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This shot was taken at "Sant' Anton Gardens", the gardens attached to the Presidential Palace in Malta. Tagged as Pets/Captive animals as I'm not sure whether this would qualify as Wildlife/Nature instead.

I like this shot as it shows the swan in a slightly more messy stage than we usually associate swans with - typically shown in a "graceful" pose. In this shot, I love the fact that there's water dripping from the swan's mouth, and the plume isn't all clean and white as we'd imagine it to be. I sharpened the image a bit to enhance textures.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:55.0 - 250.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 130.4 - 592.9 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Sep 2012 - 7:52 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Quenched and drenched.
Username:alistairfarrugia alistairfarrugia
Uploaded:5 Sep 2012 - 5:57 PM
Tags:Pets / captive animals, Swan
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2796 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2012 - 3:18 PM

Its a nice shot, and the red areas and gree spots show a Swan at work!

You got quite close at 55mm, and your depth of field is quite shallow ( closer = shallower for a given f stop) and this works well to accentuate the detail in the head, but leavs the drops of water slightly out of focus.

if you look closely at the Swans back, you may notice that the white has a slight blue cast, and if this is corrected (a white balance error), the entire shot becomes warmer.

If you know about curves you can sort this out using this method:

http://www.dpchallenge.com/tutorial.php?TUTORIAL_ID=24


Ive uploaded a mod with this changed, lightened the blacks slightly, and sharpened the water drops only.



Hope this helps,


Regards



Willie

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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 1164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2012 - 4:52 PM

Thanks Willie, appreciate it. I was in fact quite close as the swan was in a pond, at its edge and I was almost in its face, enabling me to get the shot at 55mm (on 1.6 crop though). I like your modification as the swan's face seems to have benefitted from some sharpening as well although you don't mention it. The white balance is so much better now, thanks. Will try do some amendments on the RAW file and re-upload as a modification too.

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Jestertheclown
14 Sep 2012 - 4:56 PM


Quote: Will try do some amendments on the RAW file and re-upload as a modification too.

You can upload it as a version. It'll show at its proper size that way.

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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 1164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2012 - 5:02 PM

I have to be an e2 member for that though right?

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Jestertheclown
14 Sep 2012 - 5:27 PM

Ah! Possibly.
I'm not sure. Have you tried?

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alistairfarrugia Critique Team 1164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2012 - 5:35 PM

Yep, confirmed. Oh well will do with a modification. Don't afford membership at the moment.

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alistairfarrugia Critique Team 1164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2013 - 8:05 PM

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