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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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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


debu 7 India
31 Jul 2013 12:14PM
Lovely image with nice reflection.

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ali63 Plus
5 768 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 1:24PM
Looks perfect to me,

dudler Plus
13 515 1035 England
31 Jul 2013 1:50PM
Sedate and lovely.
Chinga Plus
6 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 Plus
5 23 3 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 5:29PM
Beautiful esp. with that reflection
banehawi Plus
12 1.6k 3636 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
8 321 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
10 1.0k 1629 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 9 123 1141 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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