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i would love if someone could tell me what they think of this image and is there any thing they would change about it please

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Lens:28-300mm fixed
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Swan
Username:stuart_murray stuart_murray
Uploaded:6 Mar 2009 - 11:14 PM
Tags:Black & white, Portraits / people, Wildlife / nature
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unicorn17
unicorn17  5 Scotland
6 Mar 2009 - 11:24 PM

To me he's a bit incomplete . They are one of my favourite subjects - a bit cliched some people think !But as swans are so beautiful to look at most photos of them work .I'll be uploading another sawn pic tommorrow.Gill

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x_posure
x_posure  5 Australia
6 Mar 2009 - 11:51 PM

So elegant

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jgmford
jgmford  7 England
7 Mar 2009 - 12:18 AM

Lovely shot, it wouldhave been nice to see the feet, however great capture.
Jeff

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iancam
iancam  5 England
7 Mar 2009 - 6:41 AM

Superb image and presentation
Ian

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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 9:30 AM

OK Stuart I certainly am not a expert by any means of the imagination.
First thing first great idea and a good pic. but here are the problems as I see them that stop it being a great shot.
1, you appear to have blown the high lights i.e the body of the swan so you have lost detail .
2,You have cropped out the feet.
3,when you have blacked out the background you have not feathered
the body in so it looks real oblivious.
4, you have also lost the swans tail.
5, And the swan in my opinion is two central.
I hope this helps Smile Smile

Brian..........................................

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pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2009 - 10:41 AM

Stuart, I am a little confused about your intentions with this picture as it is included in the black/white and portraits/people category as well as wildlife/nature but not included the captive animal option. You say in your 'about' information that I have a degree in Photoshop cs2-cs3-cs4 extended
and have started teaching classes in it.
so I feel that you should be able to demonstrate your photoshop skills by correcting the highlights, feathering the background and completing the clipped tail feathers and placing the swan in a better position.
People on here do have a tendency to be kind but as you have asked for opinions I've waded in. As for a mod, I think you could have a go with the original image and make a far better job than I could do with the small version on here.Smile
Penny

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