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Water Dragon Redux (4)

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Water Dragon (by ElDave)

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
Exposure: 8
Aperture: f/20.0
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off

File Size: 3.7 MB
File Type: JPEG
MIME Type: image/jpeg
Image Width: 3888
Image Height: 2592
Encoding Process: Baseline DCT, Huffman coding
Bits Per Sample: 8
Color Components: 3
X-Resolution: 72 dpi
Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Date and Time (Modified): 2008:12:29 09:01:37
YCbCr Positioning: Co-sited
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
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Color Space: sRGB
Focal Plane X-Resolution: 4433.29532497149 dpi
Focal Plane Y-Resolution: 4453.60824742268 dpi
Custom Rendered: Normal
Exposure Mode: Auto
White Balance: Auto
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Compression: JPEG (old-style)
Global Angle: 30
Global Altitude: 30
Copyright Flag: False
Photoshop Quality: 12
Photoshop Format: Optimised
Progressive Scans: 3 Scans
XMPToolkit: Adobe XMP Core 4.1-c036 46.276720, Mon Feb 19 2007 22:40:08
Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
Metadata Date: 2008:12:29 09:01:37-06:00
Creator Tool: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Format: image/jpeg
Color Mode: 3
ICCProfile Name: sRGB IEC61966-2.1
Viewing Conditions Illuminant Type: D50
Measurement Observer: CIE 1931
Measurement Flare: 0.999%
Measurement Illuminant: D65
Color Transform: YCbCr
Flash Return: No return detection
Flash Mode: Off
Flash Function: False
Flash Red Eye Mode: False

Be good,

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4 Reply to "Water Dragon Redux"

AB on February 6, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Wow! Nice work, Dave!


april on February 6, 2009 at 9:16 AM

LOVE this one! (can we get this printed out and frame it for my mom?)


Starlit Sky on February 9, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Love the picture..looks fantastic!


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