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By Gary_Williams  
My take on a swan shot. This is a close crop of a swan hiding from me :-(

I was taken by the delicate detail within the birds plumage.

I hope you like, feel free to comment or have a mod.

Hope youve all had a good weekend.

Exposure 1/750 @ f8.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: funkymarmalade, davidbailie, TonyA and 124 more

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27 Nov 2005 11:34AM
beautiful shot
riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
27 Nov 2005 11:34AM
very fine shot, great exposure and composition
francisg 18 705 1 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 11:38AM
A lovely abstract view. I like the texture and the pattern made by the feathers.

crash39 16 24 England
27 Nov 2005 11:40AM

pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 11:40AM
A super abstract.
flowerted 18 106 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 11:41AM
great shot gary like this loads
pgarwood 17 36 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 11:42AM
great detail and so white!
lizziew 17 5
27 Nov 2005 11:45AM
beautiful shot great crop and detail, such a pure white............liz
tonymarq 16 1 United States
27 Nov 2005 11:51AM
Gary a beautiful soft image!
great close up and detail on feathers.

27 Nov 2005 11:52AM
woww this is absolutely beautiful.. the exposure is perfect.. and the pose outstanding Smile.. full of elegance and grace.. woww love swansSmile

Graysters 17 15
27 Nov 2005 11:54AM
SUPERB , love it click
wyatturp 16 2 England
27 Nov 2005 12:06PM
Held the detail, well done not easy.
stevemelvin 16 675 2 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 12:06PM
Tremendous shot. I love the texture and subtle tones. Also love the composition - abstract at first, but sufficiently recognisable for the viewer to place what they're seeing. Great work.

User_Removed 17 32 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 12:32PM
Simply gorgeous
tull 19 181 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 12:35PM
Thought it was snow Gary! Amazingly exposed.

bricurtis Plus
17 2.6k 52 England
27 Nov 2005 12:57PM
Brilliant exposure on this shot Gary. Beautiful detail in the plumage on the swans neck. Quality shot.

paulcr 17 1.5k 9 Ireland
27 Nov 2005 1:03PM
This is beautiful work. PAul
rosie42 18 7 Australia
27 Nov 2005 1:05PM
Well done on an imaginative crop which provides plenty of interest - really like this, a pleasure to view ...

Susie :o)
cramj 16 430 1 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 1:26PM
Wow , very delicate
chase Plus
16 2.4k 623 England
27 Nov 2005 1:38PM
This is stunningly beautiful..clear colour,very well exposed,I love this !!!
turtle1 18 41 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 1:52PM
I love the idea on this shot - the delicacy and detail beautiful
ValSaxby 16 146 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 1:58PM
Super shot. Very delicate and a nice variation on a swan shot.
Andy_Britten Junior Member 16 96 England
27 Nov 2005 2:25PM
Well spotted. Great shot.
glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
27 Nov 2005 5:06PM
Well done, nice comp, so clean and detailed, really exceptional work! Spot on! Click!!!

27 Nov 2005 6:11PM
Absolutely beautiful .... had to look twice ... such detail in the feathers .. looks so soft ... you can almost feel them ..... a different take ...& a good one! well done! Click*
User_Removed 17 825 Lithuania
27 Nov 2005 6:23PM
superb capture!... so soft and white... well done!
annefromleo 16 11 1 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 6:52PM
spectacular and original, well seen
GillyB 17 317 8 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 8:32PM
Amazing capture! So simple but beautiful, delicate but strong, love it!
ChristineL 17 39 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 9:42PM
A lovely detailed close up,
Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 10:28PM
Thanks folks for all the comments & clicks, really appreciated.

Ill upload the original shot tonight, (if I get a chance), along with the CS2 post processing steps.

Im glad you liked it, thanks again for taking the time to look.

Cheers Gary Smile
dven Plus
17 43 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 10:36PM
I just love the delicate white of this shot its a real stunner.

flowerted 18 106 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 11:11PM
so loved this one yesterday so had to look today to see how it went glad to see it got a rc well deserved
claret 18 49 England
27 Nov 2005 11:27PM
What an imaginative crop, Gary. Never have thought of it. Hadn't a clue what it was from the thumb. Makes a great abstract shot.
dhole 19
28 Nov 2005 12:24AM
Nice one Gazza, I bet it tasted lovely with roast potatoes Smile
Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2005 12:54AM
Cheers Ted, you never know how an image is going to be received. I really like this so its nice to know I wasnt on my own

Thanks David & Iain, appreciated.
Jasbe 17 116 England
28 Nov 2005 1:20AM
lovely abstract, works well. Cheers, Jason
lobsterboy Plus
18 15.0k 13 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2005 2:26AM
Supurb stuff - works very well indeed.
Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
28 Nov 2005 3:05AM
Excellent stuff, and what superb exposure control!

28 Nov 2005 4:22AM
too good for words..

TeresaH 17 1.1k United Kingdom
28 Nov 2005 6:08AM
This is stunning and very abstract.

PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
28 Nov 2005 8:39AM
All white and still lots of details? Amazing!
ColouredImages 18 47 35 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2005 9:33AM
Awesome shot Gary, just awesome...12/10

kengreen 18 16 Sweden
28 Nov 2005 11:35AM
LOvely use of a swan. Very nice natural abstract.
yjjeep 18 13
28 Nov 2005 2:16PM
I like the way the detail fades into the light.A true masterpiece.
hayleyk 17 56 England
29 Nov 2005 1:21PM
Beautiful image,really like how you`ve cropped this
mulder 16 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2005 3:15PM
Its all been said ..............


