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Ya gotta be crazy to dive in there !

Posted by
Michael Skorulski (Toronto, Canada) on 16 July 2008 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Encouraged by a wacky duck, a frail swimmer perpetually threatens to leap into the dangerously murky waters at Bojnice Spa in Slovakia.

DSLR-A300 F/5.6 ISO 100 55 mm

Photographs by M.E. from Tustin, United States

funny and well spotted! very nice, Michael!

16 Jul 2008 5:08am

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much, M.E.

Steve from United States

That really is funny. I think the duck knows what's going on. Great photo.

16 Jul 2008 5:46am

@Steve: Thanks, Steve. Glad you liked it.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Clever title for this sharpened shot. Nice stone texture.

16 Jul 2008 5:50am

@Calusarus: Thanks so much, Calusarus.

Kylie Greenan from Richmond, Australia

What a classic photo! Well spotted and captured!

16 Jul 2008 5:58am

@Kylie Greenan: Thank you so much, Kylie.

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Wonderful capture, Michael.This would make for a much sought gift card - hint, hint. Heck, I'll always jump in as long as I've got my ducky.

16 Jul 2008 6:15am

@Stephen Phillips: Ducky's there to help. Thanks for the great and fun comment, Stephen. I like the encouraging hint.

Marie Le Corre from Voiron, France

So funny ! I like it !

16 Jul 2008 6:18am

@Marie Le Corre: I'm glad you had a laugh. Thank you, Marie.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

hahahahah Are you kidding?
Excellent composition.

16 Jul 2008 6:19am

@Ana Lúcia: I'm glad you found it fun. Thanks, Ana Lúcia.

Rags from Plano, United States

Awesome catch!

16 Jul 2008 6:50am

@Rags: Thank you, Rags.

Marion from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

What a great picture. Don't you just want to give him a little push? The duck just makes the picture. This provided a good giggle Michael.

16 Jul 2008 6:57am

@Marion: Perhaps a hand pushing would be a great addition to the image. The temptation to nudge is certainly there. I'm so glad you had a laugh. Thanks, Marion.

kiji from valenciennes, France

very nice and funny shot! Duck and boy seems to have the same posture :)

16 Jul 2008 7:18am

@kiji: Yes, you are right. Excellent observation. Thank you, kiji.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

What a timely shot with the duck at its feet! The statue is inspiredly located and your title is such fun! Hmmm....I think the duck got impatient waiting and wating for the swimmer to jump in and thought to give it an encouragement!I cannot take my eyes from the pond, the water lilies and pads and the beautiful reflections! Definitely a great capture! My compliments!

16 Jul 2008 7:41am

@Japanalia: Thank you, Gabriela. Your comment is delightful.

Dr. Leonard Yossarian from LONDON, United Kingdom

Having had a quick look through your archive I noticed you have some shots of 'alive' statues taken in London, this could be one of them! It (He) looks ready to pounce!

16 Jul 2008 8:22am

@Dr. Leonard Yossarian: Yes, he certainly does look life-like. Thanks for visiting.

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Fantastic Michael, I love the way the little duck seems to have adopted the same pose as the stone swimmer.

16 Jul 2008 9:04am

@MaryB: Great observation. Thanks, Mary.

Rui Silva from Leiria, Portugal

Great shot and a big sense of humor! Well done

16 Jul 2008 9:14am

@Rui Silva: thanks very much, Rui.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Is it a blanket in there? Oh no, it's a life vest just in case the swimmer leaps into the (hard to say what).

16 Jul 2008 9:23am

@António Pires: Yes, he certainly wouldn't know what he was diving into. Thank you, António.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Slovakia is the land of funny statues! Really like this.

16 Jul 2008 9:39am

@MadScientist: Glad you had a laugh. thanks, MS.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Excellent title for this one, Michael! Well done!

16 Jul 2008 10:17am

@Betty: Thank you very much, Betty. Just having fun with the title.

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

I like that the statue is portrayed wearing a bathing cap ... a vestige from an earlier time!

16 Jul 2008 10:54am

@Ron: Yes, that is true. thank you, Ron.

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

a beautiful capture and striking compo! is this HDR? very beautiful PP effect -- do tell! so much detail to take in! loving the concentric water ripples and the beautiful lighting! the antiquated statue is a beautiful and captivating visual bonus, bravo!

16 Jul 2008 11:27am

@dj.tigersprout: Yes, it is a mild HDR to get added detail. Glad you like the detail, Jaycee and thanks for the great comment.

