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Breaking the Ice

Breaking the Ice
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-14 10:06
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Points: 36
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Mute Swan - Cygnus olor

This is the same couple of Mute Swans as Ivan (argus) posted recently but taken from a lower and closer POV with a compact camera. There was a thin layer of ice after a cold night and the couple had made their own way to shallow water in order to feed on the bottom vegetation. They’re a very common sight here in the City of Kalmar where there are plenty of inlets of water and ponds along the coast.

This was taken from a distance of about 5 metres and it has been slightly cropped and sharpened.

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Hi Ulla,
nice photo of these swans. AMazing colours. Very good composition. Perfect sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Ulla
This is such a lovely image with beautiful colours and a peaceful atmosphere that surrounds it. The vivid colours in the whole image is striking. It is wonderful to see how the natural sunlight brings out everything to the best. The water droplet falling from the Swan's beak is an extra bonus to an already delightful image. Thanks for sharing, the image. Best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-14 13:15]

Hello Ulla,
A lovely capture of these two nice looking swans. Excellent composition and details with very good lighting. Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ulla. Very well done this dephting and shapened capture. Excellent contrast and fantastic light. Best regards.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-14 15:53]

Hi Ulla,it's very nice to see finally a winter situation..ehehe..beautiful capture on the frozen water and top quality of sharpness and colors,really fantastics the light reflection on the plumage of the swan on the right.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-01-14 16:12]

Hello Ulla
Very nice capture! Thanks for sharing!

Hi Ulla,
A well done picture. I get the feeling of a peaceful day. The pair is enjoying the warm sunlight. TFS,

Beautiful birds and great photo Ulla! The composition is excellent! The lighting and the colours are fantastic! Very good sharpness too!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-15 0:01]

Hello Ulla,
Very beautiful photo in splendid light and colours. The poses are gorgeous, great timing. Excellent sharpness, details, DOF and composition.

nice lighting in this beautiful image, warm colors are great!
regards Ulla

I can only guess the markedly slanting light falling on this pair of Mute Swans is a day-long phenomenon at this time of the year in Sweden, Ulla! Sorry if I sound cheeky!
The picture is, however, very attractive with the light playing a significant role in it. The blue water makes an excellent BG for the white birds.
Best regards.

Beautiful light catching the swans, perfectly focused with excellent detail. Nicely composed with good poses. Lovely colours of the water surface, nicely contrasting with those of the swans. A lovely photo.
regards yiannis

hello Ulla
very nice picture with good light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ulla, fascinating shoot with fantastic reflections, great capture of lovely couple of beautiful swans, wonderrful natural colors, fine details and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ulla

You captured this romantic couple in a very
beautiful light coming on them, with fine POV
at their level, excellent focus sharpness details,
i love each ones different pose, the reflection
on the water it is beautiful, TFS


Hard to believe so little ice and such blue skies,along with these aviaries which make a nice combo Ulla! The contrast between the waters and the feathers is superb.

Hello Ulla,
Beautiful capture of the Swans in their natural environment and movement! Excellent detail and colours against a perfect blue BG. A Photo to calm the nervous!! Well done my friend.
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-01-31 11:03]

Hi Ulla.
In last Sunday, I went with my granddaughter to the shore to picture birds in freezing sea. There were many waterfowls including swans. However, we have not seen such lovely scene as you did. Both bird are wonderful. Their poses are very nice and you have reproduced their beqauties perfectly. Vivid colours, warm sunlight give the shot special charm. Warm regards and TFS.

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