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Black swans
Black swans

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Birds (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 DC for Canon
Location: Ottawa
Date: Jun 10, 2005
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 10, 2005

These swans are protected by the City, and released into the wild every summer. They are fairly tame, but don't let you get too close.

Used NI, some cloning to remove slight distractions, and to clean up a bit, then some minor sat and contrast adjustments, cropped and saved for the web

Place: 59 out of 289
Avg (all users): 6.0588
Avg (commenters): 7.1875
Avg (participants): 5.8395
Avg (non-participants): 6.3818
Views since voting: 1552
Views during voting: 391
Votes: 272
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)

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06/20/2005 05:48:55 AM
Another shot that got hammered by the "bird headshot lovers". I had this pegged for top-10, maybe even top-5. Probably one of the best composed images of the challenge. Ignore the comments about tighter crops. It's perfect just the way it is. I can't believe the number of 5's (83!!!) that this image received. Keep up the excellent work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2005 06:31:46 AM
I like this picture alot. I like the soft backround, the clarity of the foreground and what appears to be fog on the water at lands edge.. Add in the black swans with their red bills and it adds very nicely. Caught my eye.
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06/16/2005 08:29:31 PM
Wish the birds were closer. A little more of the birds and less scenery, especially the way thay are posed.
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06/16/2005 04:34:16 PM
Very elegant, and terrific pose.
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06/16/2005 02:46:36 PM
Nice shot. 10
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06/16/2005 02:33:00 PM
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06/15/2005 09:47:17 PM
Wish the swans took up more of the image. I like the kind of heart shape they make.
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06/14/2005 12:22:11 PM
such a beautiful picture.
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06/13/2005 09:44:56 PM
How much did you pay them to pose like that? Great shot!
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06/13/2005 09:28:28 PM
Good mood in this photo
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06/13/2005 07:29:44 PM
Having been raised around fowl of all kinds (including white & black swans), I really appreciate this image. I love the way that the swans necks seem to create a natural heart. The Australian black swans' mating rituals are truly poetic in their rituals and the permutations of movement they create. The swans look like they may have been a little overprocessed (on their edges), but the clarity of the overhead leaves and the softness of the background work very well. VERY nice shot! Congrats & good luck! (8)
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06/13/2005 03:51:52 PM
you should've put a wedding-couple in front of this.. :D
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06/13/2005 11:24:01 AM
I love how they almost create a heart. Would like them zoomed in a tad more. Nice contrast. I like the softness of the background.
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06/13/2005 09:41:17 AM
I like the way their necks form a heart, I would like to maybe see them a little closer with less background, just my opinion though.
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06/13/2005 09:34:42 AM
This certainly tells a story. How romantic a setting.
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06/13/2005 07:03:13 AM
You captured this at the perfect moment! Composition is superb and colours are very good with no overbearing blown-out highlights. This is going to do very well.
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06/13/2005 12:19:15 AM
Tighter crop would have made this outstanding
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