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

What a shot! The duck gives the pic a very special touch. Almost looks like the duck is trying to flee from the stupid guy jumping into her pool :-)

16 Jul 2008 11:38am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks, Mirko. I like your interpretation.

Tracey from White Hall, United States

Great humor in this one, Michael! The HDR really adds a punch without overdoing it! Nicely done.

16 Jul 2008 12:18pm

@Tracey: Thanks very much, Tracey.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

This is really good Michael. I like HDR when it is not obviously HDR like your photo here. I only knew it was HDR by looking at the comments above.

16 Jul 2008 12:19pm

@Craig: I agree with you that HDR is best when not obvious. Thank you, Craig.

Mandy Provan from Johannesburg, South Africa

What a great statue and very good timing on your part to get the little duck in the picture too Michael - this is a lovely shot

16 Jul 2008 12:25pm

@Mandy Provan: Thank you very much, Mandy.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Brilliant capture... perfect timing!!

16 Jul 2008 1:10pm

@hugo poon: Many thanks, Hugo.

Koushiro~光子郎 from Singapore, Singapore

Hilarious shot! And well captioned too!

16 Jul 2008 1:51pm

@Koushiro~光子郎: Thank you very much, Koushiro.

Chris from South Jersey, United States

A very funny shot, and wonderfully composed. I am a little distracted by the brick(?) reflection in the water, but that probably would have been difficult to clone out of the shot. An excellent capture...

16 Jul 2008 1:55pm

@Chris: I can see how the brick reflection could be a distraction. Cloning wouldn't be overly difficult but I left it in because I thought it added to a slight surreal nature of the image. thank you, Chris.

Eleftheria! from Athens, Greece


16 Jul 2008 2:07pm

@Eleftheria!: Thank you very much, E 9 1/2.

Sammi from New Jersey, United States

Beautiful picture Michael [:
I think he should try some bigger waters though..

16 Jul 2008 2:09pm

@Sammi: I agree. Really not deep enough either. thanks, Sammi.

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Artistic but with a funny twist, looks like the duck and statue are set for a race. Good shot Mike

16 Jul 2008 2:34pm

@Observing: I like your race interpretation. Thanks, Mike.

Peter Miller from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Very comical composition

16 Jul 2008 3:33pm

@Peter Miller: Thanks very much, Peter.

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

This is fantastic! Very nice shot :)

16 Jul 2008 6:26pm

@Ina: Thank you very much, Ina.

Judy from Brooksville-Florida,, United States

Wonderful capture made better by the "wacky duck"! ;D

16 Jul 2008 6:39pm

@Judy: Thanks, Judy. Yes, the duck really makes it.

_____ H o M o _____ from Iran

great shot , perfect

16 Jul 2008 7:42pm

@_____ H o M o _____: thank you, HoMo.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A nice capture that fills the frame nicely with a nice burst of color from the flowers in the center.

16 Jul 2008 8:57pm

@Steven: Thank you very much, Steven.

standley from brou-sur-chantereine, France

Fantastic shot. What a timing for having captured the duck at the statue's feet!

16 Jul 2008 9:47pm

@standley: I was lucky there. thank you, Richard.

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

Oh, I thought he was on a board being towed by the duck. Very cool shot.

16 Jul 2008 10:29pm

@Michael Rawluk: Yours is an interesting interpretation. thanks, Michael.

::: CushmoK ::: from FLEURAC, France

so funny shot.....

16 Jul 2008 10:33pm

@::: CushmoK :::: Thank you, Cushmok.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Amazing, I love this, it's really spectacular, I saw it and I thought the comment, yet I never posted it...what's the matter with me lol love it...maybe I need a good dunking ;)

17 Jul 2008 8:18am

@Lorraine: I have done the same, even writing comments but somehow not clicking to actually post them. It ranks with going into the pantry and wondering why exactly I'm in there. And only remembering why when I've left. thanks, Lorraine.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States


17 Jul 2008 7:50pm

@Twelvebit: thank you, 12bit.

Pascale Kisilak from Paris, France

Amusante photo, funny shot !

18 Jul 2008 5:44pm

@Pascale Kisilak: Merci, Pascale.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Great capture! I am loving your photography! I will have to come back and go through your "older" postings..... :) Great work!

10 Aug 2008 4:59pm

@Magda: Thanks so much, Magda.

ISO 100
55 mm