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"On Golden Pond"

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Copyright: Jorge Chemas (jchemas) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, uv haze
Exposure: f/16, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-30 23:14
Viewed: 5528
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I could not resist posting this picture.
It was taken on an outing my wife and I did last Sunday to a park right next to a water reservoir for the town of Howard up north in the State of New Jersey. The light was so beautiful reflecting the brown vegetation on the water and giving the water a golden look.

Swans are very elegant birds that glide across the water with their long necks stylishly arched.
Since ancient times and in many countries the swan has been a symbol of gracefulness and a favorite motif for music, art, literature and legends In Greek mythology, Zeus in the form of a swan courted Leda and fathered Apollo. They have been material for myths and legends since storytelling began.
The swan is one of the heaviest flying birds, and it weight goes up to 17 kg (38 lb). The young swans in this shot are about 5 Months old, and as you can see the white Feathers are starting to show through.

Swans take off by running across the water as fast as they can with their wings flapping. Once airborne they can reach speeds of up to 55mph.
When swans come into land on water the feet behave like water-skis and enable the swan to glide gently to a halt (a much more elegant procedure than take-off).
The V-shaped formation adopted by swans flying in groups is called a 'wedge'.
I still remember the fact that not too many years ego, to find a swan anywhere in a body of water in the State of New Jersey, was a very happy occasion but now the happy thing is to see them back everywhere.

This family of swans in the picture belongs to the Trumpeter Swan family, (Cygnus buccinator) and it is the North American species very similar to the Whooper Swan. Swans that as the American cousins were hunted almost to extinction but now these species are in the way to recovery.


Thanks for visiting me and thanks in advance for your comments/critiques


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JC, I love it.
The colours are superb, and those beautiful fluffy swans are displayed so well. Good job, TFS

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-01 0:44]
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It is a beautiful scene with great light and reflections producing hues that contrast very well with the white swans. Excellent composition and POV.

Hello Jorge,
A very well composed presentation!
Wonderful details, and the colours are very eye-catching...
The different poses of the birds add excitement!
Pablo -

Preciosa imagen Jorge. Hermosos los reflejos dorados.
Buenos los detalles y estupenda composición amigo. Muchos saludos, JL.

great pic, I would crop it, especially in the lower part, and would not use any frame. Look at the workshop I submitted. TFS Ori

Deliziosa foto, Jorge!
Bella foto di famiglia dei cigni.

Ciao e grazie.

Hi Jorge,
Superbly capturing this group of trumpeter swan. Amazing shot. Very aesthetic image, full of reflecting light from wavy water surface. Colors are very nice.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-01 4:52]
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Another superb capture with this superb family gathering! ;)
The perfect exposure here made all these natural colors and reflection look amazing.
Also the details are excellent due to the very good choice of DOF and the POV is great.
Very beautiful composition and framing, too.

Bravo and TFS

Nice shot, JC.
Lovely landscape with birds.

Hello Jorge,
wonderful shot, this is a lovely picture. Very good POV, DOF and sharpness. Very nice colours and great composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-01 7:28]

Hello Jorge,
you right the setting is irresistable. Wonderful lighting and the colors are amaing. A wonderful scene very well captured.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-01 7:46]
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Beautiful capture with appropriate title, Jorge!
Nothing wrong with the sharpness composition and natural colours.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-01 8:05]
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Hola Jorge,
Agradable imagen de estos cisnes y espectaculares tonos dorados en el agua. Bella imagen que respira calma y armonía.
Un saludo, José M.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-01 8:09]
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Una bella composición Jorge, con cálidos tonos, aprovechando una maravillosa reflexión que brinda ese colorido sobre la superficie del agua.
buen foco y control de la luz, sin sobre exposición evidente.
Me gusta el encuadre que elegiste, pero debo decirte que el marco no beneficia la belleza de la imagen.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Hi Jorge,
Very nice picture whit pretty colours and good reflection.
Good shot..!
Well done,

Hi Jorge

Magnificent shot. I love the brassy coloured liquid metal they are swimming on and the exposure on the white is perfect. A most stunning shot indeed. Into my favourites it goes. Congratulations!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-02 13:33]

Fantastic shot Jorge , Great colours reflectie compositie i like it ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-02 16:10]

Belle lumière et superbe composition.

Merci Jorge!

good idea for the title and it is golden indeed! The swans are beautiful and love the water reflections...great shot and great info! TFS
Donna :o)

thanks for your comment on my photo "December Storm -3 " :o)

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