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Black and White Backlight by Photosbykev Black and White Backlight by Photosbykev
I struggled to get the exposure sorted for this image as the dynamic range was way above what the sensor could handle, so I settled for getting the highlight features right.

A simple conversion to Black and White gives the image a nice impact (imo)
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:iconebony66136:
ebony66136 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
Gorgeous shot. I love the contrast.
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:iconchibicko:
chibicko Featured By Owner May 19, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous! The sense of motion added by the water droplets give this overall feeling of watching this in slow-motion... it's very well done!
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:iconsiusam:
Siusam Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
Beautiful foto :clap:
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:iconlightbird:
lightbird Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful effect indeed - it makes the egret look so big and bossy! Great job!
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:iconcarol-moore:
Carol-Moore Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Great job on the lighting and composition.
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I featured this deviation in my journal today. [link] :aww:
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:iconcorazondedios:
CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
awesomely beautiful!
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:iconmysticmare7:
mysticmare7 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
That is trule AWESOME - wow. I am left stupefied. Thank you.
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:iconlongwing:
longwing Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
very, very nice.......the bird looks majestic and powerful. Reminds me a little bit of a black widow lady getting married.
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:iconshachiel:
Shachiel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007   Photographer
Awesome!!! Good luck in the contest :D
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:icondana-martinez:
dana-martinez Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
I really do like this... but it is a shade contrast-y. Also, the sprinkle of light bits by his head - is that light on water? Because black-and-white, you can't tell there is water behind him. Again, maybe because of the contrast.
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:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It's water droplets coming off the beak :)
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:icondana-martinez:
dana-martinez Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
Hmm. I wouldn't have known that. Otherwise, gorgeous.
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:iconyamichi:
YamiChi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
The light highlighting the edges ofthe bird are amazing. Well done on this capture
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:iconfloora:
Floora Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
nice photo :)
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:iconictenbey:
ictenbey Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
so nice image ;

well done ! ...

:gallery:
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:iconglumpy:
glumpy Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That's sexy. I love the effect of the glowing round the edges of the bird... :D Very effective! :heart:
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:iconequusinfinity:
EquusInfinity Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Too beautiful for words :D
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:iconnocturnalvampire:
NocturnalVampire Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007   Photographer
Very dramatic, nice work!!
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:iconlamsquaw:
lamsquaw Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: :clap:
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:iconshuk:
shuk Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
the water drops really add drama and the black and white works well, as =meihua said there is a bit of grain but if you had of smoothed that out you would lose a lot of the details that make this such a great shot. When you convert to B/W do you do make an adjustment layer in color then desaturate? Ilike how much depth this has and often B/W can look a bit flat, although I am a fan of B/W shots
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:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I switched to Lab mode and selected the channel with the most detail in it and used that one for the basic b/w image. The grain is from the underexposure on the main body of the bird, it is probably 3-4 stops underexposed.
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shuk Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
the grain doesn't detract from the photo. Thanks for sharing how you did your B/W I have tried a few ways, some I have had better results than others. I sure would love to have one of these birds close by to try photographing.
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Serephiminelysium Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Wonderful shot..
I think your right about the B&W giving it that extra punch..
:+fav: added
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
nice! a bit grainy though
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:iconspiralkitty:
spiralkitty Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow kev... this is beautiful, may I add this to my list of things to draw/paint from your gallery? lol. I'll have something done soon too to show you :) so get excited! :O hehe. :) This would look really pretty on black scratch board. :) :please:

you are so amazing. :)
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:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Help yourself spiralkitty :) thank you for asking first
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:iconspiralkitty:
spiralkitty Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always ask. :) hehe. :) Thanks sweetie! :D :love:
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SpaceWhore Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
I see you put "Advanced Critique" for this image, but honestly, I have nothing to critique! I think it looks stunning! I love the water droplet hanging from his beak. Gorgeous shot!!!
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feathers-and-ashes Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007   Traditional Artist
An absolutely stunning shot here. The black and white contrast, aided by that fantastic highlighting, makes an incredibly dramatic, as well as elegant piece.

I knew it was an Egret, but I've never heard of the Little Egret of the UK. Heh, then again, I'm not much of a bird watcher.

Keep up the fantastic work!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! The sharp little water droplets are an amazing effect!
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:iconetii0:
etii0 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007   Photographer
Lovely contrast! Beautiful species, isn't it?

Gr

Robin
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:iconinepta:
Inepta Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Great effect!
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:iconazerane:
Azerane Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous, it really is. You've captured a nice amount of motion with the water droplets, and the light coming from behind the Egret (it is an egret isn't it, a snowy or a cattle egret or something similar?) I really love how the light coming through the feathers isn't too bright but instead highlights the details instead of blurring them out like too much light probably would. The great thing about this, is that there is still a significant amount of light in front of the bird, allowing details on this side of it to bed defined. So great capture =)
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:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Very close Azerane, a Little Egret in the UK :)
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:iconazerane:
Azerane Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah! So close :XD: At least I got the Egret part right, hehe.
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