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Mute Swan
Mute Swan

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Challenge: Birds II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2008 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Fairlawn, Ohio
Date: Jan 27, 2008
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 27, 2008

Well without a monster zoom lens, I was limited this week with my Bird shots. So I went to my favorite lake in search of some water shots, and got a bit lucky with this one. She was floating around and came rather close so I could get this shot. I love how graceful and beautiful these birds are. They always seem to want to show thier beauty and there is much to show.

In 2004, a nationwide program in the United States was announced that would reduce Mute Swan populations by 85%, with the remaining swans to be pinioned, neutered and placed in parks. Although thousands protested, it was to no avail. I'm not sure if this is one of those swans, but I have seen mute swans here before. I was really glad I was able to capture this and hope others like it as well.

Shot in Raw
In Jpeg:
USM, Dodge & Burn, Brightness & Contrast, Neat Image, Channel Mixer, Hue Saturation to add Blue tone. Used Curves Layer and Layer Mask, Crop, Resize, Add Border, Save for Web.

Place: 61 out of 251
Avg (all users): 6.1610
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.9798
Avg (non-participants): 6.3302
Views since voting: 1111
Views during voting: 340
Votes: 205
Comments: 10
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/02/2008 12:08:58 PM
Hey, a B&W of a B&W swan. Good job on the exposure and contrast. focus looks good with the eyes very sharp and a nice catchlight in the eye. Compositon is a little tight and could have used a little room to the left, putting the head at the "rule of thirds" mark.
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02/01/2008 03:38:01 PM
His wings look lovely in this-nice shot
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01/31/2008 08:36:36 PM
I might prefer this with a different crop. My eye is drawn all the way to the left where the swan's eye is and out of the picture.
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01/30/2008 06:59:13 AM
The slight bluish tones suit the elegance of this bird. Perhaps not uberfine detail in the feathers, but good exposure to keep from losing the highlights and the photograph has an almost painterly feel to it.
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01/29/2008 09:25:25 PM
Good feather texture
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01/28/2008 08:48:03 PM
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01/28/2008 06:54:24 PM
a striking photograph.
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01/28/2008 03:46:02 PM
Interesting choice of black and white. Good overall composition.
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01/28/2008 02:06:57 PM
one of the best swans on here, would have like dto have seen maybe just a tad bit of colour in his beak. very well done 9
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01/28/2008 11:56:30 AM
I love the blue tones in this.
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