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"Hello World-I Made It"

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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-05-23 6:55
Viewed: 3487
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well the happy day has arrived, there are 6 very cute "Ugly Duckling" well actually they are called CYGNETS, they Hatched yesterday Sunday 22nd May, but of course I wasn't there for the event. I do not think I missed much as they will have been kept under her to dry off, and they do not need to eat for a day because they have the rest of the egg to absorb.
so first think this morning I went to check and she was sat with wings spread and some bits of grey fluff showing . I then had to go get the lads out of the yard, but as soon as they were gone I went back and sat down to wait and 150 images later this is the one I thought to share this one, with one out of the 6 peeking out from under mum,. She tried to get them to go for a swim but they did not want to leave the shelter of the nest, and she can back and snuggled them down again and that's how I left them if it stays sunny she might try again later.
It is a very dark image because the nest is in the shelter of a couple of bushes and a reed bed and as it was taken about 9.14am this morning the sun was directly behind the bushes casting shadows but also there were patches of sun coming through causing problems with the exposure, so not an easy time, but you one chance at getting a 1st view, so it's an opportunity that would not come again so you take what you can get.There was no opertunity for a differnt angle as the nest is at the end of the bridge to the island and there was no room to get around them with-out disturbing them.
Slight shadows and Highlight
Sharpen with USM
slight crop to trim to better size.
Hope you enjoy

slrnovice2, hummingbird24, Runnerduck, Comandante, LordPotty, Alan_Kolnik, touristdidi, Pedda, urban, PDP, TAZ, gerhardt has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To PDP: Thanks PaulRobbrown 2 05-23 18:43
To PDP: Thanks!Alan_Kolnik 1 05-23 18:19
To Alan_Kolnik: Thanks for the brilliant WSRobbrown 2 05-23 18:14
To hummingbird24: I must admitRobbrown 1 05-23 09:11
To slrnovice2: Thanks, and wait till you see them allRobbrown 1 05-23 07:38
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Adorable shot Rob. You managed to deal with the light conditions really, really well. Composition, detail in the feathers and exposure for the white on white is perfect. Catching the moment, absolutely outstanding. Gorgeous shot and I'm jealous! TFS :) Oh, and there is another cute one behind having a nap - *so* cute!

Wonderful Robert! Thank you so much for sharing this event with us. It is remarkable how much I have been looking forward to it.
You must feel like a proud papa, or something.
Well done and congratulations on a truly exciting post and notes.
Sorry, got caught up with the babe and forgot the critique.
Excellent details, color, POV, and adorability factor. Superb composition, thank you.

Congratulations! It's been a long wait, but well worth it.
A fantastic shot, perfect considering light conditions etc...
I've just spotted the other one lying down - so adorable.
Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to see more of these.

Very cute shot Robert!
Details and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Robb, Its funny we have ducklings too,(OOPS SORRY...THESE ARE CYGNETS)
It is well into winter here.We've only had one very slight frost but our black Cayuga duck has been sitting.
We had a few black and a few yellow (Appleyard x) but sadly one black one died this evening.
Ducks are pretty clumsy mothers and a bit stupid too.
Are swans like that too?

A lovely image, though with a strong blue color cast. I did a workshop to remove the color cast and adjust the histogram, which is essentially empty on the right hand side. See if you like it.

Our babies came out on friday :) Just love swan-babies.. they are all grey bundles of fluff !!! I just posted one as well with mom and some babes.

Great details, love how he is looking out from under mom.

Well done

What a sweet baby, I just love the duckling!

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-05-23 12:28]

Hi Robert,

With a digi cam and patience you can get a lot of great pictures and this is one of them. Great details so you can nearly feel the softness from the down.

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  • urban Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
  • [2005-05-23 15:39]

This is a great moment to se the little ones. It is really qute lying there in the warmth from mother. Great picture!

Hi Rob, lovely shot. Lots of cute appeal here. It's great to see them hatched out after looking at the eggs. I bet Mum's a little relieved although her work has only just begun. I was going to do a WS but Alan beat me to it. Very well done.

LOL!!! That caption is just as beautiful as the shot itself!
very well captured!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-25 3:51]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique bien réalisée pour ces petits cygnes. Maîtrise des blancs, bon point de vue et bonne netteté.
Touching, interesting & well done !

So glad to see them out and about, Robert. Your baby sitting paid of. Such a nice series and I hope it doesn't end here.. :) Keep us posted.

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