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Swan @ Chilham

By colmar  
Good Morning,

Another from Chilham Lake, the swans were very happy to come close and get photographed.Mari had this one two feet from her lens . There are plenty of these beautiful birds and there not alone there are all sorts here and a place I will happily go again and again, as Jimv said in his comment on yesterdays upload "Are you saying this is a man-made lake Colin? If it is we've finally done something that almost outdoes nature itself," He is not wrong. More to come from this 26 acre man made quarry filled lake Smile

I suggest large for a larger view Smile and for window users f11 and ctrl+ ..... for mac user large and cmd+

Many thanks for the comment and votes on Chilham Lake Reflections,and indeed a few other images , all votes and constructive comment are gratefully received and truly appreciated. Colin and Mari

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 12:06AM
morning colin
brilliant light and wondeful detail love the water droplets a beautiful capture nice one Wink

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kilo363 8 3 Scotland
4 Mar 2010 12:08AM
loads of great detail in this Smile Nice one

Bed time nanite Smile
They are such beautiful birds and you have a great shot here Smile
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
4 Mar 2010 12:11AM
Morning colin

Stunning sharp detailed image..very well taken .
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
4 Mar 2010 12:18AM
I used a swan neck tool when I was serving my apprenticeship while doing a bit of wood turning !! I don't think your one here wood be up to THAT job Colin !! Good take.Like the water droplet.And I had a few sweat droplets coming of my forehead during my apprenticeship,I can tell you !!
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
4 Mar 2010 12:39AM
What a great shot of this swan Colin.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
4 Mar 2010 12:42AM
A wonderful swan portrait!
cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
4 Mar 2010 1:05AM
a wonderful shot super detail and water droplets
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 1:25AM
Morning Colin, this is excellent, wonderful detail and light, beautifully taken.

heids 8 1 1 Scotland
4 Mar 2010 1:29AM
Stunning close up. Fantastic detail.
danvan 13
4 Mar 2010 6:13AM
Great shot
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
4 Mar 2010 6:14AM
A super close-up, Colin, love the water droplets. Carol
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
4 Mar 2010 8:13AM
Very lovely. Really like those water droplets.

baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 8:25AM
Lovely detail, love the water droplets. Thanks for your good wishes for Tabitha.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 8:37AM

Quote:the swans were very happy to come close and get photographed

I think they'd rather had a bite...
Lovely one, like all those little drops along its neck
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 8:40AM
I like the detail of the water drops too

nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
4 Mar 2010 8:42AM
Great colours, love the water droplets, haven't been here for years, must visit soon
Well done Mari

Nicky Smile
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 9:26AM
Love the water droplets here, (think she is a she!) looks like she has been diving for a reed root or two! Mari, you have a lot of detail in this and like the deep blue as bg
luckybry 8 3 Scotland
4 Mar 2010 9:27AM
nice colours and details swan looks realy good against the dark blue background of the water
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 9:32AM
Beautifully taken, against a very satisfying background. Clever use of the lens to get that soft diagonal texture.
4 Mar 2010 10:16AM
Lovely detailed swan portrait. I like the water droplets too.
4 Mar 2010 10:17AM
Great portrait. Delightful.
Canadiann 8 2 Canada
4 Mar 2010 11:17AM
Beautiful shot and yes love the water droplets too. A fine display of you handy work. A really nice close up.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
4 Mar 2010 11:58AM
metro074 8 8 Australia
4 Mar 2010 12:07PM
Beautiful detail and colour. You'v got the look!!
4 Mar 2010 12:29PM
nice detail and colour in this one
Amazing detail, beautiful capture
agingrocker 9 14 1
4 Mar 2010 1:11PM
I love the detail in this and the use of shadow really enhances the shot for me.
4 Mar 2010 1:20PM
A fabulous shot, Colon/Mari, cracking details captured.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
4 Mar 2010 2:52PM
Looking forward to more, Colin. So cool how close you can get to these fellas!

