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Canada Geese migrating

Canada Geese migrating
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-09-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-01-29 16:39
Viewed: 3128
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello, my today's photo is from my archives,
a photo that i converted in duotone
« old time black & white »

- the red channel of the colours composition
i converted in grayscale (black & white)
- then the grayscale again coverted in RGB
- again the red channel converted to black & white
- then converted to dutone using theese colours
- then autolevels
(my highlights set to 5% and shadows 95%)

here is a text on the Canada Geese from this webpage :


The spectacle of Canada Geese migrating in long,
honking, irregular “V” formations across spring
or autumn skies is always thrilling. It is one of
the most dramatic portents of the change
of seasons in Canada. Flying in diagonal lines
or “V” formations serves at least two purposes.
The most important is that it helps the geese
save energy and permits them to fly longer distances.
Scientists believe that Canada Geese fly in a “V” because
of the “drafting” effect, where the follower goose,
like a cyclist in a race, benefits from the air currents
passing the leader, and thus expends less energy flying.
A secondary function of the formation is to coordinate
the flock’s movements, allowing changes in flight speed
or direction to be communicated quickly and efficiently
to all members of the flock.

for more info on Canada Geese go to this webpage :


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You could work all day and waste much time trying to change or alter anything...but THIS is what photography is all about. It is B&W...it is RAW and I mean raw in the sense of being raw in nature...and it is REAL..This is what good editorial photography is to so many editors..Not glitz....not glamor but the real whole deal...I love this Asbed...I love the birds..I love the clouds and the tone...and the frame...and I even love th noise becuase it adds a creative yet personal element. It means This is Asbed Picture! Super work...Keep on!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-29 18:30]

Hello Asbed

A very interesting effect here,the B&W treatment creates an artistic look.
The contrast is well done,and the composition is very good.
It reminds me of a border wall paper.
Cropped to nice effect.

Hi Asbed,
this old picture looking is very nice.
Agree to the most of what Bob say but I think a small diagonal of bird line maybe had been nicer.
Well done.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-01-30 0:18]

hi Asbed,
nice shot with some interesting looking post production. the PP really makes the composition i think, even the noise. great job. i too agree with most of Bob's comment, and Ellis49s about maybe trying the geese a bit more diagonal just for an even more interesting composition. nice one all the same though! well done and thanks for sharing

Hi Asbed,

Wonderful picture - so simple but a powerful image for it, and the archive black and white look suits it perfectly. Great photo.

TFS, Doug

Hello Asbed,
With the gray scale I can feel the depth. The classic flight pattern is well seen. You recorded the yearly event well. TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-30 8:41]

Hi Asbed,

It may be my imagination but this shot reminds me of old warplanes in the films of World War II. But they aren't planes, they are migrating Canadian Geese and it is a great capture.


Bonjour Asbed,
Bel envollée mais un peu de bruit dans le bg.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-01-30 13:08]

Salut Asbed,
J'aime cette photo d'oie blanche. Sa me rappelle que je dois aller photographier les migrations ce printemps. Le ton du BG que tu lui as donné est très jolis.

Hi Asbed,

This is a very unusual and interesting shot. I love the clouds and the row of Geese splitting the shot. The use of monotone works really well - I'm a big fan of mono pics.


This is a great shot - it's like a scene from a half-forgotten dream or a photo found in an attic. WOnderful effects!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-01 17:11]

Bonsoir Asbed, j'ai pris du retard dans tes photos, ayant été absente quelques jours, mais je ne pouvais passer outre celle-ci qui est ma préférée de tes photos, je l'adore. C'est tout simple et pourtant on s'y attarde, chaque oiseau a sa place, la composition est très belle. Le traitement sepia aussi est très adéquat pour ton sujet, c'est tout simplement parfait, beau et très bien fait. Et c'est touchant, la migration est bien représentée, cette photo évoque pour moi le lointain, là où ces oiseaux se dirigent. Ca me touche. Merci,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 19:12]

Hello Asbed,
Very different posting in that it is a black and white conversion and a silouette. I like the composition and the subject, but I am not sure about the conversion.
Thank you Asbed.

Dear Asbed,
Great coverage of migrating Canadian Geese. TFS.

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