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This image was captured on Saturday whilst visiting Leeds Castle, a frequent port of call for me, as it a rather safe environment in which to capture as many images as I want. Furthermore there's a 'Dizzy' Bus which can take me to any point in the grounds all for free. Anyway back to this image, as you can see the weather was somewhat inclement to say the least, however it did provide me with the opportunity to get a few 'sodden' photographs such as this. "Hope you like" I was going to crop the image rather tightly and produce a letterbox format, however I decided not to, in turn retaining as much of the detail in the image as possible.

Thank you for all your most generous comments and votes following yesterdays upload 'Rochester Airport Flypast' and a special thank you goes to Lucien (ljh) and John (alsoppdigitalart) for their most welcomed and treasured UA's.

I hope that you all have a great day ahead. I on the other hand have not got a 'Scooby Doo' as to what I will get up to, however. I do know that we will be finally moving into our new home next Monday. So from that day forward I will be without telephone or internet. They reckon it will take approximately a week to get me re-connected and sorted out.

Regards Nathan.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Oct 2012 - 4:07 PM
Focal Length:170mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.7
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Sodden Journey
Username:NDODS NDODS
Uploaded:15 Oct 2012 - 7:33 AM
Tags:Leeds castle, Rain, Sleet, Snow, Washout, Water, Weather, Wildlife / nature
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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
15 Oct 2012 - 7:52 AM

Think it is perfect as it is Nathan, wonderful capture.

John

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 7:57 AM

I think in this instance it is better presented with space around the subject. A fine composition.

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 8:06 AM

Fabulous textures in the rain and the splashes in the lake. I see the swan even looks fed up with the rain. Good capture Nathan.
Ann

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CaroleS
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15 Oct 2012 - 8:08 AM

A perfect rainy image!!
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
15 Oct 2012 - 8:22 AM

You have really captured the atmosphere well - one feels sorry for the Swan Smile It is raining non stop here since about midnight so I can identify a little with you Brits Smile

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Rock
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15 Oct 2012 - 8:25 AM

Certainly persisting.

Interesting shot.

Rock

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 8:39 AM

Sodden heck you've caught the rain in great detail...............it looks like it was raining cats & dogs and Swans...............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Badgerfred
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15 Oct 2012 - 8:40 AM

Nice one Nathan, like the composition,
Fred.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 8:59 AM

A wet, but very pleasing, image, Nathan. Carol

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 - 8:59 AM

Nicely captured.
Best wishes for the move.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 9:09 AM

oh dear .... poor you moving .. my sincere thoughts are with you
love this rather wet image

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 9:24 AM

Superb shot Nathan, really sums up this lat summer :-(, hope you didn't get to wet Smile Best of luck with the move, hope it all goes smoothly

Hugh

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom998 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 9:27 AM

Unusual, beautiful, and very well thought out. A hint of movement in the rain drops, sharpness for the swan, and no background distractions.
Moira

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
15 Oct 2012 - 9:38 AM

From the thumbnail I was a bit perplexed at the size as the rain was not so apparent! but on viewing in the large format well! it's a great shot!, Nathan does it again! good for you sticking to your guns, very well done, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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JohnChambersPhotography

Enjoy your 'Scooby Doo' moment Nathan, moving house is very stressful I will keep my fingers crossed for you that all goes well, it took two weeks for them to get my internet up and running. Onward and Upward a new house a new beginning.

John

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cats_123 e2 Member 104014 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 9:53 AM

Good luck on the house move...I remember it taking BT 3 weeks to connect me....my netbook and dongle were a life saver....you still get a payg broadband dongle for around £30-£40..if you haven't already investigated GrinGrin

great `wet' shot too SmileSmile

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Dylan_755
Dylan_755  1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 - 10:14 AM

You've certainly nailed this one, the rain makes it real!

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15 Oct 2012 - 10:33 AM

Wonderful image Nathan despite the weather.

Ken

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digital_boi
15 Oct 2012 - 10:55 AM

you have captured the rain drops and splashes very will with you high shutter speed Nathan with the swand nicely placed in frame. Good luck with the house move and trust all will go well and you enjoy your new home...there were some strange men in white coats seen in the street today but glad to say the door bell did not ringTongueWink

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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15 Oct 2012 - 10:56 AM

" Raindrops keep falling on my head "Wink Excellent weather image with a natural history slant too Nathan. Another reminder about our summer.
Ron.

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Irishkate
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15 Oct 2012 - 11:12 AM

You've captured those raindrops really well and that poor desolate swan!!!
Not easy to get an image of any quality in rain -I know I've tried to get umbrella shots.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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mikbee
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15 Oct 2012 - 11:37 AM

A splendid capture with the raindrops Nathan.
And I do hope you have a hassle free house move !!
Mick.

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surfinsurveyor
15 Oct 2012 - 12:00 PM

I'm glad I clicked on 'view large' to fully appreciate this image which works wonderfully. The swan is perfectly positioned in the context of the scene and the rain is captured to great effect. Hope you have dried out by now WinkTongue

GrinGrinGrin

Keith

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15 Oct 2012 - 12:32 PM

Nice weather for ducks... or swans Grin Only a passing shower as my Dad would say Smile

Dave

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15 Oct 2012 - 1:24 PM

Beautifully taken.

