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The Darkest time of the Year

The Darkest time of the Year
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-30 6:49
Viewed: 2892
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first posting after our move to Kalmar. We now live close to small reed-lined inlets of the part of the Baltic between the Swedish mainland and the island of Öland 3 km away.

This is about as light as it gets at this time of the year when there is no snow!

Whooper Swan, Cygnus cygnus

Swedish name: Sångsvan, meaning, 'song swan', as makes a musical honking noise, as distinct from the mute swan that can only grunt.

The Whooper Swan has become more common in recent years. It breeds mainly in the wetlands of sub-arctic areas of Europe. Some pairs also breed in S. Sweden by small lakes.

They overwinter in N. Europe, usually where there is access to grazing.

They are Similar to Berwick's Swans but are told apart by having more yellow than black on the bill and by their larger size. They pair for life.

This shot was taken at a distance of about 25 meters (80ft) in the middle of the day and after slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

We are now heading for longer and lighter days!

I take this opportunity to wish all TN-ers a Happy 2012!

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Hello Ivan,
Nice autumn photo. This year, very late winter of which will certainly enjoy the birds.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-12-30 7:01]

Hello Ivan
Nice capture! We have this specie alredy here in Romania. I was expected it for all year and now I get some good photos. I must say I'll move soon in Sweden and I'm just curious what species I can find there...
Thanks for sharing this beauty and I wish you a Healty and Happy New Year!

Beautiful birds and beautiful photo Ivan! The composition and the lighting are excellent!
My best wishes for a Happy New Year

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-30 7:28]

Hello Ivan,
What a splendid light in this photo. Two Whooper Swans in a very beautiful atmosphere. Excellent timing and composition.
I wish you all the best in the new year,

Hi Ivan,
interesting note. Nice photo - very good point of view. ALso nice natural colours.
Happy New Year!

hello Ivan
very nice picture with great details and nice light
the colours are beautiful
thanks and a Happy new year
greeting lou

Hello Ivan
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness. Happy New Year to you and your family

Fine couple of swans. Good backdrop of grasses. Nice colour of the water, despite the low light.
Very nice composition
all the best for the new year

Hello Ivan

The light on this photo is very beautiful,
also the was is coming on them and illuminating
the Swans, with fine POV and framing, TFS

Also to you and Ulla, Happy New Year 2012


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-12-30 8:47]

Hej Ivan,
excellent capture ..
This composition is very lovely with A pair of Whooper Swan. Excellent sharpness.
Happy New Year!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-30 9:12]

Hi Ivan, very unusual season whit no snow at your home and butterflies in mine..hheh...a great capture of this couple whit the magic light of sunset,perfect to warm the colors.I wish you all the best me too and thanks for share,Luciano

Ciao Ivan, beautiful composition with lovely couple in a fascinating ebviroment, exųcellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year 2012, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
Exceptional composition with such great focus and very nice clarity.
Outstanding colors and wonderful composition with this superb Swan.
Thanks for sharing this gorgeous capture!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-30 9:34]

Hello Ivan,
very beautiful image with excellent sharpness and splendid lighting; perfect POV and nice natural colours. Well done!
Happy new year!

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful capture, marvellous colours and lighting, very good sharpness, point of view and composition are excellent
Happy New Year
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Ivan,
What a lovely picture and Beautiful birds.
Well done.
Happy new year.

Hello Ivan,

Beautiful place you have there and must be peaceful just by looking at this picture. The light is fabulous and you have composed the shot well in good harmony. Thanks and for sharing and all the best with 2012. May there be many more great pictures from the new crib.
Kind regards,'

Hej Ivan,
fin bild av sångsvanarna trots det sparsamma ljuset.
Men nu kan det ju bara bli bättre och bättre när ljuset återvänder.
Vi har nog 4 timmar längre och ljusare dagar på Cypern och framförallt soligare:-)
NI kommer säkert att trivas i er nya lägenhet i Kalmar med närheten till Öland.
Jag har stora problem med internet och kan inte skriva kommentarer eller ladda upp bilder utan att bli nedkopplad stup i ett.
Nu gick det tydligen bra.
Hälsa Ulla
Vill Önska er båda ett Gott Nytt år.
Hoppas att min uppkoppling blir mer stabil då jag har en del nya bilder att ladda upp.
Hälsningar från ett soligt Ayia Napa-

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-12-31 0:15]

Good morning, Ivan.

Congratulation on completing the move. Hope you enjoy the new place. Now you are close to the lovely orchids of Öland!

Lovely capture of those Whooper Swans. You conveyed well the winter light. BTW, a small flock of those arrived in the Hula Reserve in the Upper Jordan Valley in northern Israel not long ago. A first sighting after some twenty years,

Gott Nytt År!


Gracias por tu observaciķn a mi Pyrgus Ivan.
Bella foto para despedir el aņo.
Te deseo una buena "nochevieja" ( es como denominamos en espaņa a esta noche )
y prķspero 2012.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Ivan,
Congratulation for the first posting from Kalmar. The natural setting and sunlight just perfect. A pleasing to the eye picture.
Wishes you a prosperous new year.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-12-31 8:01]

Hi, Ivan.
First of all I congratulate you on successful moving. It was so difficult period of your life I think. I hope that places are attractive for nature photography too and we will see many your and Ulla's pictures. Subject of the shot is very cute, both almost identical birds create a very pleasant composition as well as water surface and yellow rush wall. My best wishes to you and Ulla in New Year and Happy Holiday Season.

see the landscape also in Sweden in December without snow does not seem real,Ivan
a beautiful capture of pair of cygnus cygnus
best wishes for happy 2012 to you and your family sERGIO

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-01-01 7:28]

Bonjour Yvan,
Voilā donc le premier posting de votre nouvel "habitat". Il semble que la nature y soit bien présente aussi. J'ai vu sur Wikipedia que Kalmar est une ville d'une certaine imposrtance avec d'intéressants bâtiments historiques. Il y aura beaucoup ā découvrir! Une image paisible pour nous transmettre vos voeux que j'aimerais retourner ā Ulla et toi. Good luck for 2012!
Amitiés ā vous deux

Hello Ivan,
Excellent capture taken from a great POV with beautiful colours. The light, details and sharpness are also wonderful. Happy New Year to you and your family!
Best regards,

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of these swans with beautiful warm light and natural colours. I also like the good sharpness and the nice compositon.
I wish you a Happy New Year 2012,

Hallo Ivan
What a beautiful image which I missed for being away from the site over the end of the year. I like the golden sunlight in this image very much. I also like the seperation of water and grasses and the pleasant manner in which the image is presented. The clarity of the eyes and yellow and black beaks of the birds are great. Thanks for sharing, with my best regards.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-09 6:10]

Hi Ivan!
Sorry, I was in the mountain and I had problems with Internet.
Thanks, happy new year to you too!
Lovely couple of swans, captured with excellent light and great sharpness. Beautiful colours and nice details.
Ciao! Vanda

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