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An Angel *For Markus*

An Angel *For Markus*
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-200, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-28 3:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The back-lighting shining through the wings made this swan look like an angel or something... hence the title :-)

I would like to dedicate this to Markus Peissard (Heaven) for all his excellent artistic shots :-)

This was taken at Stocker's Lake way back in April.

I hope you like it!

SelenE, Adanac, jaycee, uleko, eqshannon, Heaven, Juyona, rousettus, ramthakur, LordPotty, haraprasan, NinaM has marked this note useful
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Majestic - magnificent - beautiful shot. Great lighitng. I love it!
Just a real beauty!

très belle photo
Bravo et merci

very beautiful photograph
Cheer and thank you

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-28 5:42]

Hi Joe,
Very good inflight capture of this elegant and beautiful swan. Good POV,composition and details. TFS
Best wishes,

you are headed in the right direction....one day your name will be up there with the best of natgeo

this is a majestic shot...tricky lighting handled very well

Hola joe, buena fotografia con un formato acertado, buena luz y color. Un saludo

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-28 8:04]

Hello Joe,
This is super and I am really envy on such shots which I am not yet successfull. Lovely view and sharpness. Ganesh

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-28 8:14]

Hello Joe,
Ousstanding inflight image with incredible details in the white plumage. Marvelous worj Joe, thank you.

Hello Joe,

The POV is magnificent. Great actionshot.

Despite the difficult light a very successful shot.

Have a nice weekend. Greetings and TFS BOB

Hi Joe,
Nice shot of a swan in fly, good details on plumage, I have a similar photo in my galery, not easy to take it
well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-28 9:35]

Hi Joe,

This Swan really does have an angelic look. Just beautiful with the light shining thru the wonderfully positioned wings. A very beautiful shot.


Hi Joe,

Very nice capture of flying Angel. Good composition and lighting, sharp details and nice BG.


Best wishes


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-28 10:53]

Hello Joe,
This is a splendid in-flight capture of the Mute Swan. Bautiful light and I like the way it is holding its wings. Excellent focus and sharp details too. It looks really good against the light grey sky! Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

He'll love it if he isn't too busy living something in the natural world now...he shall be back I'm sure...but a fantastic flight shot Joey. you must spend most of your off time hours working with cameras and computers! Add to that your treks and then of course your education and such...Makes me dizzy!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-28 12:07]
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Hi Joe. Great in flight shot of this Swan from Stockers lakes. very good detail in the wings with a sense of movement. well done tFS.
Before i forget have a good day on Monday the weather looks good and i have the day of too.

Hello Joe
Very very good camera work on this one at a time that I guess you had just got the lense.
The focus etc is all spot which combined with the lighting makes this Swan Inflight capture a cut above the rest.
All the best

Ps..I went to look at sigma and canon 300mm and it really does have to be the canon...I have a bit of financial juggling to do but I hope to get one in the very near future.

Hi Joe,
Superb shot!! Simply outstanding..

Best Regards,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-06-28 13:37]

Hi Joe!

I'm honoured...

Thank you very much for this warm attention. I would like to be at that swan's place. I have always dreamed I would fly. When I was young, I realized that dream and in 1972 I was among the first hanggliding pilots here in Switzerland, even in Europe. A couple of years later, when the obligatory licence was introduced, I had around 300 take-offs.

The most beautiful souvenir I have is a common soaring in a thermal with an eagle. He almost was under my wing when we turned in the thermal, and an uncle of mine who is a wildlife ranger explained me later that the eagle probably wanted to defend his nest.

But I also remember that wonderful swan who was wounded by an idiot on the little lake near our town of Fribourg. My uncle (another one) had a little boat on that lake and we attended that swan during a couple of days. We called him Bob. Even years later when I called his name, within a couple of minutes he came near... Then, one year, I called in vain...

Kind regards


Hi Joe,
Great shot of this angel:) in-flight. Amazing sharpness and nice color, thank you Joe.
Have a nice Sunday!
Cheers OwlMan!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-28 16:26]

Hola amigo,
hermosa captura,
estupendo foco y detalles,
buen trabajo,
saludos Joe

Hello Joe,
I see another great capture from you today too. excellent POV and timing. great focus and exposure. nice dedication at same time. Thanks. have a nice weekend

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-28 23:02]

Hello Joe

This is a wonderful in flight capture.
A majestic looking bird.
You have filled the frame well.
Excellent sharpness and focus.


Beautiful shot Joe!
Absolutely tack sharp with incredible backlight.
It certainly deserves the title.
Very well done.

Joe, you have achieved three-dimensional effect in this superlative picture of a bird in flight.
The planes of light and shade on the wings and the body are simply amazing.
Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty.

Hi Joe,
A lovely capture of this flying swan. Excellent composition and sharp details with very good timing. Thanks a lot for sharing this lovely dedication.

Ciao Joe, superb flying swan with fantastic focus, splendid sharpness and great details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-29 7:04]

hi Joe,
very nice shot in flight, your are lucky to see it in the air. Good dof and compo.

well done

WOW! What a lovely sharp image with excellent lighting. You have handled all the technical things very well and I like the background colour which works well with the backlit bird.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-02 5:47]

Hi Joe,
Outstanding in-flight shot of this swan and very rightly the backlit makes this image stand out. Very neat and sharp image with lovely colours. You really have freezed it immaculately well and with great skill. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-07-03 6:32]

You are right, you photographed grace in person. The light is beautiful and the monochrome colours are just playing with the light. Very well seen Joey, thank you!


oups! pts tomorrow!

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