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Fashion Show: Chairman

Fashion Show: Chairman
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-02-24 4:36
Viewed: 4418
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In exhibition turmoil I managed to catch the following scrapes of phrases:

Chairman: Ladies and Gentlemen. I think there has come time to sum up.
Show Participants and Spectators: Oh. My God. Why? We have just begun. Where are you going in such a hurry? We still had time to show (to look) almost nothing. And we have not declared our sponsors at all, etc.
Chairman: Well, well. All right. Show goes on.

Primary sponsor of the Fashion Show is Sea Port (about 8 km from Odessa) which called by people "Fish Port". In Soviet period the great fishing-boat flotilla was located here. Then there a ferry-boat complex was built near (on the territory of) the Fish Port also cargo sea shipping between the USSR, Bulgaria and Romania was organized.

Just after disintegration of the USSR the flotilla was plundered. Now only ferry-lines work to Istanbul (Turkey) and to Poti (Georgia). Clearly, that present freight traffics are very small in comparison with former.

The port is constructed in estuary of "Dry" Liman. The shallow estuary is partitioned off by a dam in the middle of which it is arranged the pontoon drawbridge.

On original shot you can see old booths with swing mechanisms.
On workshop #1 the road on a dam to the drawbridge is represented.
On workshop #2 you can see a part of port water area adjoining a dam also a carriage-entrance to the territory of the port.

Few words about Chairman.
I managed to take few shots of this gentleman (I hope this swan is really gentleman (at least a male :) ). This was a first shot taken at portrait camera orientation. Next shots were taken at horizontal camera orientation and reflect entire image of the swan. Only on first shot the tips of wings were cut (I had no time to frame first shot correctly). However, I have preferred this shot and created effect by this phenomenon. This effect demonstrates and underlines the huge width of swan wings better then others and posture of the wings (their strong horizontal position) is more impressive (for my taste).

Chairman: I thank all of you, dear TN-members, for visiting our Show and invite you to next presentations.

Alex99: What can I add? Only that Chairman is quite right.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To CeltickRanger: The point.Alex99 1 02-24 09:08
To pvs: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 02-24 09:04
To Argus: Timing.Alex99 1 02-24 09:03
To nglen: About wing tips.Alex99 1 02-24 09:00
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-24 4:42]

Hi Alexei

Another superb shot - brilliant detail and POV. Very humourous series :)


Hallo Alexei
Splendid image, and not only this one, your whole series on this fashion show were really spectacular. I enjoyed every moment of it. This photo of this huge bird is no exception. This bird's wingspan is enormous as well as gorgeous. The sharpness and exposure of the whites are great, and looks very natural. I like the ripple effect of the water and the mirror image in the water. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-24 5:19]

Hi Alexei,
I liked the pose you captured, and ofcourse your notes and the title :o) TFS
Best wishes,

Hi alex,
amazing shot you show us here
very good moment and well focused
the sahrpness and the colours are perect
very well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-24 5:48]
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Hello Alexei,
Änother excellent pose of this juvenile Swan in your 'fashion show' series. The sharpness and lighting of the swan couldn't be better. and the central composition is perfect for the pose and POV. If I took this I would have made sure that the BG was more OOF, but that is a matter of taste and you know me!
Thanks for sharing this one,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-24 5:58]
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Hi Alexei,

A nice capture and a funny note to read,on your question to compare the A700 and 7D,the autofocus is on the A700 faster as the 7D,I must say I havent compared it with the 7D as I lately use different lenses as when I used the 7D,but my feeling says the A700 is faster,with the capture of the lady beetle I used AF and the beetle was on the move (maybe not that fast,but with macro captures the slightest movement will get a blurred picture as you know) and I was quite happy with the accurateness of the AF,previously with the 7D and A100 I mainly used MF while doing macro´s.


Hi Alexei,
Great timing to get this shot. Sharp focus and well exposed image. Lovely pov and composition. Workshop pictures also well seen. Very well done and tfs.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-24 7:30]

Impressive shot of this Cygnet.
The pose is very funny :-)
It's a shame the wing tips are slightly clipped but it's not too much of a problem.
Superb sharpness and clarity.
Excellent POV.
Very good lighting.
Great work Alexei!

