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I think swans are a great subject for bird photography. They have such wonderful poses and the light on them can be amazing. They are great birds to learn exposures on too. Photograph them in a mixture of light including backlit by the sun and see what effect you get. You will learn alot by doing this. Well done on your first effort.
Beautiful bird. It looks like there is an issue with focusing here however. Most of the focus is centred on the foliage below and not on the bird. When shooting birds close up concentrate on the head. In close ups like this it is far more important to get the head in focus. It is also quite noisy. Some kind of noise reduction software would help here or simply isolate the bird and some of the fore vegetation and blur the rest slightly.
For my liking the composition is far too tight. When you are taking a photograph or creating the composition always have in mind why you took the shot in the first place.The concept of the shot is to show the car in a deserted area so I think much more range is needed around the car to show more of the environ and give the shot more feel.
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Added Date: 23/01/2009 - 11:38 AM
Well you did a brilliant job as always. Wish I had seen it!