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Swanning around

By bigbob2
Just spotted this guy as i was walking across a bridge

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jgmford 13 England
28 Jun 2009 11:45PM
Stunning capture, love the reflection.

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rhody 17 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 3:29PM
Well spotted. I like the pose of the swan, the reflection and movement in the water.
The top of the image is less interesting to me and could benefit from a crop I feel.

It would really come to life if a bright eye was visible to add interest in this area.

A difficult image to capture sucessfully with the dynamic lighting range you have here. The image has an overall feel of majesty and serenity all the same.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 9:46PM
Hello, Bob. Essentially a very nice capture of the swan, reflection and water movement, but there are a few issues that I'd like to address. The light is behind the swan, causing the neck to be in shadow, and it is very dark against the plumage. The plumage is blue, which often happens on a very white subject, and perhaps your white balance needed adjusting for this. There are two dark shadows in front of the swan due to the backlighting, coming from the areas of water being pushed up by the swan's movement. I find these very distracting, but fully understand there was nothing you could have done about them at the time of shooting. The swan is quite central in the frame and although you have left some good space for it to swim into, I don't feel you need so much space at the top. On the positive side, the foreground water looks like silk and the backlighting has produced some strong contrasts that are very effective. Swans are notoriously difficult subjects to capture well, especially in sunlight, and it's probably because the sun was behind it that you managed to get a bit of detail in the body instead of complete burn-out. I have done a modification where I removed the two dark reflections, took the blue out of the swan's body, selected the neck and lightened it, then darkened the image overall, adjusted highlights/shadows, boosted the saturation and sharpened. My second mod has a crop left and top, after which I added canvas to the right, to offset the swan in the frame and give it some more room to swim into.

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