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I was at fariburn ings not really paying much attention to the birds (odd as it's bird sanctuary) but looking to get Ferrybridge's steam clounds reflected in the water.

I had the 17-40 on at 17mm, polariser and an ND grad and getting a decent effect, when I heard some flapping to my right

I turned and saw this swan hacing a flap, so grabbed a few shots without changing a thing on the camera...

not ideal, 1/30th sec, F11 etc... but the result was that I got a swan shot that I think is quite different to the usual fodder you see.

It's dirty, dark, overcast and with it being just a tiny part of the frame, it still seems to dominate. Probably the reflection?

Probably my first ever swan shot on here...

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 17-40 F4 L
Recording media:640 RAW
Title:A Swan and a Rock
Username:ade_mcfade ade_mcfade
Uploaded:22 Mar 2007 - 7:24 PM
Tags:Dinner, Dull, Fairburn, Fairburn ings, Ferrybridge, Landscape / travel, Overcast, Swan, Wildlife / nature, Yorkshire
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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 72322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 7:24 PM

What a great shot Ade.excellent timing and detail.
Tom.

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lullphotography

Excellent image! Not one that anyone can repeat, look after it!

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014554 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 7:26 PM

lucky timing and a good lens I think Tom Smile

Cheers mate

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John_Duckett
22 Mar 2007 - 7:26 PM

Amazing capture

John

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garymc
garymc  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 7:27 PM

i like the red contrasting with the rest of the shot. good exposure and movement in the swan.

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Rachy1821
Rachy1821  7 England
22 Mar 2007 - 7:27 PM

Great shot, good timing!!

Rachel

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014554 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 7:32 PM

that's broken bricks believe it or not - didn't see them till I turned the polariser either Smile

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conrad
conrad e2 Member 910870 forum postsconrad vcard 116 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 7:35 PM

Different than usual indeed - great opportunity, and you made excellent use of it!

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 7:46 PM

No, not ideal, but still a great grab shot mate ... that little bit of movement helps.

Paul

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petra16  8169 forum posts Scotland
22 Mar 2007 - 7:50 PM

It works for me, great movement and grab shot

petra

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scott_jessuk
22 Mar 2007 - 8:11 PM

Nice one Ade, impressive speed to catch this beauty. Excellent.

Scott

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Tandberg
Tandberg  101218 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 8:12 PM

Looks like its coming to kick your BUTT ade LOL...
Like it mate
Ok it dark n dirty but thats life..
Dave

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bfgstew  7668 forum posts England105 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 8:21 PM

Teriffic shot, one to be proud of.
Stew

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ESP
ESP  726 forum posts England
22 Mar 2007 - 8:32 PM

Such an original shot !

Fantastic image and composition

First class !!

Click

Sara

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Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 8:36 PM

this just might be one of your best for a while - and that's saying summat, if I may be so bold Mr W






CLIX

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juldon
juldon  1078 forum posts England
22 Mar 2007 - 8:46 PM

Great stuff Ade, I can just see you picking up the tripod and running lol......

Julie

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Nic_WA
Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 9:19 PM

That's one helluva grab shot!

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Deego  727 forum posts
22 Mar 2007 - 9:28 PM

Fantastic shot . I thought this would have done better

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Declanworld
22 Mar 2007 - 10:15 PM

A great moment composed and shot.

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Loupix
Loupix  880 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 10:53 PM

fantastic shot, the scene alone is great, and with the swan doing its thing, well.

ReasSmile

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steve allsopp
22 Mar 2007 - 11:03 PM

outstanding shot ade, very classy
steve

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014554 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 11:13 PM

Cheers everyone

this is as close to wildlife and bird shots as you'll get me Smile

I'm a wide angled mutha after all, kinda suits the old swans in a way.

I've a bad back so was handholding rather than using a low tripod... there's a first for everythning..

you can get good results at 1/30th @ ISO 640 with a 5D, it's very forgiving thankfully. Did some of Ferrybridge and added lots of grain for effect. it's the future!

Tony - I'm with you, I got more of a buzz from this than many of the more normal mcfade stuff. There is something about opportunism when it actually comes off. A quntessence that's hard to pinpoint.

ta again and good night

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rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2007 - 11:16 PM

Great moment, superbly taken. A feeling for nature Adrian. Ron.

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Billlee
Billlee  75525 forum posts England
23 Mar 2007 - 1:58 PM

That's a cracker Ade, great timing! Bill.

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