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Angry Swan

By Otinkyad  
In the breeding season male swans get very aggressive towards interlopers (and photographers). This is one of several from a high speed burst that I took as he flew/ran across the pond towards me. I had previously noted that he stopped when he reached the bank!
In the original the swan's sunlit wing showed litle detail - although the Histogram indicated that it wasn't burnt out. I therefore saved both a darkened & a lightened version from RAW to TIF, worked on them with Photoshop Levels, and then combined the 2 with Photomatix Highlight & Shadows - this seemed to work reasonably well.

Tags: Flight Swan Aggression Wildlife and nature

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Comments


Hermanus 3 4 South Africa
13 Jan 2013 10:54AM
This is an excellent photo !! Very well taken !

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13 Jan 2013 11:03AM
You can see and feel the aggression in the swan.................very well photographed..........GrinGrinGrinGrin
Tibetan 3 3 England
13 Jan 2013 11:11AM
Excellent work, you created a top notch photo!, the speed he must have been traveling at towards you!; enough to put anybody off, well done a splendid photo love it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Norfolkboy 10 1 4 England
13 Jan 2013 11:47AM
A superb capture.
Colin
13 Jan 2013 11:49AM
Excellent capture.
Alda Plus
3 68 29 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 12:04PM
Superb GrinGrinGrin
13 Jan 2013 5:13PM
Pure aggression. Great shot. and well done for getting away alive and putting the result on here Wink . .....Peter
paulbroad 8 110 1010 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 7:47PM
A very strong image which will pass most scrutiny. Your treatment has resulted in some slightly strange tones in some of the highlights and edges of higher contrast. Seems most noticeable in the splashing water which I would expect to be brighter.

Paul
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3399 Canada
13 Jan 2013 10:56PM
Potentially a great image. I think Photomatix and post processing has ruined it in many ways, the water, the inside of the swans left wing. Ive tried a mod, - but its far gone to recover in many areas. If you have the two original shots, why not upload both of the as modification right here, see we can see what you started with prior to any levels or Photomatix.. Just click modifications, upload modification.


Willie
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3399 Canada
14 Jan 2013 5:04PM
Thanks for uploading the two you worked on.

The lighter version of the two is actually underexposed, and I used this one only as a basis for another modification using Photoshop CS6 only. Its clear that the light you worked with was quite difficult, very bright light coming from the left.

It brings another question to mind I should have asked before, - what is the as-shot version with no processing? If it not one of theses, and you still have it, - you can go back to the RAW file if you have it and remove and changes you made, and upload that? I has incorrectly assumed one of these two would be an as-shot. The as-shot is the only one that can indicate what the camera recorded with no changes. If you dont have it, no problem.


Hope this is helping!


Regards


Willie

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