Bonjour Alex
Un vrai chef d'orchestre!
Très belle prise, superbes couleurs, netteté et excellente attitude du sujet.
Amicalement Robi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-24 8:12]
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Hi Alexei . It has been a fine show that you have put on over the last few posting. This one has such detail and natural looking colours. Did you crop the wing tips for any reason ?. a great pose from the Swan. well done TFS. Good notes too.

This is the boss eh? It is acting as if so for sure. Nicely captured. What a wonderful and diverse area which you image...Some of your works are remarkable!

hello Alexei

excellent shot of the superb pose of this great and wonderful bird,
the luminosity, the sharpness and the details are excellent,
i just preferred that you crop very close to his head
just tp bring out from the image that background, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-24 8:45]

Hi Alexei,

The Chairman is just wonderful! He is beautiful too. That wing span is enormous. You show such excellent details and textures of his face, wings, and plummage. The shades of white are superb. I love the ripples and reflections in the water. A fantastic series!


Hello Alexei,
Excellent moment of this perfect captured!
very good to see it's stretched wings and body!
the exposure and focus is perfect to have great details
many thanks for sharing this series!
best regards

Oportunidad en la captura Alexei, captando perfectamente la grandeza y poderio del ave. Muy buena luz y bien controlada.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-24 18:12]

Hola Alexei.
Great image You share here, and the rest of the show is just a very well perform .
Nice and sharp. Beautiful image.

Ps. Many thanks for Your words in my last photo they keep me going on on this beautiful hobby, and to make a good friend here.
Your friend

hello alexei,
this one looks really funny and you have captured it with perfect timing, liked the composition and the pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

Wonderful pose! :) What a charming shot. Great details - I love the ruffled feathers. :)

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-24 19:12]

Hello Alexei,
Very nice capture.. Just marking today


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-24 20:56]

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful shot and a funny one too. I like its upright stance and the way it opens up its wings. Great light and exposure management but I wish the BG was less busy. The rippled waters look very nice. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-25 0:24]

Alexei, WOW what a great. Looks like the wings of the aircraft. Perfect shape and lovely clarity. Great view. ganesh

Hello Alexei!
Funny title to this interesting photo. I like a lot timing - the pose of this swam is really nice, especially when I know how your conversation with it looked like ;)
Bravo also for the workshops, together with main photo they make a very cute presentation.
All the best for you and the chairman! ;)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-25 6:53]

Hello My Friend,
Wonderful image of this swan trying to make a point. I think it is your too close. Great details and colors from your always wonderful camera work, thank you Alexei.

bonjour alexei
la pose n'est pas commune pour un cygne,enfin a ma connaissance!
j'aime vraiment beaucoup son atitude,on dirait un pilote de la patrouille de france qui se rememore les mouvement qu'il va devoir faire avec son avion.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-25 10:16]

Hi Alexei

Now that really is a stretch! It certainly shows those large wings off and the long nect. I love the POV here and the exposure on those white feathers is well done. You have caught some amazing details in the breast feathers. Nicely done. I think you are right - he must be in charge of the fashion show.



Hello Alexei,
Chairman right, but you are also right.
My suggestion you should go to board of ferry and go on to İstanbul. I am sure you can find many things to add.
Dear friend, every thing great from "maestro"s pose, focus, sharp details to lighting and great notes with interesting dialog. Congratulations on this great capture.
Thanks a lot. best wishes

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-25 11:03]

Hello Alexei
Excellent pose from your subject.Good POV and very sharp image.Details from the plumage are excellent.
TFS Michel

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-25 11:07]

Hi Alexei

Another funny presentation from you, but also one that shows a side of nature affected by some human activities.
I see this is rather industrial area where the birds gather...i hope they will be fine :)
As for this chairman...it's a splendid shot!
The timing here "makes all the money" and it gives you a pose that looks amazing!
Very good frontal POV, too, impeccable sharpness on your subject and very beautiful natural colors everywhere.
It's a bit pity you clipped the wing tips and that you don't have a nice forest or something in the BG, but under the condition you had, you did the best!

