, with a repertoire of sounds that haunt the lake or waterway with strange laughter-like calls, falsetto wails and strange yodeling. At night, the effect is absolutely mesmerizing.

True to its reclusive and solitary nature, the loon prefers a secluded lake or estuary. It is very territorial, normally with only one family to a small body of water. This bird is an excellent swimmer and can stay underwater for long periods, but its life on land is another story; larger than most ducks, and with its feet well toward its tail, the loon is extremely awkward and most vulnerable on land. As a result, the loon nests as close to the water as possible, nearly throwing itself out of the nest and into the water. Graceful in the water and in flight, they are almost comical on take-offs and landing. Their size, solid bone structure and weight distribution result in thrashing water take-offs that can last 100s of feet. The loon's landing is nothing so much as a controlled crash-glide.


PlayPhotography, loot, wallhalla15, Hamurkaroglu, jeanpaul, Shoot_Score has marked this note useful
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To Shoot_Score: Thanks for critqueEvelynn 1 01-03 11:09
To PlayPhotography: A loon is not a duckShoot_Score 1 01-03 03:08
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So great in black and white!!!! You were lucky to capture the pattern of light and dark in the water. Even without the duck, this still would be an amazing picture. I think if you rotated the image a bit to the right, some of the lines would be more horizonal and it might look even better. I'll try it in a workshop. Great shot!!! Keep those black and white images coming! I've added this to my favorites -- it was hard not to after I noticed you dedicated it to me! :)

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-05-15 21:58]

Hy Evelyn, very good composition, I agree with you tha B&W is a good choise, Juan

Hello Evelynn,
this is a very nice capture. I knew the loon from the movie "The golden pond". I like this bird very much. Composition is great and great note too. A good one, very well done. TFS.

Hello Evelynn,
Very very nice photo and very nice composition. TFS
Mehmet Hamurkaroglu

Salut Evelynn
Très belle photo que ce joli Huard a collier. Beau cadrage , belle composition et les couleurs noires et blanches donnent un cachet spécial a ta photo.

Merci et au revoir ....JP

The patterns are outstanding, the compo very fortuitous!

Only issue I may have is the information of one pair of loons per lake. I can't speak for BC, but here in Nova Scotia we see more than a pair per lake... Not only that, in the winter time when the lakes freeze < IF they do ! Global warming and all that rot! > then we see the loons migrate and congregate along the ocean shore line... I live at the edge of the Atlantic and rejoyce each time the loons re-appear!

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2007-11-11 22:41]

this is a beautiful image, with the lines of water that bring to the bird and then finish, with the mystery of black and white, very nice composition and good idea

Hi Evelyn,
Good old black and white( reminds me of my home developing days]. You have a nice rippling effect in the foreground leading the eye straight onto the bird. Nice detail and tones on the bird with a very calm and peaceful background.Well done and TFS.

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