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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 52mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-29 17:03
Viewed: 3125
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I couldn't resist putting up another Swan. This one preening in the early evening light, a lot of hard work with so many feathers!
Swans are large water birds of the family Anatidae, which also includes geese and ducks. Swans are grouped with the closely related geese in the subfamily Anserinae where they form the tribe Cygnini. Sometimes, they are considered a distinct subfamily, Cygninae.

Swans usually mate for life, though "divorce" does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure. The number of eggs in each clutch is between 3–8.

The word is derived from Old English swan, akin to German Schwan, in turn derived from Indo-European root *swen (to sound, to sing), whence Latin derives sonus (sound). (Webster's New World Dictionary) Young swans are known as cygnets, from the Latin word for swan, cygnus. An adult male is a cob, from Middle English cobbe (leader of a group); an adult female is a pen (origin unknown).

The Northern Hemisphere species of swan have pure white plumage but the Southern Hemisphere species are white-and-black. The Australian Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is completely black except for the white flight feathers on its wings, and the South American Black-necked Swan has a black neck.

The legs of swans are dark blackish grey, except for the two South American species, which have pink legs. Bill colour varies; the four subarctic species have black bills with varying amounts of yellow, and all the others are patterned red and black. The Mute Swan and Black-necked Swan have a lump at the base of the bill on the upper mandible.

[edit] Systematics and evolution
All evidence suggests that the genus Cygnus evolved in Europe or western Eurasia during the Miocene, spreading all over the Northern Hemisphere until the Pliocene. When the southern species branched off is not known. The Mute Swan apparently is closest to the Southern Hemisphere Cygnus; its habits of carrying the neck curved (not straight) and the wings fluffed (not flush) as well as its bill color and knob indicate that its closest living relative is actually the Black Swan. Given the biogeography and appearance of the subgenus Olor it seems likely that these are of a more recent origin, as evidenced by their modern ranges (which were mostly uninhabitable during the last ice age) and great similarity between the taxa.

Shot from RAW
Adjust Shadows in in RAW
Remove noise and add sharpen in RAW
No Crop
Used High Pass Sharpen in PS CS2
Thanks to Miles and Adam for tips on sharpen and exposure.
Hope you like it.

jeanpaul, marmottelolo, uleko, aido, mario-roberto has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-29 17:06]
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Hi Debz. well you done it again. the colour the detail and compostion. all great. well done. TFs.


very beautiful Deborah. The Swan looks so elegant and ther is so much details in the wing feathers. Exposure is awesome. I also like the Creamy green Bokeh. You have two spots on your sensor that you may want to clean off a little to the left of the swan. ;)

Hi Debz, wonderful swan in greta pose with splendid colors, great focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-29 17:43]

Hi Deborah,
Great shot. Really nice details on the feathers. Lovely control of the light and great BG.

Nice texture in the feathers, well separated from the background...

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-29 18:24]

Hello Deborah,
What a nice shot with a great POV, I like it a lot.

hi deborah,
nice shot, nice pose, sharp image with good details specially the wings, exposure has been managed well,
nice pov, lovely bg,
tfs & regards

Bonjour Déborah
Elle est superbe cette prise de vue de ce beau cygne. Les couleurs sont merveilleuses,les détails et l'éclairage sont parfaits .
Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.....JP

Joli cliché plein de délicatesse...et quelle souplesse.
Bonne journée.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-30 12:04]

Hi Deborah,

I love it! So cute the way he is covering part of his face. The details of the feathers is marvelous. Wonderful colors, especially against the black bg. I like the comp too.


salut deborah
c'est super,les details du plumage ressortent vraiment bien et l'exposition est bonne.
seule deux petites taches restent sur le vert,tu aurais pu les supprimer avec PS CS2
les deux petites taches sont en bas a gauche sur la partie verte mais c'est tres leger.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-31 11:43]

Hello Deborah,
Wonderful sharp details of this Swan preening itself. Well-timed shot, great sharpness and beautiful light. Looks great against the dark background.
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-31 14:20]

Hi Debz,
Nice image, a very well managed exposure. Nice composition too. Nice colours and a beautiful smooth background. It looks like the focus is on the feathers nearest us (beautiful detail there) but it should really be on the eye. Nice job on the sharpening, I think high-pass tends to work very well on fur and feathers.

I saw the spots in the background as well, they look more like cloning marks to me. Best way to check for sensor dust is to find a piece of wall or paper or something that is a mid-tone and uniformly plain (flat magnolia wall would be perfect), take some images of that and check them for spots. If you have any sensor dust you will be able to see the spots. To be a bit more thorough, if you have a plain wall take pictures of different areas of it. If you have sensor dust you will see the same spots in the same part of the frame on the different images. I wouldn't overclean the sensor, for a Canon once every 3-6 months should be fine.

Sensor dust will not affect auto-focus. It will just produce spots on your images.


Hi Deborah. This is such a good detailed focus. I like the little way he hides in his feathers.
No worries on the dust throwing focus off.

hi debby,
for one time I don't see a very good shot of yours.

no good head position, much central. model "one shot, one kill".
on shadow there's a blu colour. you can reduce it with ps.

one point becouse you can to do best.

hi mario

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