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This is from Thursday night with Dave, we had a session shootig the swans at Fairburn before heading to those trees we painted.

This chap was proudly wandering around with his wings like this for a while, had to wait ages for him to have no other swans interfereing with the shot - there's lots there getting in the way.

Used the speedlite on -1 EV to fill illuminate the bird as this was facing into the sunset so it would have been very dark otherwise

200mm @ 1/200 & F4

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:80-200 F2.8L
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Alpha Male
Username:ade_mcfade ade_mcfade
Uploaded:7 May 2007 - 10:50 AM
Tags:Fairburn, Fill flash, Flash / lighting, Landscape / travel, Swan, Wi tandberg, Wide aperture, Wildlife / nature
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Goggz
Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 10:54 AM

A stunner! Definitely not to be messed with.
Shame about the catchlight in the eye though!! Wink
Goggz

Last Modified By Dave at 7 May 2007 - 10:55 AM

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Tandberg
Tandberg  111218 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 10:56 AM

Obviously not lol

I like it mate only got one or two i was happy with myself as there was just too many of the things in the way...

Lovely colour and nice n Detailed
Dave

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014816 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 10:56 AM

I lied, I think it was +1 EV

and no, not one to be messed with, though the geese are more evil - be wary of those devils!

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bannview
bannview  10 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 10:59 AM

Very nice shot - love the lighting.

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KevinMW
KevinMW  8 Wales
7 May 2007 - 11:00 AM

Great shot with great colouring and good use of the fill in flash to bring up the detail in the swan's feathers.

Kevin

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BillS
BillS  827 forum posts United Kingdom
7 May 2007 - 11:02 AM

Great colours and good DOF. Bill

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sut68
sut68 e2 Member 111997 forum postssut68 vcard England76 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 11:07 AM

What, a big 'bruiser' like yerself frightened of a lickle goose ... ya big softie.

Nice fill-in here mate, has worked well.

Paul

Last Modified By Dave at 7 May 2007 - 11:08 AM

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 11:07 AM

Super detail Ade - stunning clarity and colours.

Not sure about the title tho' - are you talking about him or you? Smile

Cheers!

Fran x

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forestrich
7 May 2007 - 11:31 AM

Wonderful light and detail. Nice work.

Rich.

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 11:35 AM

Wonderful capture; great lighting.
Rende

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Newtman
Newtman  85 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 11:43 AM

The lighting lifts this way above the ordinary swan pictures. A stunning result.

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014816 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 12:06 PM

me Fran - was subtle, but really referrring to me Smile

Paul - in Otley, a goose killed a swan last year! Made the local news ! It is very quiet round there as you may guess!

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edcat
edcat  7
7 May 2007 - 12:29 PM

well spotted and spectacular lighting

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iancatch
iancatch  7 England45 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 12:35 PM

Love the water and the pose

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dazzaman
dazzaman  8570 forum posts England
7 May 2007 - 1:54 PM

this has been lit to perfection

daz.

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RogBrown
RogBrown  73006 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 2:35 PM

Wonderful shot, beautifully lit. Best swan shot I've ever seen.
Rog

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MarkT
MarkT  9119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 2:43 PM

Nicely done, and a nice gloomy mod - can't beat-em Wink

Mark.

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mickf1
mickf1  8 England
7 May 2007 - 3:16 PM

Excellent capture, love the tones on the water.

Mick

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Anthony
Anthony  125645 forum posts Scotland17 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 3:36 PM

belter mate.

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looboss
looboss  73124 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 3:45 PM

WOW! its totally far out! Smile

Love that mod Smile

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redstag
redstag e2 Member 8100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 5:08 PM

Superbly handled shot.
Jon

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CaroleA
CaroleA  8 England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 5:10 PM

Love that golden water: great lighting, and your patience in waiting for a) a clear shot and b) a good pose paid off.

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RogBrown
RogBrown  73006 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 5:33 PM

Don't get the mod. Good shot but what's it got to do with the swan?
Rog

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014816 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 6:33 PM

it's an example of what o need to post to get an RC these days... but this seems to have drived in there so I stand corrected!

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HowardA
HowardA  7231 forum posts
7 May 2007 - 7:52 PM

Nice use of the flash - there's some excellent detail on those wings.
Howard

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RogBrown
RogBrown  73006 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2007 - 8:50 PM

Drived in there? What's that mean?
Rog

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pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1599 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2007 - 11:54 AM

Thankyou for the information, that's a great idea. I often even forget that I've GOT a flash. This is so beautiful that I am going to give it a go. The water is especially good.

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spottyman
spottyman  6 Australia
27 Jun 2008 - 9:50 AM

I like the sunset on the water hits the eyes

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