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Black is Beautiful

Black is Beautiful
Photo Information
Copyright: Klaudio Dadich (dalmatinac) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 56] (238)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-26
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-15 1:56
Viewed: 4098
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These swans were by the esplanade of a coastal suburb of Melbourne. I was surprised to see them wading in sea water. No idea what they would be feeding on in such a place, unless they were grazing on the park lawns.

The graceful Black Swan, (Cygnus atratus), is the official bird of Western Australia although it can be found in wetlands throughout Australia, including Tasmania. Along with the emu, this swan is found on the Australian coat of arms and represents Western Australia. On Canberra's emblem, the bird is a symbol of the Aboriginal people while the white swan represents Australians of European ancestry. The Black Swan even runs through Australian folk lore. There are Aboriginal stories about some people in a tribe in Western Australia who were began life as Black Swans but were then changed into men.
Throughout the world, seven species of swans can have been identified. There are only two that are not pure white, the South American Black-necked Swan and the Australian Black Swan. Both of these two swan species reside in the Southern Hemisphere.
Swans are the largest type of water fowl. Black Swans range from 44 to 55 inches (112-140 cm.) with a wing span of 6 feet (183 cm.) with black feathers that sometimes look almost brown or grey. Immature Black Swans will be light greyish brown for about 2 years until they finally get their beautiful black feathers. The swan's long wing tips, only seen while the swan is flying or stretching, are pure white. Swans molt once a year during which time they are flightless.
Black Swans' flattened bills are red and white with fine grooves that help grip the underwater plants. Their legs and webbed feet are black. They do not dive for food. Their long necks allow them to reach down and feed on plants in deeper water than geese or ducks.

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Hello Klaudio,

Nice composition. POV and DOF are good. But, I would have reduced the time of exposure to have less light and avoid the overexposure on the beak.

Hello Klaudio,
Good double...
Like the DOF.
Good details in the blacks...
Well done

Hello Klaudio,
very good composition and pov, good sharpness and very nice colors.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-15 6:37]

Hello Klaudio,
Very artistic pose and composition of these two Black Swans. Excellent lighting, colours and sharpness.
Well done and thanks,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-12-15 8:12]

Ciao Klaudio,
Yes, definitely, black is beautiful!
Beautiful shot!

quelle merveille cette photo, belle présentation de ces cygnes, les couleurs sont superbes et bien nettes, bon bg de cette eau bien bleue
une tres belle capture
félicitations et merci a toi

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-15 18:24]

Hello Klaudio

A lovely shot of these two beauties.
The composition is well done,the graceful appearance of the swans is well captured.
The lighting is very good and the colours are well saturated.
Excellent POV .


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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-16 7:10]

Hello Klaudio,
Great composition, making the frame is very good and are excellent approach a beautiful picture!!
Greetings Jose

G’day Klaudio,
Beautiful image. Excellent exposure and DOF. Well done!
TFS Paul

Hi Klaudio,
Hard to expose all this black plumage well, great job. Nice detail, color, and DOF.
Lovely pair :)
Merry Christmas!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-07 2:36]

Hi Klaudio,
I love black swans, they look very elegant. POV, composition and colors look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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