PS.. your title sums this picture up perfectly....
kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
30 Nov 2005 9:43AM
Good crop and very different
clintnewsham 17 121 1 England
30 Nov 2005 10:10AM
stunning shot,lovely detail and the exposure looks spot on

click clint
Big_D 17 11
30 Nov 2005 11:50AM
All been said, difficult to expose correctly - spot on.
Mavis 20 143 2 England
2 Dec 2005 12:50AM
Elegant and very beautiful . I thought on the thumbnail it was a heavy fall of snow on Iron work . This is extremley different , very creative xx
A Booth 20 11 4 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2005 5:04AM
excellent record shot.
starman1 19 61 United States
2 Dec 2005 10:34AM
Ditto All Above Comments.......

MarkT 17 119 2 England
3 Dec 2005 5:19AM
Nice shot.

joko 18 1 Bulgaria
3 Dec 2005 11:43PM
skydivemike 17 47 Northern Ireland
4 Dec 2005 4:55AM
Top notch Quality...

tartanlady 18 58 Scotland
5 Dec 2005 4:28AM
This is beautiful Gary, your title says it all. The detail is amazing.
Superb presentation.
Nic_WA 17 179 2 Australia
5 Dec 2005 4:56AM
This really is stunning - such detail. Are you going to enter this into the White competition this month? Well done on a wonderful image.
magda_indigo 18 418 England
5 Dec 2005 5:04AM
INDIGO AWARD, Magda, (*_*)
Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2005 5:12AM
Cheers all, very kind.

Nic, hadn't thought about it. Maybe I will though.

Thanks again everybody.


Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2005 12:05PM
Cheers Magda Smile
User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
6 Dec 2005 1:01PM
Its all been said Gary... stunning image. Beautifully 'seen' and so well executed.

acbeat 17 14 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2005 3:21AM
fantastic detail and exposure.

andy b
malleader 19 3 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2005 7:54AM
An eye catching image of great quality. Well done.
Carabosse Plus
19 42.5k 270 England
10 Dec 2005 2:56PM
Very classy indeed!
Nic_WA 17 179 2 Australia
11 Dec 2005 1:01AM
Really, really think you should enter this one for the competition this month. I've shown this to a few people when they've been here and have come back a few times on my own for another look. It really is outstanding and deserves every one of these 91 clicks.
MoWiz 17 114 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2005 5:32AM
I guess you dont need me to tell you this is pure quality
gajj 18 32
11 Dec 2005 8:52AM
Hope this is going in the WHITE contest...its beautifully done.
Retnyap 17 28
12 Dec 2005 1:40PM
On the thumbnail I really couldn't make out what it was. That then catches my attention. Open it up and my it's another winner. Brilliant exposure and crop with the shape of the neck.....
Davey P.
12 Dec 2005 11:56PM
Cracking shot Gary.
highlander 18 32 Scotland
13 Dec 2005 9:41AM
Had a second look at this Garry, very impressive and thanks for all your support.
Morpyre Plus
17 1.6k 8 Wales
14 Dec 2005 1:43AM
beautiful image - it took me awhile to work out what it was - at first it looked almost like a falick shot carved in snow but then i read your description and it all made sense - a great image of a wonderful subject

keep up the great work

peter "morpyre" turner
Marian 16 62 England
14 Dec 2005 4:37AM
Never seen a close up like this before, it's different and it's good.
TonyA 17 11 Spain
14 Dec 2005 12:52PM
Perfect exposure. Beautiful white on white.

davidbailie 19 457 7 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2005 9:32AM
This has done you proud - classy!

15 Dec 2005 12:23PM
Breathtaking beauty!
love it!
17 Dec 2005 10:45PM
geoffrey baker 18 501 1 Wales
18 Dec 2005 2:19PM
That's Persil whiteness for you anyday, oh dear, do you think I've been watching too much TV? ;o)
What a lovely shot, not easy to tell what it is from the thumbnail, glad I looked at the larger version though, it's brilliant.
dalischone 17 295 Scotland
21 Dec 2005 8:26AM
So so beautiful. Wonderful Capture Gary.

Have a fantastic Christmas, hope to catch up soon!

terry_cavner 17 332 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2005 5:01AM
thorn 18 124 2 Scotland
27 Dec 2005 6:29AM
Beautifully elegant texture,detail,close up work and just WOW!!!Class capture.Take care.AnnSmile
old timer 18 55 1 Scotland
1 Jan 2006 4:28AM
Don't know how I missed this superb shot!
jasonewell 17 34 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2006 4:22AM
Wow, what a beauty. Superb exposure control. Quality.
bzbee 18 108 3 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2006 2:15AM
Exquisite white feather detail - so difficult to do and so well-executed. Beautiful composition too
Tonyd3 18 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2006 1:02AM
Superb and not easy to set the correct exposure for this.
C_Daniels 17 399 10 England
14 Mar 2006 12:22PM
Tremendously well exposed with such a beautiful close up crop...!

Fantastic - well done :O)
ghibby 16 101 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2006 2:53PM
Beautifully isolated detail and the pure white is spot on.
gajewski 17 10 9 United States
26 Mar 2006 7:52PM
WOW, fantastic detail and exposure and i love the composition. Thanks for including the technical details. -=walter
JulieTinton 16 39 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2006 9:13AM
Quite beautiful!
7 May 2006 9:28AM
simply stunning what a diverse portfolio you have well done keep it up stuart

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