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The image created is one of the canals in Amsterdam from the banks. Came quite close to me, maybe the distance was 2 m.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Oct 2011 - 8:08 PM
Focal Length:44mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.3
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
Title:swan
Username:Laslo Laslo
Uploaded:17 Feb 2012 - 10:13 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Landscape / travel
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thatmanbrian
18 Feb 2012 - 9:50 AM

The viewpoint shows off his wings nicely but otherwise is a bit awkward. The water is murky too not helped by the flat lighting. Swans are a difficult subject due to their brilliant white plummage but a touch of sunshine would bring it to life.

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Laslo
Laslo  2 Serbia and Montenegro
19 Feb 2012 - 6:48 PM


Quote: The viewpoint shows off his wings nicely but otherwise is a bit awkward. The water is murky too not helped by the flat lighting. Swans are a difficult subject due to their brilliant white plummage but a touch of sunshine would bring it to life.


When I created the image of the sky was very cloudy, no sun. The Canal water was clear, was a gray cloudy. The other thing is that the day I bought the camera, and got to know him. There is still room to practice and learn the use of SLR cameras.
Thank you for your helpful comment.

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thatmanbrian
19 Feb 2012 - 8:02 PM

A bit of food will make a friend for life!Wink Obviously you can't control the weather so I'm sure you'll be returning to him!

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2012 - 8:19 PM

It's a pretty good shot, Laslo, and although you may get a flatter looking image without any good light, it does help to hold the feather detail in a swan if there is no strong sunlight. Strong sunlight often causes the white plumage to burn out and lose detail.
I wonder if there was a better vantage point from which to take the image, because the beauty of a swan is its sleek and elegant lines, which tend to get lost when you take a picture from above it. Wildlife photographers will advise you to get down to as low a viewpoint as possible and to focus on the eyes. You have more chance of getting the eyes sharp, and of having eye contact, if you are at the swan's level. Of course, this may not have been possible, but is worth remembering for future attempts.
Pamela.

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