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Swan With Ginger Head @ Backwell Lake

By LiamBull      
He was just chilling on the bank

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Backwell Lake was constructed in the mid 1970ís as a balancing pond. The site is owned by Wessex Water.
The site consists of an area of open water with a small island and some marginal vegetation. Since its construction, Backwell lake has become an important site for wildfowl and dragonflies and also as a foraging area for bats. It is a valuable amenity resource for the local community.

Voters: Glyn1, KarenFB, Philip_H and 5 more

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KarenFB Plus
14 5.6k 180 England
19 Apr 2012 6:09PM
A gorgeous image and a brilliant write up! I'd be really tempted to visit, if I lived a little closer! Smile

I really like the way you've caught this swan, there's a lovely 3D quality to the image. Smile
darrenwilson41 10 39 5 England
19 Apr 2012 6:41PM
Liam, nice photograph and you must have been really close to the swan. The eyes and head are in focus which is good and the shape of the head produces a line to draw your attention to the face.

It may be nice to see the focal point ( the head ) over to the left ( rule of thirds ) but this is a really good shot and I look forward to seeing your next ones. Be careful though swans can have a temper !!!

Well Done

jamestheboy 11 447 5 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 8:02PM
Nice looking photo

james Smile
LiamBull 8 7 England
20 Apr 2012 4:57PM
can people help me get votes?
KarenFB Plus
14 5.6k 180 England
20 Apr 2012 5:02PM
Hi Liam,

The way to get people to come to your portfolio is to go to other's images and make honest, worthwhile comments. This will 'introduce' you and they may come to your portfolio out of curiosity and might vote on your images. It's never a good idea to flood the gallery with 'Good shot' type comments, because this makes your comment worthless - be truthful, but polite and tactful! Joining in will get you known! Smile
LiamBull 8 7 England
20 Apr 2012 5:56PM
thanks karen
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
20 Apr 2012 11:35PM
Use Av (Aperture Priority) most of the time. select an aperture of f/5.6 most of the time except landscapes. If 5.6 is you lens's max aperture, stop down one for better performance.

If the camera has auto ISO, use it.

Always check that the shutter speed the camera selects is appropriate for your focal length. You may know the rule for min speed for hand holding, 1/(focal length X crop factor).

Use a SINGLE focus point (red square) and place it on the Swans eye in this shot.

Dont worry about votes, just enjoy the hobby and watch your skill level improve over time. Some of my best shots, imo, have received the fewest votes. Karens advice is the way to go.

Welcome to EPZ and enjoy the site.


LiamBull 8 7 England
21 Apr 2012 10:27AM
Thanks But Being a person who doesnt get many votes, just makes me feel that they are not very goodTongue
KarenFB Plus
14 5.6k 180 England
22 Apr 2012 8:18AM
Don't let self doubt stop you from enjoying a wonderful hobby! If you enjoy looking for opportunities and you enjoy taking the photographs then that is the reward of your hobby. Having a few people come along and 'click' the vote button is an added extra. If you want real, un-fluffy critique then enter your images into the 'Critique Gallery'. You will get no votes whatsoever (we are not allowed to vote on them), but you will get honest critique and hopefully helpful hints!

Photography is an art form. As with all art, some people will like it and some not. As long as you like it and feel it's the best you can do then it's perfect! Grin
I like the way you shot this portrait from behind. Great idea. JNC
Vulpix 9 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 10:09AM
Love this! Its really nice and you must of got really close to get it!

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