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Good Morning,

Another from Chilham Lake, the swans were very happy to come close and get photographed.Mari had this one two feet from her lens . There are plenty of these beautiful birds and there not alone there are all sorts here and a place I will happily go again and again, as Jimv said in his comment on yesterdays upload "Are you saying this is a man-made lake Colin? If it is we've finally done something that almost outdoes nature itself," He is not wrong. More to come from this 26 acre man made quarry filled lake Smile

I suggest large for a larger view Smile and for window users f11 and ctrl+ ..... for mac user large and cmd+

Many thanks for the comment and votes on Chilham Lake Reflections,and indeed a few other images , all votes and constructive comment are gratefully received and truly appreciated. Colin and Mari

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Lens:sigma 70 - 300 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Swan @ Chilham
Username:colmar colmar
Uploaded:4 Mar 2010 - 12:01 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 12:06 AM

morning colin
brilliant light and wondeful detail love the water droplets a beautiful capture nice one Wink
andy

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kilo363
kilo363  4 Scotland
4 Mar 2010 - 12:08 AM

loads of great detail in this Smile Nice one

Bed time nanite Smile

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LindaPellingPhotography

They are such beautiful birds and you have a great shot here Smile
Linda

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 12:11 AM

Morning colin

Stunning sharp detailed image..very well taken .
saeid

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 12:18 AM

I used a swan neck tool when I was serving my apprenticeship while doing a bit of wood turning !! I don't think your one here wood be up to THAT job Colin !! Good take.Like the water droplet.And I had a few sweat droplets coming of my forehead during my apprenticeship,I can tell you !!
Mick.

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 12:39 AM

What a great shot of this swan Colin.
Bob

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 12:42 AM

A wonderful swan portrait!
Jennn

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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9884 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 1:05 AM

a wonderful shot super detail and water droplets
Neil

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 1:25 AM

Morning Colin, this is excellent, wonderful detail and light, beautifully taken.

Hugh

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heids
heids  5 Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 1:29 AM

Stunning close up. Fantastic detail.

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danvan
danvan  9
4 Mar 2010 - 6:13 AM

Great shot

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 6:14 AM

A super close-up, Colin, love the water droplets. Carol

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 8:13 AM

Very lovely. Really like those water droplets.

Ann

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 8:25 AM

Lovely detail, love the water droplets. Thanks for your good wishes for Tabitha.
Barbara

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 8:37 AM


Quote: the swans were very happy to come close and get photographed

I think they'd rather had a bite...
Lovely one, like all those little drops along its neck
Johanna

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 8:40 AM

I like the detail of the water drops too

Linda

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
4 Mar 2010 - 8:42 AM

Great colours, love the water droplets, haven't been here for years, must visit soon
Well done Mari

Nicky Smile

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 9:26 AM

Love the water droplets here, (think she is a she!) looks like she has been diving for a reed root or two! Mari, you have a lot of detail in this and like the deep blue as bg
Lillian

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luckybry
luckybry e2 Member 4luckybry vcard Scotland
4 Mar 2010 - 9:27 AM

nice colours and details swan looks realy good against the dark blue background of the water
bryan

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 9:32 AM

Beautifully taken, against a very satisfying background. Clever use of the lens to get that soft diagonal texture.
Moira

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HobbitDave
4 Mar 2010 - 10:16 AM

Lovely detailed swan portrait. I like the water droplets too.
Dave.

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wideangler
4 Mar 2010 - 10:17 AM

Great portrait. Delightful.

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Canadiann
Canadiann  4 Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 11:17 AM

Beautiful shot and yes love the water droplets too. A fine display of you handy work. A really nice close up.
Regards
Ann

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photophantom
4 Mar 2010 - 11:58 AM

magnificent
dennis

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 12:07 PM

Beautiful detail and colour. You'v got the look!!
Carol

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johnjones
johnjones  4 England
4 Mar 2010 - 12:29 PM

nice detail and colour in this one
jj

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Petro_Conradie
4 Mar 2010 - 12:56 PM

Amazing detail, beautiful capture
P

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agingrocker
agingrocker e2 Member 5agingrocker vcard 1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 1:11 PM

I love the detail in this and the use of shadow really enhances the shot for me.
Antony

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 - 1:20 PM

A fabulous shot, Colon/Mari, cracking details captured.
Roy

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 2:52 PM

Looking forward to more, Colin. So cool how close you can get to these fellas!

