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Gymnastic exercise

Gymnastic exercise
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS USM, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-29 5:12
Viewed: 4533
Points: 70
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I took these swan in Bruges middle of a green grass meadow, what a gymnastic exercise.

Shooting Date/Time
20/02/2010 14:47:25
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Ciao MF John! A pleasant dynamic posture! Best compliments for the stunning detaisl and perfect light's management. Maybe bit noised.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-29 8:55]

Hi John,
beautiful capture! What the real photographer's eye and quick profits!
A fantastic composition, congrats.
Have a nice week,

Hy John
Funny image, very well taken, very fast also!


Ciao John, wonderful shoot with acrobatic swan in fantastic pose, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Jon
What a funny capture!
I like this lovely swan and a seagull is the bonus.
Congratulation for this beauty!

Hello John,
Beautiful photos and very funny, excellent contrast, color and sharpness with a great POV.
Beautiful details.
Hello Vanni

hello John

excellent photo shot at the best moment, and your low POV
it is giving dynamism to the image, fine focus sharpness, TFS


Hello John,

And welcome back, with a very good shot I might say, because moments like this you do not see every day, and the details and colors are also very good.
Thanks for sharing


Hello John,
Excellent capture of this scene taken with natural colors, great details and good composition. Well done!

Hi John.
Amazing capture of this bird in a very interesting position.
Great title of yours picture.Well done.
Friendly regards.Alin.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-30 3:37]

Hi John,
a perfect moment you captured it.
Good light and great details well seen.
sharp and clear presentation.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-03-30 6:44]

Hi John
Great catch.Excelent timing to.I like that low pov.Nice detail also
TFS Michel

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-30 8:45]

Hi John.
Wonderful picture of a very attractive scene. Timing is spot on as well as impressive low POV, magnification and simply great wide DOF. Details and sharpness of the swan combine with nice smoothed a bit BG excellently. My best wishes and TFS.

Hello John,

an very nice unusual pose from this birdwith good pov and fine colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-30 12:34]

Hello John.
A very nice Swan with a funny posture.Details and composition are wonderful.I like it, thank you for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

Bien captada la crobática pose del ave John. Luz algo disparada" en algunas zonas. Buena profundidad y colores.
Saludo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2010-03-31 1:42]

Hello John!,

I like the posture and acrobatic action of this Swan.


Namaskar John Maenhout,
This is realy white beauty. What a picture.
Nilotpal Patra.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-04-01 3:26]

Hi John,
An unusual composition ...
Lateral strong sunlight.Beautiful color and detail.
Best wishes,

Hello John,
a beautiful capture of a male Mute Swan taken from a very good POV in a nice posture, very good sharpness.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-01 6:45]

Hello John,
A fine capture!
An unsual pose taken from a great POV of this Mute Swan stretching. It is not often we can see the sole of its foot!
The sharp contrast of light and shade was difficult to manage and has led to a little OE on the white parts, but is is well done and taken with excellent clarity.
Nice composition with the slightly OOF gull in the BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi dear John,
So nice shot with interesting mood.
Great light and nice light.

Best wishes

Hi John,
A great moment captured so nicely: beautiful gymnastic lesson. :) Due to the very strong sunshine on the white feathers You had quite difficult work with exposure management - no surprise there aren't too much details seen on these parts. Crop became a bit narrow on the top - and unfortunately You cropped a bit of the complementer theme (the seagull). In spite of all these I give 2 points, because in spite of these small mistakes, the overall visual impact is great. Tfs.
Have a nice Easter, best regards, László

Hi John,

The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the swan doing his exercise. It is well framed. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2010-04-07 22:42]

Hello John,
This is a very funny picture.. great pov.. Well done


Hi John,

You've captured this beauty in a very funny moment:)
Great timely shot with perfect exposure and DOF control!
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-04-09 10:44]

Merhaba John,
Çok estetik ve de sempatik bir fotoğraf olmuş.
Tebrik ederim, sevgilerle..

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2010-04-10 12:32]

Hi John !
Marvellous shot, super colours, the contrast and the composition.
I am greeting Slawek

Hallo John
This is a wonderful shot, filled with lots of detail to appreciate. The movement of the leg of this Swan doing its gymnastics is classic and very striking. Your title here is very appropriate and very fitting. I like the full framed composition and the blurred bird in the background. It is a great image without any pretence in spite of the visibility of noise in the background. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hellow John,
What a powerful shot well captured with striking whites and green. Your choice of frame really puts a nice finishing touch to a well taken photo.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-18 13:39]

Hi John,
Nice image of this stretching swan avery difficult exposure with the bright light and shadows. Well done John, thank you.

Hi John. This is nice and tricky capture with beautiful action. Beautiful light and very well exposed plumage. Love the twist and thanks for sharing. Best regards - Jusni

Re bonjour John!

C'est la danse des canards!! Superbe photo, bien cadrée, avec une lumičre qui le met bien en valeur et surtout bravo pour ton sens de l'opportunité!


Hello John!
Smooth guy! Amazing scene and scenery. Superb dynamic pose. Fantastic point of view and focus effect. Perfect capture. Great effect.
Well done!

A most UNIQUE image.
Presented with taste; has QUALITY, indeed!!!
Mario with friendly greetings.

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