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By TimothyDMorton  
This my last capture of the MUTE SWANS from my hometown of Hamilton at Bayfront Park, and features the father / male MUTE SWAN out for his swim in search of food for his mate and children.

The camera setting and editing are the same as featured in previous upload of his family of MUTE SWANS.

Tags: Hamilton Male Canada Swimming Mute swan Lake ontario Wildlife and nature Bayfront park My hometown


paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2016 8:03AM
It is rather over exposed, even with minus 0.7 compensation. You have lost all feather detail. Swans, being so white, are difficult. Better to under expose then bring the brightness back later whilst retaining detail.


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dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1572 England
30 Jun 2016 11:17AM
As Paul says.

The EXIF data shows hte exposure mode as 'not defined' - if this was shot in manual, the minus compensation won't actually work.

It's also odd that the flash was on, and in red-eye reduction mode.
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 398 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2016 2:18PM
Did you meant to tick the 'critique wanted' box, Timothy?

Unfortunately, there's no details left in the white feathers on the swan's body. I've just spent a while trying to do some burning in of the highlights to no avail - nothing there to bring back!

Looking at the Camera Raw data, you've done some work on this so I'm wondering what the original looked like beforehand, and whether there is in fact anything in the original raw file that could be worked on? (I suspect not, but it's worth asking Smile) It's a shame, really, as you've got the pose of the swan just about perfect.

It looks as if your exposure mode was Auto Bracket, so if you could give us any other information it would help enormously. Looking at the previous image of this swan family, you've got beautiful details in the feathers, so I am wondering what you did differently here or what, perhaps, went awry in the taking and/or procesing?


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4083 Canada
30 Jun 2016 3:35PM
You have the RAW file, so you may be able to recover some detail.

In the RAW processing, you increased brightness, and used a very high contrast value, both of which will contribute to blowing the highlights more than they may have been.


30 Jun 2016 8:07PM
Thank you for your comments.

Best wishes,


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