A Smile

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Evgenya
Evgenya  4 Russian Federation
4 Mar 2010 - 4:11 PM

Wonderful swan! Beautiful detail and colour, Colin and Mari.
Evgenya

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digital_boi
4 Mar 2010 - 4:16 PM

has a coy/shyness look well captured

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RichPitman
4 Mar 2010 - 4:26 PM

Lovely capture. Like the shadow. Smile

Rich

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borrower
borrower  5 England
4 Mar 2010 - 5:16 PM

Excellent portrait, super detail viewed large, wonderful colour.
Louise

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Amanita05
Amanita05  4 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 - 5:19 PM

Really Stands out against the blue Water Colin!!
Nice Portrait!!

Alan.

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Adderwatcher
4 Mar 2010 - 5:21 PM

Beautiful detailed image, well taken Mari.
Scott

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 5:22 PM

Excellent capture,Mari.Beautiful colour and detail.
xiaoli

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 5:54 PM

Great closeup portrait and details and love the droplets
Tim

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AileenP  4 Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 6:09 PM

Beautiful shot, lovely detail.
Aileen

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Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 6:15 PM

Great shot Mari. Stunning colour.
Ray

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nishad1994
4 Mar 2010 - 6:44 PM

Lovely !! Nice capture ....... Smile

Nishad

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unicorn17  6 Scotland
4 Mar 2010 - 7:07 PM

great detail. gill

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 7:19 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Sorry Colin and Mari but I read through all the comments and all have said how wonderful this is and passing the time of day as if it is a coffee morning chat rather than a Photographic Website.
The drops of water on the head are the only thing going for this, the neck whites are totally blown at the back and the main point of interest, the eye is bland with no highlight, also the dof lacks with an out of focus bill which should be showing the water drop on the end as sharp as a pin as that is where the eye is drawn to.
I have to be honest here and cannot understand how this has so many votes.
Sorry but I have to be honest.
Richard

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Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 7:25 PM

I certainly like this shot.

Rock

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 7:30 PM

I would like to say great shot Colin especially when you are so very supportive of my images but this time the back of the head is blown (by now you will have noted Richard's comment I need not go on about it) you have a great b/g and water droplets to, you do need to mind the sun or using flash but I guess you will have realised this - sorry I hate criticising and wish I could be more positive.

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stephenscott
4 Mar 2010 - 7:52 PM

Very nice shot colin,nice light and superb detailed captured..

Steve..

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Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 8:35 PM

Lovely shot Colin - the look in his eye says it all. Great droplets too - finishes the capture off beautifully. Sue

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bromley-smith
4 Mar 2010 - 8:55 PM

Excellent detail.
Tony

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
4 Mar 2010 - 9:19 PM

Super detail and light.

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Dave_Holdham
4 Mar 2010 - 9:25 PM

Superb capture, wonderful detail

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 9:27 PM

Nicely detailed shot,well captured..............

Tony.

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Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 10:05 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Colin I'm afraid I'm going against the flow of comments as well - unfortunately the whites / higlights is blown on this shot - they are attractive birds but on a bright day you have to compensate for exposure, as for the crop may I suggest next time you go try a side on capture & crop to the rule of thirds with a highlight in the eye - so important in bird photography, sorry this is meant as advise and not critism - Ina

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 10:19 PM

All comments have been taken appropriately and indeed as I have said many times am not a bird photographer I and indeed Mari take images for our enjoyment etc.... so yes all comment above duly noted and of course all comment wil be acted upon through the fullness of time. Thanks to you all Colin

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2010 - 10:24 PM

I think Gezina is right about the blown highlights Colin, but I like the framing..

Bernie

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galumphing
5 Mar 2010 - 2:59 AM

Super portrait!
Back next week.
H.

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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2010 - 3:49 AM

Wonderful macro shot Colin, kudos to Mari - next time get him to wink, that might satisfy the critics Smile
Rgds., Jim

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2010 - 2:30 PM

This is beautiful, such a typical swan pose and i love it, the detail is fantastic!! x x

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