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"The Loon's Necklace"

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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: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-17 22:13
Viewed: 3941
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tsimshan First Nation legend of Canada's far west tells the story of a blind, old medicine man whose sight was restored by Loon. As a reward he gave the loon his magic shell necklace. When he tossed the necklace around the loon's neck it broke; as you can see on these loons' necks. As it broke the shells scattered upon the loon's back. And that is how the loon got its distinctive markings.

For more on loons, see previous two posts.

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Nice picture here. I think the DOF for a shot like this would be tricky, because I'm guessing you were pretty far away from the loons when you took the shot. The lighting and colors are a bit flat (by flat I mean not dazzling), but then again neither are the loons. What I like a lot about this picture are two things ... the ripples in the water around the loons, and the positioning of the loons that makes it look almost like one loon with two heads. Interesting shot, very relaxing to look at.

I like the timing of this shot; how you were able to get the two loons opposite each other like that. Well done!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-17 23:45]
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Hi Evelynn
Some people's heads are screwed on the wrong way round, but it seems this Loon(s) has two heads. One in the normal place and the other one ... well, letís just say at a rather unexpected position.
Very well captured and composed shot. I supposed that this was a rather difficult shot to take seeing that the loons are all black & white, possibly with some fading light, and the dark colour of the water surface. However, you did fine to bring out sufficient details and contrasts.
Very well done and TFS.

Hi Evelyn,

very interesting shot. you can keep on looking at it without getting bored. The story is very good also. TFS.

Hi Evelynn, great compo in this shot.
Colors and details are good.
Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-18 2:31]

I love the story that you told. No wonder the loons have such interesting and intricate markings. I like the position of these two facing opposite directions. I don't know why, but your shots of loons alone on a lake always evoke feelings of utmost peace and tranquillity for me. TFS. : )

Hi Evelynn,
You have captured great symmetry in this frame. The foreground and background have been smplified very well leaving the eye to remain on the main centre of interest.

Hello Evelynn, Great capture, perfct details, BG, POV, great job, TFS Kyle

Evelynn, these loons of yours are beautiful. The exposure is perfect. The accompanying note makes this even more enjoyable. I love the lonely haunting sounds these incredible animals make. :)

I don't know how many time i try to have a shot like that and close like that. i love it.

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