Bravo and TFS

PS: i had a great day out today, when i took my first damselfly shot of this year with the 70-300 :)) Perhaps i will post it soon :)

Great shot Alexei,
I love so much his beautifull plumage and pose of swann,
this a wonderfull post,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-25 14:31]

Hi Alex,this is great,perfect choice of moment to take,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Alexei, superb pose for this wonderful chairman!
Lovely fun composition with splendid details and excellent sharpness, I like a lot, very well done, ciao Silvio

Quel magnifique mouvement, on dirait une statue.
Bonne journée.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-26 9:32]

Hello Alexei

What a wonderful pose captured.
Excellent sharp focus and details.
The composition is very good.
Very good timing on this shot.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-26 9:49]

Hello Alexei,
I don't suppose the Chairman lasted in that position for long! Great timing and a funny capture of the Swan showing its huge wings and ruffled feathers. I'm not keen on the background but your note about the harbour is very interesting!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Alexei,
Ohhh, this is a funny pose and the moment is well captured!
Excellent details in the plumage, I think it is quite wet and needs some drying in the sun...
A lovely image indeed!
Pablo -

Impressionnant, et très fier beau pov et beaux détails.

This is an incredible pose. The details you captured on the wings looks brilliant.
You know if the buildings were not in the photo, I think this would have looked nicer. It is what it is though LOL.
Award winning pose though. Glad you got it.

What a delightful scene from the "fashion" show, Alexei!
The posture of the bird is elegance incarnate.
Well done and TFS.

I do like visiting your site, Alexei!
There is such a mixture of nature, art, humour and social interaction!

I love this! "Look at me! I am the supremo! I'll just elevate my beak a little so that you will get the full effect!"
Superb detailed shot! Perfect exposure! lovely reflections!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-27 4:21]

Hello Alexei, great moment caught! The bird is very sharp and its pose is interresting, the exposure is fine too. I'm not sure about the background though. Good work! Funny note.


Beautiful pose. Great capture of this animal. Details and colours are great.
Best wishes,

Hi dear Alexei ,
Very nice shot with excellent dertails.great sharpness and good contrast.

my best wishes

Una excelente imagen que muestra la gran envergadura que tiene este ave.
Buenos detalles y nitidez.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2008-02-27 10:34]

Hello Alexei,

What a chairman!!! I really like the POV you took and the great control of exposition you managed... Maybe I would have like to have both whole wings within the picture but it is surely a non-cropped picture (full framed). You press the button at the perfect time in order to have it that way!!! Great job and TFS!

Michel :-)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-27 23:52]

Hola amigo,
perfecta acción, (Workshop magnífico)
original momento y buen foco...
iluminación excelente,
saludos Alexei.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-28 1:23]

Impressive shot,Alexei!
Colors,sharpness and details are great! TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-02-28 3:53]

Hello Alexei,
a wonderful series and story about your swans you sharing with us.
Very nice shot on this Chairman, a lot of details in the plumage. Wonderful timing to catch this great pose.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-02-28 13:15]

Hi Alex, This is a delight to see. Well timed to get this beautiful bird performing for your camera. Clarity is superb, i love it. A very fun series by breaking the TN mould of reporting! TFS. Murray.
PS tks for your comment on the oyster fungi.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-02-29 18:56]

Great capture of a very unusual pose! Stunning detail and excellent handling of exposure. And great (funny) educational note! Cheers, Klaus

Hello Alexei

A great sense of humour that you have in your notes and the titles of your photos.
This shot is particularly pleasing.
You have gained an excellent result here.
It almost looks like the swan is performing specifically for you to take this photo.
It's great when the creatures you are photographing actually co-operate with you.
A beautiful photo of a beautiful swan in an unusual pose.
Along with a great note.

Thanks for sharing with is.



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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-05 11:41]

hello my dear friend
wonderful capture of this beautiful model with its artistic pose
composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

The whole series is GREAT.
From not so cold Calgary,your friend,
Mario with fond greetings.

Hi Alexei,

very good moment capture, excellent image quality. Perfect details.



The chairman is calling all to attention Alexei!
I think the fact that the wing tips R cut-off makes em' seem even wider. I enjoyed the discourse - you aim to entertain.
Sounds like this port has gone from busy to sleepy..Better for the birds maybe? :)
Well done mf,

Ciao Alexei,
spettacolare momento di cattura, straordinaria definizione dei dettagli del piumaggio congelati da una perfetta messa a fuoco e dal veloce tempo di scatto, eccellente POV frontale, nella composizione disturba un poco lo sfondo "non naturale", ma dalle immagini in WS si capisce che non potevi fare meglio di così; splendidi i colori e i riflessi.
TFS. Maurizio

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