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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony/Zeiss teleconverter (1,7)
Exposure: f/2.4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flying images, Dedications to Gert [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-31 17:09
Viewed: 4348
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot is dedicated to Gert, for the unanimous recognition of his Flying Duck.
As the postings of many other birdwatchers sharing beautiful flying birds, Gert's great ones are the best incentive for me to try new things with a camera. This one is my first flying bird escaping the "Just Missed Shots" theme, so I'm very happy to share it with you! It was taken on a dead arm of the Seine River. You'll find useful information on the Mute Swan here, on a previous shot taken next to this place.
Additional notes: mid-dark clouds but no rain, 14,30h. Two fisherman on the bank, being quite lucky today, told me the Seine water quality was getting much better from year to year. Good news... also for shags and herons! If you look carefully a bit in front of the swan, there is a Coypu (myocastor, ragondin in french) sitting at water level on the bank, facing us. Thay have long rodents teeth of a very special dark orange color. I took close shots on the opposite bank to share later.
Camera Settings: Speed priority, ISO 200, auto white balance, burst mode (3images), average compensated metering, focal lenght 180mm + teleconverter (x 1,7). Camera handheld.
PP: Straightened (3°), cropped, levels, Hues (magenta minus 100%) to reduce chromatic aberration on wings edges, USM (80 - 0,5 - 0), NeatImage filtering and little sharpening.
Reduced to site size.

liquidsunshine, mogens-j, azulu, ellis49, Janice, cafecrem, PDP, gerhardt, carper, Luc, rlortie, livios, extramundi has marked this note useful
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Nice action shot Jean,
I've done a few of these myself, but not as clear as this.
I love the way it looks like they're running on water when taking to the air.
Thanks for posting

Very good catch, I think that there are a little bit lack of details, but you did a great job catching this bird on the right timing.

Great capture Jean Michel. I would really like that it was one of mine;-) - I have tried for several days but every time they were out of shooting range.

Very clever handling of the light and the composition simply is great. Well done.

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-01-31 18:44]

Very nice shot Jean. Great composition with nice colours and sharpness. I like it very much. Good job.



Great action shot Jean Michel.
Thanks, I like it, great pose of the swan.
Perfect timing, good exposure, colours and details.
Great work.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-02-01 2:43]

Great capture Jean, sharp detail and good composition! Well done

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-01 3:52]

Definitely a bird in action Jeam-Michel. Very sharp and clear. Well done.

Great moment and interesting pose!
Thank You!!!! I really love this photo!

Great capture congratulations. I would be good to increase a bit the saturation.
Very well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-01 4:52]

Excellent capture of the swan taking off. It's come out very well indeed and must be satisfying for you. Well done.

I still want a shot like this. It keeps evading me. I have quite a collection of misses though. :)

Fitting title and an action moment well executed. No nits, just a tad of jealousy. ;)

Great shot! Well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-01 12:34]

Wauw what a super capture Jean,
Fantastic shot, fantastic speed photo, very good composing shot, good details, with an exelent pof and a great dof, this is perfect, great job

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-01 13:03]

Bonne photo le sujet est nette et bien arrèté. Belle prise de vue. Félicitations !

sincères félicitations

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-02 10:54]

Beau moment saisi, Jean-Michel.
Excellente composition.
Une photo impressionnante.

Très bonne prise de vue d'action. La pose inusitée la rend unique.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-27 20:05]

Jean Michel, great title, great pose, great sharpness, pov, dof and note.

1/1000 really worked well here. Congratulations.

P.S.: I included your picture in a theme I've created recently.


Incredible to get this shots with the huge shuter-button delay of the F-717. You captured a very beautiful image, just in time. Although the BG did not help a lot this time is still an artistic work. Thanks J.Michel.

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