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Song Swan

Song Swan
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-03 2:57
Viewed: 3026
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Having missed a small bird, I vented my frustration by taking a shot of this adult Whooper Swan with a couple of last year's cygnets on a small lake. The Swedish name for this species (Cygnus cygnus) is Sångsvan, which means, 'song swan'

The adult pair use this small lake for nesting every year and it seems that the two nearly adult children were paying a last visit- their 'Swan song' before leaving the parents to get on with raising a new brood.

Whooper Swans nest mainly in the North of Sweden but there are some that nest further south

I still had my camera set at the lowest aperture to give a high shutter speed: not ideal for this situation, but still a pleasing result.

This shot was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 25 meters. It was cropped by about 40% and after size reduction sharpened.


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Hi Ivan,
A great capture of these song swans. Excellent composition and POV with very good details and colors. Nice work. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Ivan

Great composition and the light on the first swan is perfect. It would have been nice to have more depth and get the third swan into sharp focus.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-07-03 3:36]

Swan Lake - beautiful tender photo Ivan. They looks so happy together, and you show them quite wonderfully,

selam, Great shot and very good composition. Well done ! Regards ridvan

Hi Ivan,
Good POV on these swans, I like how the heads are all in close proximity to each other and that they are all centered in the photo.
Good photo,

Hello Ivan
Excellent shot of these Song Swans,
Great composition and focusing,
Perfect lighting and POV,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

Hi Ivan,
I have never seen such swans, they look very pretty with the yellow beak.
A lovely moment, realy idyllic, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Ivan, A very beautiful composition. Swans are such graceful birds that you get never tired of them , especially for a person who has never come across a live one.:) For a hand held shot , this one looks very good with excellent focus, sharpness and details. TFS,

Excelente encuadre con gran sensacion de calma________ Ese objetivo (100-400 L de Canon)es maravilloso y lo tengo en mi cabeza pero de momento hay otras prioridades jajaja. Muchas gracias por tus comentarios Ivan.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-07-03 7:19]

Hi Ivan
Beautiful composition and POV.Details and colors are very nice.Ilike the reflextion in the water of the young Swan
TFS Michel

Hello Ivan,
Well captured.
I do like the reflection mixed with these greenish patterns.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-03 9:06]

Hi Argus,

A very sweet picture of this trio. Their faces have such gentle expressions. Lovely colors and details. A very nice scene.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-03 15:28]

OUtstanding colours and details, Ivan and a very attractive composition to boot!

Hi Ivan,
Nice shot of these beautiful swans with wonderful composition and very nice details. Frame also nice with similar colors of swans. TFS
well done

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful photograph, excellent natural colors, great POV and love those reflections! TFS

Thanks also for your comments on my photo " Zebra Swallowtail (18) " :o)

hi ivan,
lovely capture, well composed shot, nice timing, the reflections look beautiful, well done,
tfs & regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-04 1:57]

Ivan, nice and lovely capture of the song swans. composition is great and nice. Ganesh

Hi Ivan, splendid swan family with wonderful reflections, excellent details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
I like the poetry in this composition!
You capture the moment well, with good poses from the swans...
Good light and skilfull exposure!
Pablo -

Magnífica presentación Iván.
Tonos muy suaves en unos colores muy nítidos y bien detallados.
Buena nota. Saludos, JL.

Great picture with amazing sharpness,nice colors and a brilliant reflection!the only thing I don´t like is the frame...

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