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15 Oct 2012 - 1:26 PM

sums up our so called summer nathan Smile,lovely capture

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vickyf
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15 Oct 2012 - 1:51 PM

I'm glad you resisted the temptation to crop this image. The composition & rain really make the image for me.

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gwynn56
gwynn56  261 forum posts England
15 Oct 2012 - 2:15 PM

nicely captured , hope the move goes smoothly and it a fine day , Smile

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 2:19 PM

Even the swan looks a bit p****d off with the wet weather! A perfect capture of the falling rain, Nathan...and the swan too, of course! Wink
Trev Smile

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bobhowell
bobhowell e2 Member 1bobhowell vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 2:29 PM

Bet the swan had a cob on with all the rain ha ha the rain and splashed add great depth and interest. (very well taken)

Bob

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 2:40 PM

You have caught the mood and atmosphere of this scene perfectly, Nathan.

Ray

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 4:11 PM

An excellent image considering the conditions Nathan. I do hope your move goes along nicely. we did it about two months ago and it was all worth the hassle. a new beginning.

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15 Oct 2012 - 4:13 PM

A real winner for me
have my UA Nathan
Lillian

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 - 4:59 PM

The swan looks as if he have enough of the rain Nathan.Goor luck with the new hause.
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15 Oct 2012 - 5:37 PM

Poor swans getting wetSmileTongueWink great capture Nathan.
Brian

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 6:01 PM

I like your tongue in cheek title as well as the rain on this poor swan---

I hope you move goes well!

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15 Oct 2012 - 6:08 PM

Great sense of space here, Nathan. I would however consider cropping out the dark strip of the distant bank at the top. Although reducing the height, I feel it would give even more a feeling of space and emptiness...just a thought.

Good luck with the move...and a dongle is a good suggestion...

Malc

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15 Oct 2012 - 6:15 PM

The votes have really poured in for this wonderful wet weather image Nathan, I agree with Malc about cropping some off the top to remove the bank, it doesn't really add much to this shot IMHO. I'm sure you'll bump into the Lifesnapper or Sezz on one of your visits to Leeds castle, they are frequent visitors to this place. If you spot a silverhaired fox with a Canon Camera attempting to photograph attractive young ladies that will be our man the infamous and irrepressible Lifesnapper!Grin

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15 Oct 2012 - 6:25 PM

exactly right as is Nathan - it tells the story perfectly

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15 Oct 2012 - 6:46 PM

It sure did rain! You did good to catch the raindrops so well and capture the mood of a miserable day. Best of wishes for the move to your new house, trust all goes without a hitch. SmileSmile

Lavina

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 7:25 PM

Really lovely.
I think you made the right decision to show a
good wide view of the pouring rain on the water and rather
forlorn looking swan.
All the best for the house move.

B.

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15 Oct 2012 - 8:04 PM

Beautiful NathenSmile
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canonfan  4 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 - 8:28 PM

A lovely composition and well captured Nathan. I like it
Jim

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Humblebee  2 England
15 Oct 2012 - 8:46 PM

Poor bird looks quite forlorn - but a super capture all the same ... Carol Grin

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15 Oct 2012 - 9:29 PM

Superb Capture, its nice to see the raindrops too

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 10:08 PM

A lovely shot of this poor Swan in the down pour,
regards Ali

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aniamoore
aniamoore  2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 - 10:15 PM

Don't mind the rain, especially staying indoorsTongueTongueTongueTongueTongue!!!! Even better presented by you, Nathan!!!!!!!!! AniaWink

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thedon1941
15 Oct 2012 - 10:38 PM

Perfect capture Nathan. It certainly "Tells it like it was". Don

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pdcche  3 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 - 11:17 PM

Lovely comp and capture Nathan, love you caught the splashes from the rain, Peter..

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elainebaker
15 Oct 2012 - 11:59 PM

Great capture. Well done for staying out in the rain to take the picture. Elaine

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2012 - 4:29 AM

You've summed up Summer & now Autumn 2012 rather accurately! Glad you decided against cropping.

Ann

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16 Oct 2012 - 6:28 PM

Brilliant picture Nathan, something a little unusual for a Swan image, well done.

John Smile

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razorraymac e2 Member 4razorraymac vcard United Kingdom
17 Oct 2012 - 9:16 AM

This is a great capture Nathan,freezing the raindrops at 1000th of a second has made the image for me,exceptional shot, regards ray

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Jocelia
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17 Oct 2012 - 10:29 AM

A poor darling here but then feathers are waterproof.
Beautiful creature and unusual shot……

Jocelia…….

P.S. Do hope your move goes well……..

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18 Oct 2012 - 10:29 PM

This is just brilliant Nathan, a mesmerising shot.

- Robin

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21 Oct 2012 - 3:37 PM

wow love it like the rain great photo.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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