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"On Golden Pond # 2"

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Copyright: Jorge Chemas (jchemas) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, uv haze
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-12-04 17:34
Viewed: 4352
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken on an outing my wife and I did last Sunday to a park right next to a water reservoir for the town of Howard up north in the State of New Jersey. The light was so beautiful reflecting the brown vegetation on the water and giving the water a golden look. I still remember the fact that not too many years ego, to find a swan anywhere in a body of water in the State of New Jersey, was a very happy occasion but now the happy thing is to see them back everywhere.

Swans are very elegant birds that glide across the water with their long necks stylishly arched.
Since ancient times and in many countries the swan has been a symbol of gracefulness and a favorite motif for music, art, literature and legends In Greek mythology, Zeus in the form of a swan courted Leda and fathered Apollo. They have been material for myths and legends since storytelling began.
The swan is one of the heaviest flying birds, and it weight goes up to 17 kg (38 lb). When swans come to land on water the feet behave like water-skis and enable the swan to glide gently to a halt (a much more elegant procedure than take-off). Swans take off by running across the water as fast as they can with their wings flapping. Once airborne they can reach speeds of up to 55mph.

The V-shaped formation adopted by swans flying in groups is called a 'wedge'.

This swan in this picture belongs to the Trumpeter Swan family, (Cygnus buccinator) and it is the North American species very similar to the Whooper Swan. Swans that as the American cousins were hunted almost to extinction but now these species are in the way to recovery.


Thanks for visiting me and thanks in advance for your comments/critiques


coasties, Ken52, Silvio2006, elefantino, jcoowanitwong, marhowie, jmp has marked this note useful
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love it, graceful swan, in a beautiful pose. great shot, love the close up.. TFS
Donna :o)

Hi Jorge,
Lovely great picture and pretty colours.
Very good shot Here..!
Best regards,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-04 18:37]

Hello Jorge,
a beautiful pose you getting from this swan, he knows how to show off. The plumage is full of details and very well exposed. The golden colors of this lake sure add a wonderful mood.

Hi Jorge

Lovely light. Another nice shot from your series. :-)

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-04 21:53]

I like the photo because I can see some details in the white plumage.

I like the graceful pose of the swan also.

However, it would be good to see a little more space on the right to create a "place to go."

Exposure of a white subject is difficult. I think your photo may be a little under-exposed or maybe there was not enough light. I am no expert.

Maybe a little soft around the head (sharpness).

Very nice note!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-04 22:23]

Hello Jorge

A super shot of this swan in a classic pose.The composition is wonderful.The colours and reflections are beautiful.Excellent POV and DOF.Well done.TFS


Hi Jorge, lovely swan, great details and colors, good sharpness, ice reflection, well done, ciao Silvio

Hello JC, sharp and well composede shot with ana amazing colorfull BG.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-05 4:22]

Yes, the lovely golden pond again JC. And the swan looks so dainty and graceful here. She does remind me of the Ballet, "Swan Lake". Wonderfully captured, thank you,

Hello Jorge,
Nice sunlight and reflection. Great pov and depth. Seem tall grasses or small tree branches got in the way and made the head are a bit soft and dark. Well done and TFS.

Hello Jorge,
This is a very nice picture with excellent notes. I must say that I agree with Ken52 critic's about letting a little more space right and that the head is a little less focused that the rest of its body. Overall it is a very nice picture with excellent lightning and details on the white feathers. As I said, I also enjoyed reading your notes. Thanks,

Hello Jorge.
Nice shot. I like the low-key exposure, pose, DOF, and coppery color of the water I see. Good detail although it looks like the swans head was moving on you at 1/160th..
Have a good day!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-06 13:23]

Hola Jorge,
La luz, la pose, el color del agua y la belleza de este cisne componen una bella estampa, válida para una hermosa postal.
Gracias por compartir,
José M.

This is a nice image of a beautiful subject, Jorge. I think a little boost in the value range would give this a little more impact. You captured some great light that I'd like to see emphasized a bit. Of course I always like a good range of values so it is only a personal opinion. See workshop.

Evelynn : )

Superbe photo de ce cygne qui est relevé par la couleur or de l' eau. Thomas

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