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Black and White and a bit between!

By Emilpix
Mute Swan and cygnet. Nikon D7000 with Sigma 150-500mm zoom lens@400mm 1000sec @f7.1 ISO 250 Aperture priority Centre weighted metering. No great artistic intent aspired to just a pleasing image but it would be good to learn how it might be improved upon.

Tags: Wildlife and nature Swan and young

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debu 8 India
31 Jul 2013 12:14PM
Lovely image with nice reflection.

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ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 1:24PM
Looks perfect to me,

dudler Plus
14 706 1351 England
31 Jul 2013 1:50PM
Sedate and lovely.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 1:56PM
This is a beautiful shot... Love the reflections... IB
great photo lovely reflections like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 5:29PM
Beautiful esp. with that reflection
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
31 Jul 2013 6:03PM
Beautiful shot, nice detail and light.

You used landscape mode, and had to place the waters contact area with the swan tight in the centre to get a full reflection. Its attractive, but I wonder what it would look like if you had an opportunity for more height.

This would allow a square crop, which Ive uploaded. It gives more space at the top, and Ive very slightly rotated it CW, and used the highlight tool to bring out feather detail. I dont think you could have done better with the shot, but a little post processing can help.

Hope this is helpful,


richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
31 Jul 2013 6:17PM
Nice Image!! I like it a lot!!
31 Jul 2013 6:55PM
Many thanks Willie you are spot on with that. Thanks too to all others for kind comment.
31 Jul 2013 7:06PM
P.S. Hope you don't mind Willie but did you see the other Kingfisher?
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 7:47PM
I'm a little late here, Willie has made the important points. Can I add that he's correct over the rotation - whatever angle it's viewed from a reflection always drops straight down from its subject, so the swan's beak should be immediately above the reflection of the beak. It's always worth checking that against the grid.
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 8:05PM
It does what it says on the can. A pleasing technically well handled shot. I'm not a Swan fan, either as an angler or photographic judge. I've judged hundreds of swan images, no, thousands.

However, this is rather better than most.

31 Jul 2013 8:41PM
Thank you Moira and Paul. Eyes for detail are indeed most important.

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