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...or "Stick a feather in me, I'm done". I came across this little scene on the mud flats along the Cobequid Trail. It was a hot July summer day when I spotted this feather lodged in the half-baked mud. As you can see by the shadow cast by the feather the time was 1:38 in the afternoon, though the second hand might be a little slow. I thought it was interesting and took a few shots. Thought about cropping the shot to make the feather more prominent in the frame, but it just didn't look right, at least to me. And before you ask: No, I did not stage the photo or manipulate the scene in any way. Outside of enhancing the colour tones that is. Hope you enjoy and your comments welcomed.


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08/12/10 9:37 AM GMT
What an unusual find. It does look like a sundial. This would be a great entry in the abstract contest.
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08/12/10 11:59 AM GMT
I really like the concept of this photo, very nice. Good call in not cropping it - more impact for the viewer.
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08/12/10 12:32 AM GMT
Nice to find something unusual and perhaps something for the abstract contest?
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08/12/10 2:17 PM GMT
I think it would do very well in the Abstract contest Wendell. Funny how we learn to see scenes like this when we are thinking photographically. Excellent.


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Cameras are like people--sometimes they lose focus.
08/12/10 2:40 PM GMT
Hey Wendell, did you stage the photo or manipulate the scene in any way??? LOL!! Fabulous find and a great picture and story.......btw, what is the story??:) Well done my friend:)
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08/12/10 3:34 PM GMT
Wendell - That is hot and dry! There would have been no scene like this several years ago when I was in NS. Creative capture - and a good eye to spot it. Thad
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If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera. ~Lewis Hine
08/12/10 4:03 PM GMT
Well you had me and my work friends scratching are heads my friend. 1.38 pm says Rob, were does he get that time from? Ian.. i say it because there on Eastern time not GMT Time like us lol.Great photo we all agree it like being in the worlds potter class room.Great capture of texture and colour and heat.Well done my friend.PS i can see finger prints in the mud were you placed the feather.
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08/12/10 4:39 PM GMT

Hellllooooo Wennndeeellll!!!

Super unique and different photo! I like it and, as always,a joyful reading of your narrative. Have a super super day!
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Susie Sun
08/12/10 5:16 PM GMT

I beg to differ. You said, "No, I did not stage the photo or manipulate the scene in any way." It is obvious that you took about $400,000, brought in some clay laden soil with some Caterpillar earth movers, used a supersized grader to level the surface and then used a number of water trucks to get the correct consistency for the mud to harden. Then you hired some illegal immigrants and gave them putty and carpet knives so that they could carve the surface with natural looking cracks. I've seen it done so many times before. This shot is a cliche. :-)

Actually you've created a grand composition. Great idea skipping the crop. Great colors, immaculate clarity and focus. I can't believe that Nova Scotia has a place that looks this hot and dry. Amazing stuff.

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"Cameras save lives"
08/12/10 8:03 PM GMT
So this is how you tell the time in Nova Scotia, is it Wendell? Over here we use things called clocks and watches.
It is a lovely shot, though.
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"The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal." George Santayana
08/12/10 8:31 PM GMT
Different and Unusual photo.Love it
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08/12/10 9:56 PM GMT
Interesting shot. Looks hot and mighty dry, bird must have dropped a feather trying to get away.
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08/12/10 10:02 PM GMT
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Many people will walk in and out of your life,but true friends will leave footprints in your heart. You'll ways be in my heart Carissa and Rouski
08/13/10 12:04 AM GMT
I didn't realise the Sahara had moved to Nova Scotia. Excellent work as always, Wendell.
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"I'm never going to be famous. My name will never be writ large on the roster of Those Who Do Things. I don't do any thing. Not one single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don't even do that any more." - Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
08/13/10 12:48 AM GMT
Fab-u-lous find Wendell and love the way you started off your with story. Really like the textures and glad you didn't crop this image.
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08/13/10 3:40 AM GMT
Is the rest of the bird down in there somewhere? I like the looks of this old cracked mud! Once in a while things like this happen by chance, you got pretty lucky to find it!
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"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes."
08/16/10 5:45 PM GMT
Fantastic capture with great DOF and clarity, Wendell! I especially like the cracks and texture to the earth! A rare find, not only due to the feather's position, but also that it has taken on the same colour tones as the earth! It's also a fine choice for the abstract contest! Best of luck to you, my friend :)
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*Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~Scott Adams*
08/26/10 5:27 PM GMT
I'm glad you didn't crop the photo. I like it the way it is. It looks like a very desolate place, and the feather is some sign of life.

I wonder what kind of bird it is from.
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