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Swan... River?!?

Swan... River?!?
Photo Information
Copyright: Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-11
Categories: Birds, River
Camera: Canon EOS10D, EF 28mm-135mm IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Natural stripes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-11 19:43
Viewed: 6026
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mute Swan
Cygnus olor

This shot is a silhouette of a Mute Swan taken on the River Wey, just as the sun was setting behind it.

Of the seven swan species worldwide, the Mute Swan is the largest found in the UK.

Although they're a native species they've been domesticated here for several hundred years at least, although in recent years very few have been domesticated - the swans are still plentiful though thankfully!

Domesticated birds were marked by nicking the their beaks or webbed feet, and unmarked birds were Crown property - in other words property of the King or Queen of the time.

ISO100, RAW converted with DPP.
WB: 6800K, Saturation +2, Tone +2.
Cropped and resized, then light USM and HighPass.

cro-star, sam224, Janice, sway, coasties, TAZ, marhowie, ddg, christophe, PDP, omnia, slrnovice2, Luc, tigra, jvachon has marked this note useful
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Wow what colorful shot. Great reflection and composition in walter. Lighting & POV is great, well done.

Silhouette is beautiful and the shimmer of the water is very attractive to the eye.

Great shot Adrian!
The colours are amazing and so is the water. Perfect POV and composition, superb light and lovely model. This photo is really beautiful and has a great mood.
I like it very much.

Romantic composition Adrian... Excellent reflections and colours. I like the movement of the water here. Good job. Bravo!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-12 4:25]

Adrian, what a beautiful and artistic scene. The golden tones and the dark silhouette and reflections of the swan on the water are magnificent. Just stunning. Thank you.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-12 4:32]

I love the horizontal lines, the colours of the sunset and the sihouette.

Looks like the swan is eating spaghetti ;)

Great photo.

Hello Adrian, Really like your swan in silhouette. A dramatic late light effect with the gold tones and reflection, Well done!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-07-12 10:11]

C'est un cygne noir qui nage sur un lac d'or!! C'est rare !!Bravo pour ce post, Didier.

Hello Adrian
Sharpness: 5/5
Color: 5/5
DOF: 5/5
POV: 5/5
excellent light
In a friendly way Christophe

A really lovely capture with the golden shimmer on the water. The silhouette is spot on with the beak pulling a bit of greens from the water. Lovely!


Hello Adrian

Spectacular colour. The effect of the ripples on the water with the colour and the reflection is awesome. Thanks.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-13 4:57]

Beautiful and interesting shot for this Swan ! Composition, are colors are great ! Thanks for sharing Adrian.

Very nice composition! And I really like your title! :) Well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-07-18 4:20]

Great shot Adrian, i like it a lot.. It has something special with the light and the rings in the water! Hmm.. i am not so fond about that dark window around it.. you see less picture.. :o)



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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-18 18:04]

I missed this. This is a delightful shot Adrian. Very warm and colours and a sillhouette of the swan is a very pleasing view.

Next time, shoot it on a lake!

The silhouette of this graceful swan is very nice, but the golden tones on the ripples of the water make this a superb shot Adrian. Very nicely done.

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  • omnia Silver Star Critiquer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-26 12:52]

Unusual texture to the water, and the silhouette and shadow really work well. It looks quite abstract. Normally I'm not a fan of frames but in this case it seems well suited. Beautiful.

Adrian, this is a very beautiful shot. I love the silhouette the bird makes against that stunning sunset-lit river. It is very artistic both in composition and colour range and your exposure brings out the tones of the sunset very well. I also love the lines and shapes in the water. Brilliant capture :)

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2005-10-02 13:39]

Superb capture Adrian. With reflection it looks magnificent. Great colours, composition and BG. I like it very much.
Well done. TFS. :-)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-28 20:04]

I use this stratagem
with the aim
to simply say
thank you
for the time...

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