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I am old but pretty !

I am old but pretty !
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon IXUS 400, Canon 36-108mm équiv
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-09 1:19
Viewed: 3861
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Mute swan - Scientific name : Cygnus olor - Family : Anatidae.
Description : Mute swans are large birds, measuring 120 to 150 cm. The wingspan is 2 to 2.5 meters. The two sexes are alike in appearance, except that males are generally larger than females. The plumage is white. They are best distinguished from North American swans by the knob at the base of the upper bill, and the color of the bill itself, which is orange, with the tip and base colored black. The head and neck may sometimes be stained brown from water and mud containing iron.
Reproduction : Adults are not paired for life, contrary to the stereotype of the 'pining swan' who has lost its mate. In fact, some have been observed to have as many as four mates, or even 'divorce' one mate in favor of another. However, established pairs are more successful breeders than non-established pairs and mute swans do form monogamous pairs for at least a season.
Photo : Slightly cropped, resized and framed in 800x600 for TN. Canon IXUS400. Focal lens 108mm. Exposure f4,9. Speed 1/500s. No flash. Handheld. Along Annecy lake a sunny Sunday...
Note : This swan is the male of an old couple who stay at my village beach... I liked the position which it took by leaning its head on side to look at me and I tried to capture this delicious moment for sharing it with you...

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-09 2:48]

Hi Christian!

Excellent work! What a pretty face! Perfect exposure, saturated colours, nice light. Very good portrait of this royal bird.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-09 3:01]

The eye contact on that swan is wonderful, Christian. The sharpness of the details is very impressive. I like the sharp contrast of the white against the deep blue. Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Christian

What a look! This is a wonderful capture. The pose is excellent showing good eye contact. You have managed the whites perfectly. Congrats.

Christian, that´s an exellent portrait shot - very clear and colourful. Fantastic composition with great details. Superb colors and lighting. Thanks for posting.

Hi Christian.
It's a beautiful mute you have caught. Good details, nuce colours and well composed. I like the POV too. IMO slightly OE.
Very well done.

I had plans to post a similar today;-))

Hello Taz, Very good color, detail and POV here. Excellent portrait closeup. Well done..
Thank you.

Hi Christian,
A superb portrait on this Mute Swan. The composition and framing are perfect. Colors are beautiful, and detail in the whites is excellent.
Great notes to go along with this great shot.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-09 10:37]

Hello Christian!
Wonderful portrait.Vivid colors,POV,details on white feathers,framing,lighting and compositiona are excellent.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-09 11:19]

Christian, vivid colors, great contrast.

The bird seems to be smiling - and that's very nice.

Excellent exposure, sharpness and pov.

Lovely shot Christian!
Colours are great, POV and composition perfect.
The feathers are slightly burned, but you can hardly ever find a photo of swan with perfect exposure. This one is very good.
I like the photo very much.

Well captured Christian,
Good detail, colour and look in the swans eye.
Great colours, good exposure and composition.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-11-09 15:59]

Salut Christian
C'est sympa que tu as pu poster ce beau cygne. Magnifiques couleurs, jolie position de sa tête et j'aime bien les goutelettes d'eau sur ses plumes.
Salutations Toni

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-11-09 18:09]

Hi Christian,

I like this pose, coy look. Excellent composition and details.


What a lovely and demure pose this swan has for you, Christian!

Superb details, colors, lighting, and POV and eye connection.

I especially like the sharpness of the water drops on this wonderful portrait.

Well done and thank you.

Sorry Christian,

Another beautiful swan that I've missed for the swan day, as you were the first on to post 1/4 swan pics on november 9 :-)

La pose est superbe, on dirait même que le cygne te fait la cour !!!

Hi Taz, you and Gert have both posted great Mute Swan photos. Excellent capture, and the swan contrasts so well with the wonderful blue water of Lake Annecy.
Did I tell you that my son named his boat after Annecy? We all had a wonderful holiday there, and he and his wife have stayed there a few times now.

Very nice capture Christian, lovely details and good control on the whites. Very nice composition. Well done.

What a pose!!!Great light and tones, beautifully captured...

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-10 23:35]

Appréciation personnelle pour la photo: très bonne.
Pouvoir d'évocation en moi: fort.
Très bon impact visuel.
Pertinence de la photo pour le site: excellente.
Appréciation personnelle pour la note: complète.
Merci Christian.

Nice close up, good detail and well exposed.


Hello Christian, I hoope your renovation is going on well! This is a very nice classic portrait. Great exposure of the difficult white areas and nice contrast with the deep-blue water. Overall a superb shot!
TFS and best greetings!

Wonderful expression on the old swan and beautiful light as well. Great detail without blowing out the highlights.

The White contrasting the dark blue makes this special. Very nice capture, Christian.

How's this with the house and the health comming? All ok I hope?

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-19 4:18]

Good portrait Christian. Composition is great and the details are sharp. I love the waterdroplets on the feathers. Wonderful light. Well done & TFS!


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-11-20 4:56]

Christian bonjour, il n'a pas l'air commode ce gros volatil !! il est vieux !! La couleur blanche est magnifique de se detache super bien sur le bleu de l'eau. Trés bien réalisé. Félicitations Didier.

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-01-23 10:27]

Super shot - such good contrast in the blue and white. Lovely capture. TFS


Excellent Portrait. The details shown are excellent. Your POV, BG, Lighting and sharpness make for an excellent pic.

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