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A Fine Pair

A Fine Pair
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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: 2012-01-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/1500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-11 8:03
Viewed: 2707
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Despite my 5˝ years on TN, I have never posted an image of this common but beautiful species.
There are many pairs of Mute swans along the inlets of the Baltic in our new area.

Mute Swan, Cygnus olor

Swedish name: Knölsvan, meaning, 'lump-swan'. This refers to the black knob or lump on the base of the upper part of the bill. This is usually more prominent in males.

This is an endemic species in most of C. and W. Europe. It breeds in the southern half of Sweden, by ponds, lakes or calm inlets and spends the winter in the very South and along the coasts.

The English name implies that it is silent, but it does make grunting and hissing noises. It is more often heard in flight, when the wing-beats make a whistling swishing noise.

It is basically vegetarian, feeding on bottom vegetation by reaching down with its long neck, but occasionally grazes on land. Here the female has just raised her head after searching for food at the bottom. About 1cm of ice had formed on the surface of the water during the night.

This shot was taken at a distance of about 15 meters in the mid-morning light. After slight cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-11 8:11]

Hello Ivan,
A photo of these swans in very beautiful light and colours. The elegant poses are impressive. Excellent sharpness, DOF and taken from a very good POV.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-11 8:23]

Hi Ivan,there is a warm sun and no snow in your country as i can see in this very strange winter.A great opportunity to take this nice pair,beautiful capture whit the best light for this beautiful reflections,excellent light balance and sharpness too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Great photo Ivan! Beautiful pose of the birds, excellent composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.

Hello Ivan,
Splendid lights and great sharp and colorful details on this photo of these common species also by us!
Regards, Joska

Hello my neighbor today !
This is a magnificent pair of swans! What a shot! Excellent lightness and amazing sharpness! The colors are also very beautiful! Many congrats,Ivan! You can be very proud of yourself! TFS
Regards from,

Hello Ivan,
Nice pair of swan captured in great light and perfect exposure. Fine details, natural colours and low POV are also excellent. Well done!

Hello Ivan,
Common to you, but yes, absolutely beautiful my friend. A Perfect image of a Mute Swan pair. Excellent detailed sharpness, light balance, perfect POV, defined colours and a fantastic DOF my friend. Well done.
Best regards,

Hi Ivan,
really nice pair. Beautiful light. AMazing colours. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Ivan
Congratulations is then in order for your 1st Mute Swan posting, oh and before I forget, hallo to you too neighbour.

The colours in this image is very striking, especially that of the water and the toffee coloured feathers on the head and in the neck of these beautiful water birds. I also like the natural sunlight very much as it gives extra pizzazz to this lovely image. As a whole it has such a relaxed feel to it. Thanks for sharing and my best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-11 10:25]

Hello Ivan.
What a wonder peaceful image. White swans are such a beauty. The POV, detail and sharpness are fantastic.Best regards Siggi

Wow....excellent image....
A very nice capture with amazing details and sharpness.
Lovely natural colors and exceptional clarity.
The composition with the two swans is superb.
It is a perfect catch with amazing natural colors and perfect WB.

Nicely caught in the light, posing beautifully.
Excellent detail and good background with nice reflections from the water.
A fine photo!
regards yiannis

hello Ivan
very nice picture with great sharpness and beautiful colours
very nice sunlight to
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ivan, fascinating Composition with lovely couple in nice pose, fantastic reflections, splendid light, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan

The sun's light coming in to this lovely
couple of Mute Swans it is rendering them
and the photo more beautiful, i also love
the backlight effect with one side in the
shadows and the other side in the lights, TFS


Ciao Ivan.
Una foto molto elegante , di questi due Cigni con una nitidezza eccellente ,ottima composizione stupendi i colori ,molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hello Ivan,
I hope you are settling down well in your new place. This couple looks serene and tranquil enjoying the beautiful light in the lake. I like the rendered tone and details in this composition. Thanks and kind regards,

Excellent capture of this nice pair!
TFS, Ferran

Ciao Ivan. Fascinating reflections and super managment of light. Great pic MF!


amazing birds, so beautiful scene with great performance!
Best wishes for 2012 Ivan!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-14 17:53]

Hello Ivan,
A fantastic shot of this graceful pair in an attractive pose. Their bright orange bills really stand out against their all white plumage. Love the soft lighting and fine detail captured in this wonderful photo. Well done!!

Hello Ivan,
Lovely natural setting. I have a feeling of peacefulness when looking at this picture. Very well done.

Hi Ivan, Wow Ivan what an exceptional capture of these gorgeous Mute Swans in this fantastic low natural light hmmm my preferred lighting!, superb sharpness with fine detail, i just love the rich natural colours, great effort here Ivan and very well done,
Best Regards,


PS Thanks again for your comment on my last entry,

wow, very beautiful picture for two beautiful and elegant subject, congrats Ivan !

ciao, tino

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-30 6:04]

Hello Ivan,
the swans are really pretty and their gestures are very subtle and full of love. The reflection too is excellently shown. We seldom have theses swans, so it is very pretty to to look at.


Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful picture of the Mute Swan, very good sharpness and fantastic colours, point of view and composition are excellent
Best regards

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