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Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine
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Copyright: Donna Rasmussen (captainsgirl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 491 W: 6 N: 997] (4088)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, 55-200 1:4.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-03-30 16:41
Viewed: 4573
Points: 32
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I really need to get a longer lens, and I would love your suggestions on what would be the best one to get as I really would love to get a better photo of these beautiful swans. This photo I took was with my 200mm I did use my tripod as I knew I needed the best chance possiable to not shake, but still these guys were too far away so did some cropping to get them a part of the photo. There were about 50 of them out there nappign in front of my house the other night, I love hearing them when I go out to walk my dogs before I go to bed. I hear the ice cracking as it is pushed on the shore and the sounds of the swans in their constant conversations. When I got up in the morning they were all asleep then slowly one by one they started to stir and swim off for their day of fishing:o)

So I posted this for two things, one because I think they are beautiful and wanted to share them with you and two because I would love your ideas on a good telephoto lens. Thanks!

Donna :o)

UPDATE: I figured after Bobs workshop that I should actually post my original photo, which was taken with my 200mm lens full zoom, as you can see I've done alot to the photo to get it where it is, to start with cropping to bring the beautiful birds up as close as I could without loosing some detail, unfortuanlty I don't remember the steps or how much I did what but I increased the brightness, contrasts, saturation, then bumped up the clairty and sharpness, removed the noise, resized for posting and sharpened it again.
Its not perfect but if you look at the workshop you'll see what I had to work with.:o)

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The composition and angle are super. I will do a workshop for you if you don't mind...or if you want you can send me the larger photo and I can play with it....If there is anything wrong it is made up by the nice way it is composed...

good composition

I think you should get the Canon 100-400mm. It is a great lens. Many people on TN use it. It is stabilized and is very sharp at the long end.

One wonders how these birds can find enough to eat with all the ice. I guess they are equipped for it but it can't be easy or comfortable for them.

Evelynn : )

Hello Donna,
Interesting to see them there, sitting whjere the surf hits the beach probably waiting for some food to drift by!
A simple and attractive composition, that makes us focus on the beautiful birds...
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Despite your limitations of equipment (going by your own views), it is a wonderful picture of these birds relaxing in a group, Donna.
You have cropped the image well to make a balanced composition.
Thanks for sharing this good image.
I can't assume I would be able to give you an opinion on a long lens. I use Sigma 70-300mm and had the same experience while shooting water birds from a distance. I couldn't get real close-up shots.
Best regards.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-31 6:08]

Hi Donna,
even without the longer lens you managed a wonderful shot. This a is a great group of swans. I love the lighting in the shot, it gives the ice a pastel glow to it and makes it a very moody composition.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-03-31 11:39]

Hi Donna,

Wonderful shot of the Swans waking up, nicely composed and I like the way there are several different poses, nice colours and light too, I hope when you get your lens they will pose for you again!


Dear Donna
Great to see you back ;O)
Perfect focusing,composition and POV.Superb shot my friend.

Good Luck

Hi Donna,

This group of swans are impressive. The point of view leads our eyes towards the swans. The subject is well framed The capture of the movement of the water is an asset to the composition. Have a nice day.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-31 16:53]

Hi Donna,what a nice pic!!My best compliments,a not usual situation taked perfectly,excellent under all corners of view,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Donna ,
Nice shot with great composition.
lovely reflexion.
good light.

Thanks for sharing

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-02 22:49]

Hi Donna,
Wonderful shot and I like the placement of the swans. Very skilfull work done and the image is neat and sharp. The muted lighting presents great mood and ambience with the reflections making the image look majestic and so pleasant to the eyes. Excellent POV to portray this charming scenery and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-03 8:18]

Hello Donna,
You made good use of your equipment and set these Trumpeter swans in a fine composition on the edge of the ice.
I use my Canon 300mm + 1.4 teleconverter for practically everything except landscapes and I am pleased with it considering it's less than $2000 inc converter. With it I guess you could fill the picture with the group of swans on the right. Alternatively Evelynn's is a good suggestion.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-03 10:01]

Hi Donna.
Despite long shooting distance you managed to reach this cute group of birds. I like composition of the shot, curve of the free water is very cute as well as the location of the birds and their poses. TFS and kind regards.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-04 21:24]

Hello Donna

Just marking the post for now


Hello Donna,

I think this is a charming shot!
It looks like a normal family in the morning - some still asleep, some just stretching and some thinking about getting breakfast!

Nice composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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