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Cheeky Swan

By cathsnap
Trying to capture the character of this swan. Experimented with different settings to get this shot. Not sure if the crop is too tight. Like the swan's eye looking at me.

Tags: Wildlife bird Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4253 Canada
30 Nov 2014 10:06PM
This is a really good shot Catherine. Its not easy to get a good Swan shot in this bright light, and youve done really well.

It is a bit tight as youve mentioned, but that can be sorted out quite easily by adding canvas space, mainly at the top, and by filling it with the background water.

There excellent detail in the head and feathers; some small areas of bur-out, but not a lot.

The appearance of the feathers, where they are brightest can be improved by toning down highlights; and conversely, the detail on the head can be improved by lifting shadows a little. Some sharpening on the head pays off too.

One of the better swan shots Ive seen in some time.

Ive uploaded a mod with the weaks as suggested, - I also placed more room in front as well as above, and filled in the bottom with water to cover that edge.

Im sure the camera time isnt right, its recorded 1:39AM as the time this was shot!

Well done,


paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2014 8:06AM
A good swan shot and the tight crop does not bother me. It has the appearance of a little under exposure. Difficult with a white bird like a swan and you need to keep that detail. I would have given just a touch more exposure, then worked on the darker areas and highlights with dodge and burn tools.

1 Dec 2014 5:36PM
Thank you that is encouraging. And I love the mod it looks great.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
2 Dec 2014 11:25PM
A pretty successful experiment!

I think I'd be tempted to increase the ISO, and shade the aperture slightly smaller: something like 200 ISO would allow you to top down a little to f/13 or thereabouts, and probably squeeze a bit of extra quality from your lens - most lenses give best results closed down around two or three stops from full aperture.
4 Dec 2014 3:34PM
That's really interesting, I will try that ISO 200 and f13 combo. And keep in mind your advice about lenses and how to get the most out of them. Thanks.

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