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Copyright: Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3879 W: 192 N: 3835] (14563)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-27 6:10
Viewed: 3492
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This wetland area in Central Norway is a popular pit stop for the migratory birds this time of year!

When I passed by this morning more than 50 swans took a rest and some refuelling before they continue on the Northern flyway. The pond is still half covered with ice, but the birds seem to find their food any way!

The swans are among the early birds on route, later other species will follow. This is a nice place for bird photography, but I seldom see anyone with a camera there!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-27 6:25]

Hi Pablo.
It is a really nice place not only for bird resting and for shooting. Despite of the season the picture is full of colours. I like your choice of POV and cropping of the view. It has three plans: impressive FG, particularly covered by ice, second plan: dry vegetation of the bank, and hills and sky as BG. Sharpness of the image is perfect as well as vivid colours and freshness of the air. Thanks a lot and best wishes.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-27 8:40]

Hi Pablo

This is both a beautiful animal photo as well as a charming landscape!
This place really looks amazing and it should host a lot of wildlife when the weather is a bit warmer :)
The POV here is excellent and the contrast between the swans and pretty much everything else is great - making them stand out so well.
Great details, very good exposure and lovely well saturated colors complete this charming composition.

Bravo and TFS

Joli paysage. Les plans successifs sont du plus bel effet.
Bonne journée.

hi pablo,
lovely shot of beautiful landscape & with birds too making it a great combination, well composed with nice point of view, well saturated colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

We can count our blessings that at least you went there to register this BEAUTIFUL piece of nature to share with us, your TN friends.
This scenery is BREATHTAKING.
Remarkable photography. So many colours. Spring is here.
Greetings from Canada from Mario.

It must be nice to find a place where you can photograph birds without human distractions. I always enjoy your rich, natural, saturated colors Pablo.

Evelynn : )

Hi Pablo
Happy Spring.
This is well shown, the melting of the ice and swans returned. This is nicely balanced in thirds, the sky, hills and trees and last but not least the swans in the pond.
TFS Janice

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-27 17:26]

Hola Pablo,
Luminosa escena y detalles excelentes,
bonito pov. y dof, ambiente agradable.

Hi Pablo!
Looks like we just posted resting bird photos! Although I love your swans!! Beautiful photo Pablo, with the icy waters and the bright white birds. TFS

Thanks so much for your comments on my photo " The Sky is on Fire (40)" :o)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-03-28 3:01]

Hi Pablo,

The last ice and snow scenes from your splendid country, the spring is coming!
A very well picture with the geese in foreground, soft colours and a peaceful area for people and animals.

Best regards,

Hi Pablo. Good composition showing some of the birdlife in Norway. ood note mentioning this is a pitstop on their migration trail. Good colours and clarity. TFS. Murray.

What a picturesque pit-stop for the swans on their way to the North, Pablo!
The snow is still there on the ground but the aspect of season seems to have taken a turn towards spring already.
The resting caravan of swans look beautiful on the blue water.
However, it is the arrangement of different layers of colours that is the hallmark of your landscape photography.
I count 8 layers in this picture, all contributing their share to the immense appeal of this beautiful composition.

Hi Pablo, splendid landscape and lovely birds with great colors and wonderful light, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Pablo,
It seems also that the birds haven't gone that far south this year than previous years. The mild winter did that to them. This might also be the reason of the somewhat early return. It looks like you still have severall weeks to go before spring will arive.

Una composición estupenda, con esas gotas blancas nadando, ocupadas en su mundo.
Precioso cielo y magníficos detalles.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-28 15:37]

Very cool scene! It looks as if spring is truly on its way. I love the almost triangular composition in the lines of the flock

Salut Pablo
Belle et intéressante composition photographique avec ces voiliers de cygnes qui on décidé de se reposer sur cet étang non gelé. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté même si la photo est prise de loin .
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-28 17:37]

Hi Pablo,
A beautiful view of your northen landscape with very nice colours and lot of snow! It seem that swans do not mind cold water:-)
Best regards, José M.

