Back Versions (2)
Modifications (2)
Views: 39 (22 Unique)  Award Shortlist   

Quenched and drenched.

By alistairfarrugia    
This shot was taken at "Sant' Anton Gardens", the gardens attached to the Presidential Palace in Malta. Tagged as Pets/Captive animals as I'm not sure whether this would qualify as Wildlife/Nature instead.

I like this shot as it shows the swan in a slightly more messy stage than we usually associate swans with - typically shown in a "graceful" pose. In this shot, I love the fact that there's water dripping from the swan's mouth, and the plume isn't all clean and white as we'd imagine it to be. I sharpened the image a bit to enhance textures.

Tags: Swan Pets and captive animals

Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here

USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 open to entries NOW!
This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


banehawi Plus
12 1.4k 3494 Canada
14 Sep 2012 3:18PM
Its a nice shot, and the red areas and gree spots show a Swan at work!

You got quite close at 55mm, and your depth of field is quite shallow ( closer = shallower for a given f stop) and this works well to accentuate the detail in the head, but leavs the drops of water slightly out of focus.

if you look closely at the Swans back, you may notice that the white has a slight blue cast, and if this is corrected (a white balance error), the entire shot becomes warmer.

If you know about curves you can sort this out using this method:

Ive uploaded a mod with this changed, lightened the blacks slightly, and sharpened the water drops only.

Hope this helps,



Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

alistairfarrugia 4 164 88 Malta
14 Sep 2012 4:52PM
Thanks Willie, appreciate it. I was in fact quite close as the swan was in a pond, at its edge and I was almost in its face, enabling me to get the shot at 55mm (on 1.6 crop though). I like your modification as the swan's face seems to have benefitted from some sharpening as well although you don't mention it. The white balance is so much better now, thanks. Will try do some amendments on the RAW file and re-upload as a modification too.
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
14 Sep 2012 4:56PM

Quote:Will try do some amendments on the RAW file and re-upload as a modification too.

You can upload it as a version. It'll show at its proper size that way.
alistairfarrugia 4 164 88 Malta
14 Sep 2012 5:02PM
I have to be an e2 member for that though right?
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
14 Sep 2012 5:27PM
Ah! Possibly.
I'm not sure. Have you tried?
alistairfarrugia 4 164 88 Malta
14 Sep 2012 5:35PM
Yep, confirmed. Oh well will do with a modification. Don't afford membership at the moment.
alistairfarrugia 4 164 88 Malta
23 Jan 2013 8:05PM
Two more variants loaded...

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.