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Hi all, hope you all had a lovely Christmas and may I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year. As it's been a bit hectic here of late this is a re work from the archives. I haven't altered the BG in any way, it just happens that the Swan was under a canopy of overhanging trees on the edge of the lake and the light wasn't all that good either.
Many thanks to those of you that took time out to view and vote on my Christmas Card and a special thank you to Lillian for the UA, really appreciated,
Regards,
Geoff.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 80-400mm VR f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:250mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.3
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Swan 2
Username:FeatherFriend FeatherFriend
Uploaded:28 Dec 2011 - 11:56 AM
Tags:Lake, Stover park, Swan, Wildlife / nature
Votes:83

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat Plus Member 9249 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 12:02 PM

A fabulous shot of this elegant bird Geoff, it looks so streamlined and graceful. The dark background works perfectly

dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 Plus Member 735 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 12:10 PM

well exposed image Geoff, elegant looking with nice reflections.
regards
Yung

CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8178 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 12:36 PM

A stunning image, Geoff, perfectly exposed, captured and presented. A very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year to you, and many thanks for your wonderful help during the past year. Carol

Lillian
Lillian Plus Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 12:56 PM

Against the dark background Geoff this is perfect!
Good plumage detail and eye well captured
and the icing on the cake...reflection...perfect shot
Lillian

Ayoob
Ayoob Plus Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
28 Dec 2011 - 1:00 PM

Excellent detail and presentation,very well taken............Grin

Daisymaye
Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 1:02 PM

A beautiful image, wonderful against the black...........Sandy

barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 1:07 PM

so serene

SlowSong
SlowSong Plus Member 64918 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 1:12 PM

The dark b/g has brought out all the lovely feather detail.
Chris

PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 1:26 PM

Beautiful! Smile

RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5147 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland114 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 1:50 PM

Marvellous: looks so serene and elegant with it's reflection well recorded.
Ronnie.

OAKEY
OAKEY  7 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2011 - 3:27 PM

This is stunning Geoff that super b/g really shows him off well, the detail and exposure are spot on, very well done indeed.
Regards Shaun
PS love your gymnastic friendsWink

Maiwand
Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England70 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 3:54 PM

Fantastic capture Geoff !! The detail in the plumage of the Swan is quite outstanding with every feather perfectly in place.
A stunnerGrin
Ron

annettep38
annettep38 Plus Member 3191 forum postsannettep38 vcard France33 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 4:15 PM

fantastic reflection, almost abstract!

gary_d
gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 4:17 PM

This is fantastic Geoff, I have put up a few bird images lately that I would like your expert opinion on when you have the time mate. - gary

Brian65
Brian65 Plus Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
28 Dec 2011 - 4:40 PM

Wonderful detail Geoff, so hard with swans.
Brian

tomcat
tomcat Plus Member 96266 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 5:32 PM

I was willing the full reflection to be present, when I scrolled the image.

Perfect detail & spot on exposure, coupled with just enough catch-light in the eye, makes this a winner IMHO

Adrian

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend Plus Member 738 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 5:39 PM

Thanks everyone for popping in and a special thank you to Adrian (tomcat) for the GEA, thanks Adrian, that's made my day Smile
Regards,
Geoff.

Richsr
Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 7:05 PM

Like the details in the stands out well against the black, congrats on the GEA
Regards Richard

Silverzone
28 Dec 2011 - 7:44 PM

Lovely contrast and reflection. Sylvia

andyJ88
andyJ88  3 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2011 - 7:59 PM

Wow! I hope I can get my pictures to such a high standard one day

Shellio
Shellio  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 8:29 PM

Fantastic image Geoff, very professional looking... have a great new year!
Shell

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly Plus Member 8326 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 9:08 PM

well exposed with a great reflection Geoff

sweetpea62
sweetpea62 Plus Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 10:07 PM

Beautiful Geoff.Have a great New Year..Lin

ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 11:20 PM

A perfect photo - couldn't be more beautiful!
Christina

Sezz
Sezz Plus Member 10617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 11:54 PM

My congrat's Geoff, a very beautiful image!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas too and I send you my Best Wishes for 2012!

Sarah *

Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2011 - 9:58 AM

A stunning shot - the reflection just makes all the difference, beautiful photography Geoff - Ina

teocali
teocali Plus Member 7340 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2011 - 12:23 PM

Exposed to perfection with a wonderful reflection, Geoff. Congrats on the GEA - very well deserved
Sylvia

Brian65
Brian65 Plus Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
29 Dec 2011 - 5:20 PM

Congrats for your award Geoff, No teddy bears only birdsTongueWinkWink
Brian

bricurtis
bricurtis Plus Member 91952 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2011 - 9:38 PM

Lovely Geoff - very tranquil.
Congrats on the GEA.
Brian.

hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk Plus Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 3:46 PM

Lovely detail as always hope you have a good new year
mike

AnneWorner
30 Dec 2011 - 4:33 PM

Such a beautiful capture of this swan - simple and elegant, same as the bird. Wonderful reflection.

May I wish you and yours the very best for 2012.

Anne

BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 6:09 PM

This is gorgeous Geoff.
Congrats.

B.

STEVELIN
STEVELIN  7160 forum posts Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 7:26 PM

great capture geoff well taken, and a happy new year to you and your family.
steve

helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 7:41 PM

A beauty - congratulations on your GEA and best wishes for 2012
Helen

Imagephotographics

Super capture Geoff, wishing you all the very best for 2012

Chris

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend Plus Member 738 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 1:10 PM

Many thanks all for popping in, really appreciated,
Geoff.

Brian65
Brian65 Plus Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
1 Jan 2012 - 12:33 PM

Hope for a picnic Mon if weathers betterTongueTongueWink
Brian

Shroomer
Shroomer  8 England167 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2012 - 6:20 PM

Lovely capture Geoff. Happy New Year to you and Fran
Richard

A Booth
A Booth Plus Member 12A Booth vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2012 - 11:16 AM

stunning profile portrait, works well against the dark background, excellent composition.

DerekL
DerekL Plus Member 10120 forum postsDerekL vcard England24 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2012 - 1:37 PM

Great image Geoff.
A well composed and exposed image under difficult light conditions, still retaining wonderful detail in the plumage.

Derek

Brian65
Brian65 Plus Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
2 Jan 2012 - 3:17 PM

Thanks Geoff for your kind comments.
Brian

Steve_S
Steve_S Plus Member 9176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2012 - 7:51 PM

Superb image Geoff, brilliant exposure mate!
Steve

gingerdelight
3 Jan 2012 - 10:47 AM

Superbly captured and a happy new year to you and yours!
Carol

evelen
evelen  10 England
3 Jan 2012 - 6:46 PM

beautiful image.
eve.

Fefe
Fefe Plus Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 5:59 PM

Lovely Image, so beautiful with the background.
Diane

headskiesfly
headskiesfly Plus Member 11headskiesfly vcard Austria
6 Jan 2012 - 7:05 PM

Good reflections

betts
betts  7 England
13 Jan 2012 - 4:18 PM

Stunning image Dean,,,love the reflection.
betts

raygregson
raygregson Plus Member 7raygregson vcard United Kingdom
15 Jan 2012 - 10:51 AM

superb image geoff,well done.ray

1881
1881  3 India
23 Apr 2012 - 6:10 PM

Stunning image.
SANJEEV

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