Hi dear Pablominto;very good a nature shot,good quality composition....

Hi Pablo,
Very nice to see a large group of swans resting. Also beautiful background. A beautiful place to stay and taking birds picture.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-29 14:31]

Hi Pablo,
seems spring is returning with the arrival of the swans. Lovely landscape composition. Great scenery and lovely colors.

Hei Pablo,
Nice to see so many wild swans in your area. Perfectly captured in their natural surrounding. I like the fine colors in your photo, the brown of the plants in the lake and the trees, the whites of the swans perfectly contrasted to the blue water. Well done.
Regards, Ruud

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-30 13:46]

hello pablo
here is calm and peaceful resting area for these birds. i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, reflections, details and framing
thanks for sharing

Hello Pablo !
Another wonderful shot from you ! I love the composition, with all the swans in the foereground and the beautiful snwy mountqins in the BG. I also like the vivid colors. Must be great to see all these birds together. thank you for sharing this moment with us !

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-31 9:34]

Hi Pablo.
Beautiful your look upon this PIT-STOP for migratory birds and on surrounding landscape that the slowly waken up to the spring.I like him very much very nice colours and overall composition this picture with great point of view.Thak you for sharing.
Best weekend,with greeting Milos.

Hello Pablo,
This is strange that they are not more people taking pictures there. I know some places here that are overcrowded when it comes to bird’s picture but not mu back yard fortunately
:-) This is a nice capture of this place and I didn't know that swans were migratory birds (or I never read well those notes about them)... I like this harsh lightning which one you managed very well and those tones of colors. This is a nice post! Thanks,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-02 14:49]

Hi Pablo

Wonderful landscape shot and a great capture of the swans as well. Stunning light in this shot, lovely warm tones. Lovely colours and great POV. It looks like a wonderful place



Hi dear Pablo ,
excellent landscape with great composition.
beautiful colors and nice sharpness.
Thanks for sharing

Hi friend,
You have a nice landscape .... the colours, POV are great! This is a great moment! Take care Ana:)

Lovely landscape, very good colours, very well composed.
Best wishes

bonjour pablo
bien souvent le paysage sont sans vie,comme des natures mortes mais la vous avez agrementez avec des oiseaux.
c'est joli et bien fait.

Hi Pablo,
Some amazing landscape scenery. Looks like a great place for these swans to rest and refuel. Colors and sense of depth are excellent.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-06 18:51]

Hi Pablo,
Very nice capture showing these swan stopping over in a beautiful spot. This is a nice landscape shot also, thank you for sharing.

Hi, Pablo.
Nice view. Well composed with swan foreground and mountains background. Nice colors.

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2007-04-25 15:41]

hello Pablo
excellente image aux belles couleurs
magnifique paysage
excellente lumière


Hejsan Pablo
It must have been fantastic to listned to the sound of so many flying Whooper Swans.
Anders at work

Hello Pablo,
What a lovely captured on these swans with
good composition on colour, sharpness and details
Your TE and TL are having the same top quality photos posted each time!
my salute to your photographing talent and quality!!
best regards

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-06-29 8:03]

Hi Pablo!
That is a very beautiful "swan lake" - it shows that nature in Norway is still not poluted. Nice reflection and ice capture.

Hi Pablo,

A good POV of the lake with the birds and of the mountains, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hello Pablo. I have always imagine that Norway is such a beautiful country and your gallery confirmed that. This is such a wonderful view of the wetland with the lake and contrasting vegetation on it. The snow and brownish trees contrasting well with the mountain and spotless blue sky. The inclusion of all the white birds here just making the spot very much sweeter to look at. Thanks for sharing and very best regards from Malaysia. Jusni

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-09-09 17:30]

Hello Pablo,
the beauty are caught by many but the moment are shot by so few. So this is your story.
The beautiful place is enhanced by the interesting birds that continues the whiteness of the snow on the mountains. The colours are cripy and very graphical.
Excellent moment with brilliant composition.


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