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Proud Parent of Three
Proud Parent of Three

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Challenge: Threes (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: May 29, 2004
Aperture: f5.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2004

Half of a Pair of Trumpeter Swans and Its Brood, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Trumpeter swans, natives of North America, are an endangered species but are coming back because of successful breeding and release programs. These swans are models of fidelity - they are monogamous and mate for life!

Tech: contrast masking, autolevels, contrast/brightness, cloning out a blade of grass, saturation, resizing, unsharp mask.

Place: 31 out of 205
Avg (all users): 6.2108
Avg (commenters): 7.3000
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Avg (non-participants): 6.6812
Views since voting: 857
Votes: 185
Comments: 11
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06/10/2004 06:59:40 AM
Critique Club:

This is a nice shot, you've captured a nice moment of these three ducklings.
Swans are always very tricky subjects to expose for, highlight detail is the thing to aim for, while keeping detail in the beak and here the highlights are overexposed. It's a shame you couldn't get a light area behind the swan's beak so we could see it's face better.
I'm not convinced by the centered composition... everything needs to be higher or lower in the frame. The middle just doesn't work for me. Also, other points of interest such as the swan's face and the duckling on the right are far too near the edge of the frame.
The textures, colours and shapes in the water are lovely, I think you could have made more of this.
In conclusion, a wonderfully timed shot that captured a nice 'family' moment, but more thought needs to be put into composition.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/04/2004 12:13:34 AM
What makes this a notch above run-of-the-mill is not just the beautiful exposure and detail on the birds feathers (particulalry the cygnets downiness) but the wonderful attitude the cygnet that is off on its own is displaying. He's the bad boy of the trio. Just look how well behaved the other two are being! Really cute in a natural way.
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06/03/2004 05:46:43 PM
GORGEOUS photo!! great colours, exquisite detail, beautiful composition.. the only suggestion i can make is to either cut off the top part of the photo where the water turns greener, to keep the photo consistent, or to recompose the photo with the birds at the very bottom and nothing but water above them, just to make it a bit more unusual
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06/03/2004 01:28:45 PM
Very good shot- one of the better entries. Looks like you had to zoom/crop quite a bit. Considering the generally dull colors, this might have been a good candidate for B&W, sepia or similar colorization.
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06/03/2004 11:31:20 AM
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06/01/2004 04:37:55 PM
Really nice shot...9
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06/01/2004 04:04:49 PM
Exceptional capture. Excellent color and compostion.
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06/01/2004 02:25:02 AM
Adorable photo and you managed to capture it with great clarity. Nice job!
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05/31/2004 11:21:18 AM
Sweet shot - swans are so lovely. I like the reflected colors in the water. I wish the cignets had posed a bit less radomly for you, but what can you do!
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05/31/2004 06:58:32 AM
And they called them ugly ducklings. To cute!
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05/31/2004 01:06:06 AM
I don' tnow if it was intended, but the first 3 I saw was the arch of the swan's neck and back.

Then I noticed the little ones. Nice shot. 7.
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