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Portrait of a Swan

Portrait of a Swan
Photo Information
Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Trumpeter Swans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-19 16:09
Viewed: 4387
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Testing out my new toy, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8
At F/4.0

Just one of two swans at Springbank Park, London, Ontario.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Trek N.!!!

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Great portrait of swan,good quality,details and sharpness.Well done
Your new toy work OK
Greetings& TFS

* Piotr *

Hello Mike,
I like so much the dark backgrounds...and specially when the subject is a light one, like this white swan.
Nice POV and exposure, we can observe a lot of details in the bird's feathers, and the beak also.
Good frame and composition,
Well done and thanks for share,
PD: Enjoy the 70-200mm

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-19 17:38]

Hi Mike

Seems to me the new toy was made to rest (sorry for the pun) in your hands.

You have done excellent work here and managed to capture the swan in all its natural beauty. The vertical composition and close crop obviously works well for this kind of elongated shot. The colours are very innate and the range of the DOF was quite sufficient to capture all the superb details on the bird. The dark BG works wonders with the white bird and you did brilliant work to bring out the black beak without it getting lost against the black BG. The exposure was spot on with amazing contrasts showing without any OE spots on the white plumage.

Very well done and TFS.

excelent bird portrait,super quality!

  • glazzaro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 473 W: 108 N: 1293] (4605)
  • [2006-12-19 18:12]

One thing is for sure you are going to get some excellent enjoyment from that news lens, I cheerish mine! Detail and exposure are on the mark.


god portrait
bye mario

Hi Mike,
Great portrait of this gracious looking swan. Great sharpness and perfect DOF. How did you get that BG so black?

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-20 4:47]

Hi Mike

If it wasn't for the reflection in tis eye and the small red stripe on its beak, i would have really big problems deciding weather this was shot in color od b&w :))
This portrait is gorgeous, the pose of the swan in wonderful andthe contrast with the black BG is exceptional.
Very nicly framed and composed.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Mike
a wonderful picture. almost in B/W. Exposure and sharpness are spot on. I like the dark BG, the swan stand out nicely.
What kind of a swan ?
Well done, mf.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-20 13:00]

This is a great portrait of your swan. The black bg realy lets the bird stand out.
Good sharpness and details.
tfs paula

Striking portrait Mr Fisher.
The B&W monotone works very well, broken with that bit of red along the lip edge..Excellent work.
Happy Holidays!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-20 14:34]

Hello Mike,
Wonderful portrait of this swan.Details on white feathers are amazing.I liked POV,dark BG,crisp clear eyes and composition a lot.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-20 21:59]

Hello Mike,
I see you are after the Trumpeters too. Great shot. Excellent POV and the sharpness is incredible.
Are those swans tagged?
Have a great Christmas.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-20 22:58]

Hello Mike

A beautiful portrait of this swan.I really like the dark BG.Excellent DOF with sharp detail and well saturated colours.Very good detail in the plumage.Excellent eye contact.TFS


Hi Mike

Great result from your new 'toy'. Did Santa visit early? Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year to you and your family. Thank you for all your support and friendship in 2006.

Kind regards


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