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Signes of love

Signes of love
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Copyright: Robi rdfoto (rdfoto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8, SanDisk CFExtreme4gb
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-09 7:12
Viewed: 6056
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor is a common Eurasian member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. Both cygnus and olor mean "swan", in Ancient Greek and Latin, respectively.)
Adults of this large swan range from 125 to 170 cm (49-67 in) long with a 200-240 cm (79-95 in) wingspan. They may stand over 1.2 m (4 ft) tall on land. Males are larger than females and have a larger knob on their bill.

The Mute Swan is one of the heaviest flying birds, with males (known as "cobs") averaging about 12 kg (27 lbs) and females (known as "pens") more than 9 kg (20 lbs). An exceptionally enormous Polish cob weighed almost 23 kg (50 lbs), surpassing the longer-bodied Trumpeter Swan to make it the heaviest waterfowl ever recorded. Its size, orange-reddish bill and white plumage make this swan almost unmistakable at close quarters. Surveys done by airplane, however, often mistake the species, creating questionable counts. The most similar species is the Whooper Swan, but it has a yellow and black bill, lacks the curved "swan" neck, is longer and heavier, and lacks the characteristic projection above the bill.

Young birds, called "cygnets", are not the bright white of mature adults, and their bill is black, not orange, for the first year. The color of the down may range from pure white to grey to a buff color. The grey/buff coloration is more widespread in cygnets around the world. The white colored cygnets have a leucistic gene, seen most often in the north central states in America and in Poland. All Mute Swans are white at maturity.

SelenE, Argus, Alex99, CeltickRanger, nglen, Silvio2006, kjpweb, Jamesp, uleko, anel, Adanac, mariki, marhowie, tomcezar, peter_stoeckl, Miss_Piggy, sily has marked this note useful
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Bonjour Robi,
C'est une photo tout en élégance avec une belle composition et maitrise de l'exposition.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-09 8:28]

Hi Robi,

The synchronocity is superb. This is an elegant capture.
I like the composition you made. Well done.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-09 8:40]

Hi Robi,
Exposure handling, colors, POV, composition and the pose you captured are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-09 8:41]

Bonjour Robi,
A fine capture of a pair of Mute Swans 'dancing' together!
I like the POV, lighting and the composition and technically this is superb.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful image,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-09 8:56]

H Robi.
What a cute pair of majestic swan you managed to catch and share. I like the scene so much as well as the superb precise exposure and reproduction of the fine plumage of the birds. The ripples on the water surface, mirror reflections, great lighting and vivid colours create a nice esthetic impression. Bravo. Perfect job.

bonjour Robi

quelle belle image de ce couple de cygne face à la lumière du soleil,
excellent POV et cadrage, belle luminosité de l'image,
excellente netteté et joli reflexion l'eau, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-09 11:42]

Hi Robi. You have capture a beautiful moment between the two Swans. Like a pair of book end just the same. good detail and colours. i like the way they are both looking the same way as well. TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-09 12:01]

Hello Robi,
Very beautiful moment in a wonderful composition. Great sharpness, colours and POV.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-03-09 15:56]

Very beautiful. Perfect and harmonic Pose. Only nit is the visible noise, that looks like compression artifacts. Either noise reduction or saving it with lower compression would have made it perfect.
However it's a great capture anyway!
Cheers, Klaus

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-10 1:35]

Hello Robi,
Wonderful shot of these two Swans in perfect harmony. Beautiful light and colours, good focus and fine details. Lovely reflections in the calm water too. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-10 3:39]

Bonjour Robi,
Encore une belle photo de cygnes. Quelle synchronisation dans l'attitude! Tout à fait étonnant. Nous les humains on en serait pas capable. Bravo pur cette élégante prise.
Bonne journée

Hi Robi, lovely couple of beautiful swans in great pose, splendid reflections and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-10 8:38]

Bonjour Robi, bravo pour cette composition fantastique. Les détails sont très nets, la lumière et l'exposition sont parfaites et la qualité générale est très élevée. Merci!


Hola Robi.
Una magnífica pareja con unos detalles excelentes.
Agradables reflejos y buena nota.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-10 11:21]

Hi Robi

A beautiful composition with lovely colour. I like the title - the play on the words signs and cygnes is lovely.


Hi Robi,

A wonderful photo with a stunning composition! Thank you,


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-11 20:23]

Hello Robi

What a beautiful pose!The symmetry is wonderful.
Excellent deep ,rich colours.The shot is well illuminated.
Tack sharp focus and lovely detail.
The reflections are super.


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-12 19:17]

Bonjour robi,

Quelle belle paire de cygnes.
J'aime beaucoup la composition, tu as capturé un pose qui a une touche très artistique. Bravo!


Bonsoir Robi,
Je vois que tu réussi toujours les photos de couples amoureux...
Merci pour cette note romantique

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-14 0:55]

Hello Robi,
Simply an outstanding image of this pair on swans. The details and colors captured are superb. Great posting Robi, thanks for sharing.

Hello Robi,

Superb composition. Good POV, DOF and focus. Wonderful light and colours.

Hi Robi,
Very well exposed with nice details, color, and DOF.
The perfect clone job ;}}
Well done!

Hi Robi,

Simply beautifull, like a wedding picture. Delicate and elegant birds.
Very good photo.

Al best regards, Cezar T.

Hello Robi,
very nicely captured synchronized movement - elegant, charming, powerful document. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hallo Robi
A wonderful image of the two swans in perfect harmony. You have captured them in a lovely show off pose of their feathers. This is an elegant capture almost like royalty. The ripples on the water surface, mirror reflections, great lighting and vivid colours create a nice artistic impression. A super tranquil scene displayed and presented in a most delightful manner. Kind regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-06-17 12:31]

Hi Robi!
What a beautiful capture they look like mirror images, great colors and angle,splendid done.

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