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The Rare Beauty of a Black Swan
The Rare Beauty of a Black Swan
jonfrommk


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Birds II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Location: Willen Lake
Date: Jan 27, 2008
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 27, 2008

I was out walking with Daisy and her friend today and we came across this wonderful black swan. I dont know whether any photo could truely capture the beauty of this unusual creature, but I tried anyway

Post Challenge

Many thanks for the comments, I guess one common strand that came through was the fact that I should have been closer and one a level with the swan, I have to say that I found these really useful and will go out and try and reshoot the swan with that in mind. Thank you

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Views since voting: 724
Views during voting: 305
Votes: 197
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02/09/2008 05:06:31 PM
Composition works just fine for me and these are indeed lovely creatures. We had a few at the zoo in San Antonio and they're hard to shoot well - you did a very nice job getting detail and delineation in the feathers here.
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02/04/2008 12:39:26 PM
Jon - very well captured image. The bow of this proud bird to you is a true sign of respect - I am sure there are those that would have liked a bit more face - but I find the lines really quite well captured.
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02/04/2008 11:12:21 AM
Actually, I find the perspective different and refreshing. Not that there's anything wrong being eye-to-eye with a swan, but this is a twist on the usual swan photos. Love your composition, too.
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02/04/2008 08:34:52 AM
Love the detail in the feathers in this Jon. You did a great job bringing out the colors of the bill. I don't believe I have ever seen a Black Swan before.
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02/04/2008 12:18:50 AM
This is a very pretty capture. I love the glowing orange bill. I like how the light also catches the detail on the feathers. Nice composition too, with putting the bird in the corner and having it seem to be looking into the empty space.
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02/04/2008 12:15:10 AM
I love how soft the water and feathers look. Quite a serene scene.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/02/2008 12:08:14 PM
Clean with great lines. The angle is what doesn't go well with the photo. Need to get down on their angle- otherwise you're on another level than the subject.
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02/01/2008 06:13:24 PM
Can't say as i've ever seen a black swan.. Striking..
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02/01/2008 04:44:56 PM
A beautiful swan, would love to see it a bit closer.
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02/01/2008 03:28:06 PM
The water has a lovely texture to it which adds impact to the shot-great
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01/31/2008 10:12:26 PM
Neat looking. Only critique I have offhand is the fact that his head is hidden in shadows. Wild animals don't exactly pose for you.
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01/31/2008 12:48:20 PM
Fairly good exposure, the light is quite harsh and hard to handle both highlights and shadows. The composition is nice. But the focus is not on the eyes and that is very important in animal photo's.
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01/31/2008 11:58:09 AM
Wow, they ARE beautiful!
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01/30/2008 02:32:03 PM
Elegantly posed and nice light to delineate the feathers.
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01/28/2008 09:11:05 PM
And bashful too, nice take.
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01/28/2008 01:51:08 PM
im thinking i would have tried the square crop in this instance,nice image-6
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01/28/2008 11:07:15 AM
Black swans, how gorgeous. Would have loved to have seen the shot a little lower though. But well done on a great capture
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