A Smile
4 Mar 2010 4:11PM
Wonderful swan! Beautiful detail and colour, Colin and Mari.
4 Mar 2010 4:16PM
has a coy/shyness look well captured
RichPitman 8 16 1 England
4 Mar 2010 4:26PM
Lovely capture. Like the shadow. Smile

borrower 8 4 England
4 Mar 2010 5:16PM
Excellent portrait, super detail viewed large, wonderful colour.
Amanita05 8 11 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 5:19PM
Really Stands out against the blue Water Colin!!
Nice Portrait!!

Adderwatcher 8 60 19 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 5:21PM
Beautiful detailed image, well taken Mari.
xwang 9 56 8
4 Mar 2010 5:22PM
Excellent capture,Mari.Beautiful colour and detail.
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 5:54PM
Great closeup portrait and details and love the droplets
AileenP 8 1 Scotland
4 Mar 2010 6:09PM
Beautiful shot, lovely detail.
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 6:15PM
Great shot Mari. Stunning colour.
nishad1994 8 264 Oman
4 Mar 2010 6:44PM
Lovely !! Nice capture ....... Smile

4 Mar 2010 7:07PM
great detail. gill
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
4 Mar 2010 7:19PM
Sorry Colin and Mari but I read through all the comments and all have said how wonderful this is and passing the time of day as if it is a coffee morning chat rather than a Photographic Website.
The drops of water on the head are the only thing going for this, the neck whites are totally blown at the back and the main point of interest, the eye is bland with no highlight, also the dof lacks with an out of focus bill which should be showing the water drop on the end as sharp as a pin as that is where the eye is drawn to.
I have to be honest here and cannot understand how this has so many votes.
Sorry but I have to be honest.
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
4 Mar 2010 7:25PM
I certainly like this shot.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 7:30PM
I would like to say great shot Colin especially when you are so very supportive of my images but this time the back of the head is blown (by now you will have noted Richard's comment I need not go on about it) you have a great b/g and water droplets to, you do need to mind the sun or using flash but I guess you will have realised this - sorry I hate criticising and wish I could be more positive.
stephenscott 8 8 2 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 7:52PM
Very nice shot colin,nice light and superb detailed captured..

Suehh 11 39 6 England
4 Mar 2010 8:35PM
Lovely shot Colin - the look in his eye says it all. Great droplets too - finishes the capture off beautifully. Sue
4 Mar 2010 8:55PM
Excellent detail.
Roly 10 Wales
4 Mar 2010 9:19PM
Super detail and light.
Dave_Holdham 9 4 1 Wales
4 Mar 2010 9:25PM
Superb capture, wonderful detail
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 9:27PM
Nicely detailed shot,well captured..............

Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2010 10:05PM
Colin I'm afraid I'm going against the flow of comments as well - unfortunately the whites / higlights is blown on this shot - they are attractive birds but on a bright day you have to compensate for exposure, as for the crop may I suggest next time you go try a side on capture & crop to the rule of thirds with a highlight in the eye - so important in bird photography, sorry this is meant as advise and not critism - Ina
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
4 Mar 2010 10:19PM
All comments have been taken appropriately and indeed as I have said many times am not a bird photographer I and indeed Mari take images for our enjoyment etc.... so yes all comment above duly noted and of course all comment wil be acted upon through the fullness of time. Thanks to you all Colin
imagio 11 12 1 England
4 Mar 2010 10:24PM
I think Gezina is right about the blown highlights Colin, but I like the framing..

5 Mar 2010 2:59AM
Super portrait!
Back next week.
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
5 Mar 2010 3:49AM
Wonderful macro shot Colin, kudos to Mari - next time get him to wink, that might satisfy the critics Smile
Rgds., Jim
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2010 2:30PM
This is beautiful, such a typical swan pose and i love it, the detail is fantastic!! x x

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