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Mute Swan and cygnet. Nikon D7000 with Sigma 150-500mm zoom lens@400mm 1000sec @f7.1 ISO 250 Aperture priority Centre weighted metering. No great artistic intent aspired to just a pleasing image but it would be good to learn how it might be improved upon.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:150.0-500.0 mm f/5.0-6.3
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:25 Jun 2013 - 8:41 AM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Black and White and a bit between!
Username:Emilpix Emilpix
Uploaded:31 Jul 2013 - 12:04 PM
Tags:Swan and young, Wildlife / nature
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debu
debu  4 India
31 Jul 2013 - 12:14 PM

Lovely image with nice reflection.
debu

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2481 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 1:24 PM

Looks perfect to me,

Ali

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 11126 forum postsdudler vcard England368 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 1:50 PM

Sedate and lovely.

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 - 1:56 PM

This is a beautiful shot... Love the reflections... IB

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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 3christinecilia vcard England
31 Jul 2013 - 2:52 PM

great photo lovely reflections like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 5:29 PM

Beautiful esp. with that reflection
Ju

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2947 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 6:03 PM

Beautiful shot, nice detail and light.

You used landscape mode, and had to place the waters contact area with the swan tight in the centre to get a full reflection. Its attractive, but I wonder what it would look like if you had an opportunity for more height.

This would allow a square crop, which Ive uploaded. It gives more space at the top, and Ive very slightly rotated it CW, and used the highlight tool to bring out feather detail. I dont think you could have done better with the shot, but a little post processing can help.


Hope this is helpful,



regards



Willie

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richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 6:17 PM

Nice Image!! I like it a lot!!

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Emilpix
Emilpix  2 Wales
31 Jul 2013 - 6:55 PM

Many thanks Willie you are spot on with that. Thanks too to all others for kind comment.

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Emilpix  2 Wales
31 Jul 2013 - 7:06 PM

P.S. Hope you don't mind Willie but did you see the other Kingfisher?

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1078 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 7:47 PM

I'm a little late here, Willie has made the important points. Can I add that he's correct over the rotation - whatever angle it's viewed from a reflection always drops straight down from its subject, so the swan's beak should be immediately above the reflection of the beak. It's always worth checking that against the grid.
Moira

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom875 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 8:05 PM

It does what it says on the can. A pleasing technically well handled shot. I'm not a Swan fan, either as an angler or photographic judge. I've judged hundreds of swan images, no, thousands.

However, this is rather better than most.

Paul

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Emilpix  2 Wales
31 Jul 2013 - 8:41 PM

Thank you Moira and Paul. Eyes for detail are indeed most important.
Mick

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