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Another from a year or so back before my wee boy came along. I don't do much wildlife photography but this is one of the better ones.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 Mar 2011 - 9:19 AM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:-4/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Yewbarrow Swan
Username:robs robs
Uploaded:10 Apr 2012 - 10:00 PM
Tags:Coniston, Cumbria, England, Lake district, Little langdale, Swan, Uk, Wildlife / nature, Yewbarrow Tarn
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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 10:06 PM

A great peaceful image! Glad your back to add to your very impressive portfolioSmile

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thatmanbrian
10 Apr 2012 - 10:13 PM

The warmth lifts it from the standard swan shot. Nice.

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MattB1987
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10 Apr 2012 - 10:19 PM

Very nice, the golden tones are beautiful!
Matt

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Jodyw17
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10 Apr 2012 - 10:20 PM

Fantastic image, colouring of the water really makes this photo

Jody

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 10:39 PM

TGrinhe golden light does make it stand out from your average swan shots.Kate

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banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2830 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 10:44 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Beautiful scene, gorgeous light and colour, however the Swan is quite overexposed on one side. partly the light, and partly light reflected from the water. You can recover some detail with the highlight tool is CS, as Ive done in the mod.

Yoy can add canvas to place the Swan on a third, with just a few minutes work, extending canvas and filling with the background. This improves the composition even more.



Hope this is helpful,




regards



Willie

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robs
robs  11660 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 11:02 PM

Willie - cheers.

I think it is my laptop screen, doesn't look too over on this (still seeing definition in terms of shape to the highlight side). Teach me really - I should be working on photographs on the desktop, but just too lazy to turn it on tonight!

Nice work on the mod too, thanks!

I am just gutted that I lost the original RAW file in a massive hard disk failure at the start of the year as there was a lot more information in that file that I could have drawn on.

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 12:13 AM

Great capture.
Matt

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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 9:24 AM

Hi Rob,

Nice shot with the swan looking to one side as if facing the sun and feeling the warmth. Sometimes white feathers and bright sunlight do leave you much detail as you know but if your shooting in RAW, and your camera as the capability, you can gain a little back. I've opened you image into RAW and while holding down the "Alt" key click on the "recovery" slider, your image will turn black except for the area's that need attention these will be bright colours. Keeping the "Alt" button pressed adjust the slider until these areas have also turned black, of course you will never recover a full in the face sun, this also works on a similar basis with the black slider. If you have this option it is far better than using the "Shadow/Highlights.

Take care
Martin

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thatmanbrian
11 Apr 2012 - 1:08 PM

I take swan pictures in RAW on my 7D and despite over exposing by 1 or 2 stops, always have difficulty getting detail in those oh so white feathers! The problem for me, even with LR4's new processing, is that getting the detail back means loosing punch in the rest of the shot as you have to push the recover highlights slider all the way over and often the whites and the highlights too. So I end up going into Photoshop and fiddling there. But it's a lot of effort!

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Goggz
Goggz e2 Member 72301 forum postsGoggz vcard Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 5:32 PM

Grandad - eggs, eh Wink

Lovely shot mate! interesting reading you going all Nikon! If my D3 is anything to go by the whole swan would be overexposed Wink

But that's prolly me, not the camera... having said that I'd expect the Active D-lighting to be really good on the 800, as there is a very noticeable capability jump between the D3 & D5k I've got. Shame it wasn't the other way round...

Cheers amigo!
Goggz

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robs
robs  11660 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 8:06 PM

Goggz, I didn't want to say mate Wink

Been wanting to go Nikon for years so really looking forward to making the jump. Think it was your 14-24 that broke me completely, it was just a matter of waiting for the right camera to come along after seeing that beast!

Martin - you say opening and working on it in RAW, do you mean in Photoshop (ACR), Lightroom or something else. Sounds an interesting technique that is worthy of further investigation.

Cheers

Rob

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