I love these McFarlane Dragons! If I could, I'd buy all of them.
Dragons? What are dragons?
Dragons are legendary creatures in folklore and mythology among the overlapping cultures of Europe. The word for dragon in Germanic mythology and its descendants is worm (Old English: wyrm, Old High German: wurm, Old Norse: ormr), meaning snake or serpent. In Old English wyrm means "serpent", draca means "dragon". Finnish lohikäärme means directly "salmon-snake", but the word lohi- was originally louhi- meaning crags or rocks, a "mountain snake".
Though a winged creature, the dragon is generally to be found in its underground lair, a cave that identifies it as an ancient creature of earth. Likely, the dragons of European and Mid Eastern mythology stem from the cult of snakes found in religions throughout the world.
This water dragon is from Series 1 of McFarlane's Dragons.
Because I wanted to capture the dragon's "underground lair", I had to stand in front of a waterfall, getting soaked in the process. I set the dragon on the rocks where he could A) Stand without getting washed away B) Still have plenty of water. The secret here is the use of a Polarizing Filter, which made the water all silky and saturated the colors.
Since the polarizing filter did most of the work, all I had to do in Photoshop was tweak the Lab Colors and save as.
Fee, Fi, Fo, EXIF:
|Camera:||Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi|
|Focal Length:||55 mm|
|Exposure Bias:||0 EV|
|File Size:||3.7 MB|
|Encoding Process:||Baseline DCT, Huffman coding|
|Bits Per Sample:||8|
|Software:||Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows|
|Date and Time (Modified):||2008:12:29 09:01:37|
|Exposure Program:||Shutter speed priority AE|
|Date and Time (Original):||2008:12:28 15:37:30-06:00|
|Date and Time (Digitized):||2008:12:28 15:37:30|
|Focal Plane X-Resolution:||4433.29532497149 dpi|
|Focal Plane Y-Resolution:||4453.60824742268 dpi|
|Scene Capture Type:||Standard|
|Progressive Scans:||3 Scans|
|XMPToolkit:||Adobe XMP Core 4.1-c036 46.276720, Mon Feb 19 2007 22:40:08|
|Metadata Date:||2008:12:29 09:01:37-06:00|
|Creator Tool:||Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows|
|ICCProfile Name:||sRGB IEC61966-2.1|
|Viewing Conditions Illuminant Type:||D50|
|Measurement Observer:||CIE 1931|
|Flash Return:||No return detection|
|Flash Red Eye Mode:||False|