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Cygnus Olor
Cygnus Olor

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Challenge: Light On White II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Queens Park
Date: Oct 23, 2005
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/500th
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2005

Level adjust and tight crop to fit in with the light on white "rules"

The cygnets I was photographing in the spring are now as large as the adults but still have the browny plumage (although it is slowly turning white)

There are about 15 of these huge birds in the local park and since all are looking for food they are pretty forward about asking, I was pecked a few times while trying to get close enough to the father for this shot.

Neat image to get that dreamy feel and submit


Place: 26 out of 277
Avg (all users): 5.9933
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.3451
Avg (non-participants): 6.3913
Views since voting: 1054
Views during voting: 430
Votes: 297
Comments: 12
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/21/2005 05:05:58 PM
Everytime I see this photo, it reminds me of Heaven and Angels. I love it.
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11/02/2005 01:24:06 AM
This is absolutly magnificent! I am ashamed for my fellow voters that were stupid enough to give it anything less than a 5, all 59 of them! Any that had qualms about the Light on White need to think of the reason for the exercise, which is to excellently photograph almost white (on) white without loosing form, or dulling or blowing out the brighter end of the tones. The less color the greater the challenge. You dared to shoot ALL white and did so beautifully!
Love how neat image adds a dreamy 'marble-like' feel, as sglantz put it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2005 09:33:37 PM
I don't how many will vote this down or not, but it seems like this image is more white on light rather light on white. Otherwise, a beautiful capture.
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11/01/2005 11:11:59 AM
:) Nice..7
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10/30/2005 04:51:30 PM
Beautifully done. Is it a real bird or a sculpture. The softness and highlights on the feathers gives it a marblelike quality.
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10/29/2005 12:12:28 AM
wow - this is lovely, great capture :)
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10/28/2005 09:25:23 PM
Holy COW!!! That is an amazing shot! 9
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10/28/2005 04:33:16 AM
the lovelyest shot in the challenge. if the vote disagrees they are wrong. OK ther is an annoying hot spot top center, but the rest of it has a mystical luminance that deserves recgnition.
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10/27/2005 01:00:36 PM
I love the softness and shadows of the swan's feathers..lovely and fascinating image...almost has a sculptural quality.
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10/27/2005 07:18:37 AM
7 - Wow. Whilst no expert on 'highlight control' re the Challenge, seems to me you have done very well to not 'blow' any surface, save for a few feathers top middle. Criticism; difficult, as I do like this unusual view/angle, but (and especially for the Challenge) would like to have seen more of a 'white background' (even though I know the swan itself is basically 'the background'). Just, perhaps some more 'space' somewhere, giving more perspective/depth/not sure. Of course with 'basic' little could be done about the 'fly'(?) on the back. Good and very unusual shot. Up to 7 from 6.
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10/26/2005 02:44:17 PM
the white "background" between wings and tail, is not white on this screen (usually very good), otherwise nicely done
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10/26/2005 12:44:18 AM
This is a beautiful image but I'm having a hard time fitting it into the "white BG" category.
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