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Mute Swan

Mute Swan
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Copyright: Wolf Power (Wolfpower) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 3 N: 334] (1075)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6ED, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-20 14:36
Viewed: 3441
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mute Swan ( Cygnus olor)

Along the berm at one of the water control dams at Loch Garry in Eastern Ontario.
ISO was 720
I used noise reduction to eliminate some of the speckle in the BG.


When daisies pied, and violets blue,
And lady-smocks all silver-white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight,
The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men, for thus sings he:
Cuckoo, cuckoo!” O word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear.

When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
And merry larks are ploughmen’s clocks,
When turtles tread, and rooks, and daws,
And maidens bleach their summer smocks,
The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men, for thus sings he:
Cuckoo, cuckoo!” O word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear.

Song, from Act V, Scene 2 of Love’s Labors Lost by William Shakespeare (1598)

Thanks for looking.

jaycee, zetu, eqshannon, zulfu, NinaM, Miss_Piggy, roges, pierrefonds, Adanac, MMM, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-20 16:17]

Hi Wolf,

A beautiful Mute Swan portrait and even some Shakespeare to go along with it. I forgot it's Spring - feels like it should be the end of summer to me. The colors and details of the face, eye and beak are wonderful. Superb textures of the pretty feathers. I love the background and composition.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-20 22:19]

A beautiful portrait of swan taken it sharp details, clear BG and wonderful colors. Well done

Nice PP work on a finely composed image. Perhaps it is the curve plus the neck shape and the way you have framed it which makes it so attractive!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-06-21 6:52]

Hello Wolf
Beautiful close-up shot of a mute swannwith nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-06-21 8:22]

I haven't seen swans in Quebec, isn't it strange? Maybe they are rare in Ontario too or it is warmer, I don't know. Anyhow, your portrait, once again, is superb with the exact exposure for the fine and beautiful neck of the swan. I love the details in the feathers, the beauty of the eyes and beak. Beautiful, Wolfie! By the way, I laughed at the poem by Shakespeare even though I don't understand everything but it is really funny!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-06-21 14:27]

A lovely photo of this Mute Swan, Wolf!
Very fine detail and sharpness.
Gorgeous BG.
Great composition too.

Well done,


Hello Wolf
Nice to see a post from you, thanks for sharing this beautiful image with us
I like the head position of this elegant Swan
excellent colors and sharpness, superb blurred BG
Have a good night

Hello Wolf,
Wonderful close up of this lovely swan,
superb sharpness and details, beauiful colors and nice contrast, lovely catchlight and nice oof background.
Well done

Hi Wolf
Nice capture.
Great details and good clarity.

Hallo Rob
This is a super sharp and really striking capture and you photographed it with skill. For me the greatest attraction is the black lining alongside the orange beak, and the little bit of light brown fluff in between the feathers on its head. The contours of the beak display well against your backdrop. A really beautiful portrait of this Mute Swan. Well managed exposure of the black feathers on the forehead. Thanks for sharing this lovely image and the poem as part of your notes. Best regards.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-25 7:00]

Hi Wolf,
Nice macro with some excellent colors.
Nice and contrast them.
Have a nice day,

Hi Wolf,

The close-up view is showing the colors and the details of the head of the swan. The blurred background is putting in evidence the bird. The subject is well framed. The surrounding light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-07-22 17:54]

Hi Rob,
Such excellent quality you have in all you images, this close up is no exception. Beauty revealed with superb sharpness and exposure. Brovo my friend.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-07-26 3:01]

Hi Rob,
That's a lovely portrait with a nice shallow DOF, lovely background colors, POV and composition. TFS
All the best,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-27 11:15]

Hi Wolf
Nice portrait.Excellent detail and sharpness.I also liek the nice OOF BG
TFS Michel

Hi MF Rob, an amazingly beautiful portrait shot of a pretty swan with neat details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice day!

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