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Reflected Swan's Thirst
Reflected Swan's Thirst
SoulMan1978


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Challenge: ABC...LMN...XYZ (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100K
Lens: Sony 75-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
Location: Embankment of River Nene, Peterborough
Date: May 8, 2008
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400 secs
Galleries: Nature, Water
Date Uploaded: May 11, 2008

There's a bit of a story behind this picture hehe

When I was going through my shots for April looking to see if I had any decent shots for the Free Study, I came across an outtake where the swan had just poked its head into the water, and the shape of his head and the reflection made a great triangle shape. I don't have the shot to hand, but will post it later.

This was shortly after the triangle composition challenge was announced and an idea immediately popped in my head - I must try and get another shot like that! Unfortunately, time and swans didn't co-operate, but I managed to think of a title that would let me crowbar it in to this challenge :-)

This shot isn't quite the shot I had in mind, and I wonder if someone will say it doesn't quite communicate "thirst" - it's not drinking but dunking its head in the water, which was what I was trying for. Still, after I saw this shot I'd captured, I liked the splash and it stayed :-)

What I learned from all of this process - swans are un-coperative little so-and-sos when you want them to do a prticular thing grrrr :-(

Statistics
Place: 40 out of 194
Avg (all users): 6.2292
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0571
Avg (non-participants): 6.3919
Views since voting: 1334
Views during voting: 246
Votes: 144
Comments: 10
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08/13/2009 10:42:59 PM
Wow! This is beautiful.
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05/24/2008 02:16:57 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

A great, well timed capture. You went in a little too tight as there isn't a lot of room above the neck and the head in the reflection has been lopped off.

Nice high shutter speed to stop the motion. Its too bad that where the neck meets the head wasn't a bit sharper but it doesn't look like a focus problem since pretty everything else in the scene is in good focus.

The composition works well as the body , the neck and the ripples in the water create leading lines that move the eye to where the action is.

The color are nicely saturated without being taken too far.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2008 12:32:41 PM
wow. very nice
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05/14/2008 12:35:22 PM
My favorite so far, great shot, this is certainly top 10.
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05/14/2008 03:13:15 AM
Composition: 6 - Technical: 7 - Creativity: 6 - Appeal: 6 - Challenge: 6 - Overall Calculated Average Score: 6
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05/13/2008 11:24:57 AM
very beautiful! I see a heart-like shape in the curve of the neck and the bird delving into the water ! :) lovely image overall! :)
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05/13/2008 03:32:47 AM
Your composition and crop add lots to this gorgeous image! Nice capture.
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05/12/2008 10:59:50 AM
Great detail in your image. My favorite part of your image is the lower left corner and the reflections.
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05/12/2008 06:17:17 AM
Sharpness and colour are good. a couple of hundredths of a second earlier would have made this a great photo.
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05/12/2008 12:24:42 AM
wow, you really stopped the action here...nice shot! 7
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