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CYGNUS OLOR is Binomial Name for a MUTE SWAN and thus the title says it all.

Captured in RAW fixed the COLOUR BALANCE in Camera-in-the-RAW and then resized to 600 x 401 px, and lastly applied the UNSHARP MASK till it looked right to me.

Brand:Pentax Corporation
Camera:Pentax *ist DL2 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:smc PENTAX-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:21 Apr 2013 - 9:55 AM
Focal Length:73mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:CYGNUS OLOR DRINKING WATER AT BAYFRONT PARK 04
Username:TimothyDMorton TimothyDMorton
Uploaded:26 Apr 2013 - 1:09 AM
Tags:Bayfront park, Canada, CYGNUS OLOR (MUTE SWAN) DRINKING WATER, Hamilton, Lake ontario, Ontario, Wildlife / nature
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debu
debu  4 India
26 Apr 2013 - 1:10 AM

Lovely image.
debu

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26 Apr 2013 - 10:05 AM

A very calming image Timothy

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Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 1:31 PM

Hi Timothy, I like the colours and the composition is ok, however the main body of the bird shows areas of being blown and generally over exposed. As you probably already know Swans and other white birds can be very difficult to photograph in bright sunlight, this has not been helped by using the multi-segment metering mode, try using spot or centre weighted metering. This could make the water appear dark which could be remedied in post production. Another option would be to use a negative EV value. Whatever method you use can be checked in camera using the highlight indicator when reviewing the shot after taking the image.

Trev

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Diggeo
Diggeo e2 Member 1Diggeo vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 4:08 PM

Hallo Timothy,
I like this image. There are nice colors and reflections to make it interesting.
I'm not sure about those woods in the foreground. I would have removed at least the ones in the right side and the one in the left, which are out of focus, but quite bright to attract my view out of the main theme.
The swan is overexposed, but since you shoot in RAW, I think you can fix it. Just open again the RAW file and save another variation underexposured by 2 stops. Then you can blend them in photoshop.
All the best,
George

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7439 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1027 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 9:37 PM

You've shot in Raw, you should be able to retrieve a lot more detail from the swan which, as mentioned above, is overexposed. Try various possibilities - reduce exposure by a stop, maybe more; reduce brightness; see what the recovery slider does. Try these in combination.
I'll have a go at darkening highlights, without access to the Raw file the options are more limited...
I rather like the foreground reeds by the way, they give a sense of here/there. Depth, distance.
Moira

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7439 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1027 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 9:43 PM

I've uploaded a Mod. I darkened highlights by 50% (which I think is the second highest setting I've ever used!), tweaked in Levels and reduced brightness a bit. Took about 30 seconds. Even in the compressed jpeg there is a lot more detail available. There will be much more in the Raw file - there's no point in shooting in Raw if you don't use the data it gives you.
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paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom855 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 7:27 AM

A touich over exposed this time with feather detail loss. Those reed stems are a distraction again.

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