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drama, drama everywhere (50th post)

drama, drama everywhere (50th post)
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Copyright: Catalin Josan (methos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTi, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, Hama UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-30 7:53
Viewed: 4033
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everybody,
For my 50th post I chose to upload something full of drama. The scenery, the action, everything is packed with tension.
The weather very windy (as you can see from the water and ruffled feathers) and a storm was brewing (hence the dark colors). I was in a hurry to get home when my eyes were attracted to this.
The swan in the back is a territorial male, which has a nice girl in that part of the river. I have even seen them mating (also took pictures but they are not that good; maybe I will post them just for the documentation value). The bird in the front is an intruder.
The dominant male is in its displaying position and it was racing towards the intruder to chase him away.
A race followed both on water and in flight until the intruder was driven away from the territory.

I chose this pic for the strong colors and contrasts and the action of it. The dominant male looks like a war gallion in full tilt. It looks so menacing.

The pic is a severe crop of the original since the birds were very far away.
This is also my firs pic with blurred FG. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

horia, cedryk, jeanpaul, Alex99, saeedabbasi, mikou, Silvio2006, nglen, mirceax, Debz, anel, sunkirana, SkyF, saguzar has marked this note useful
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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-30 8:08]
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Salut Catalin si felicitari pentru acest numar frumos de post-uri la care ai ajuns!
La mai mare! ;)

Dramatism e ntr-adevar cuvantul de lege in aceasta poza iar contrastul foarte puternic si profunzimea cilorilor subliniaza aceste aspect.
Ca reziltat, imactul fotografiei e unul exceptional, iar compozitia e una foarte impozanta.

Bravo si TFS

Hello Catalin,
My congratulations for your 50th post! And good wishes for all your next post too...
I like the intense and contrasting colours of that shot. You caught this swan courtship beahviour very weel.
Best greetings,

Bonsoir Josan

Félicitation pour ta 50 iême prise sur le site.
Belle photo, sereine et lumineuseet la Bonne composition est très belle
Bravo et Amitiés ...Jean-Paul

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-30 13:31]
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Hi Catalin.
I congratulate you on the 50th post and in so beautiful 50th post too. I wish you mane new amazing photos, kind friends and invariable interest to your works.

I like dramatic colour tones of your picture, which suits for pictured scene so much. I also like impressive lights and shadows, composition and sharpness of the image, richness of reflected scenery. My compliments and best wishes.

Hi Catalin ,
excellent shot with great composition and light.
nice sharpness.
lovely shot.
thanks for sharing.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-30 14:44]

Hi Catalin.
My congratulations for your 50th post.
Yes very dramatic seems this scene with very contrasted colors.Beautiful composition and very good details.Well done,TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

Buenas Catalin
Una composición muy interesante la que nos muestras, pero quizás los blancos están un poco pasado y es que mira que es difícil sacarlos bien cuando hay una situación con tanta diferencia de colores.
Un saludo

Hi Catalin, lovely couple of swan, wonderful light and colors, great focus, splendid 50th post on TN, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Congratulations on #50. This is a nice capture of these two swans. I like the displaying behavior. I'd like to see the background not quite so unnaturallyl dark, but the contrast is dramatic. TFS
Evelynn : )

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-30 17:22]

Hi Catalin.well done for 50 pictures.Great picture lots of colour and grat light .well done and keeep them coming.

Sal Catalin,
Felicitari pt 50th post,excelenta imaginea,contrast si compozitie super.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-30 21:13]

Hello Catalin,
First congratulations on your 50th posting.
Now your image, I agree with everything you said in your note, he does look a little intimidating. Great capture with great depth from the blurred foreground.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-30 23:58]

Hello Catalin

I love the contrast ,the colours are deep and vibrant.Excellent composition and sharp details and focus.Excellent job.TFS


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-31 5:33]

Hi Catalin, a very nice well composed shot of these swans. Detail, sharpnss light and range of colours on the swans is superb. It all works so well as the surrounding area is dark.
Well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-31 8:21]

Hello Catalin,
Congratulations for your 50th picture. Excellent and vivid shot showing this furious swan trying to chase the intruder. The special light adds to the dramatic character of this scene.Well seen.
best regards

Hello Catalin,
- "a war gallion in full tilt", perfectly well put into words in your notes on what is going on here, well shown with precise details, clear illumination, and dramatic contrasts.
Thank you! Best regards,

Hi Catalin, congratulation on your 50th posting. This is a very good picture. After reading your notes, the aggressive male does seem to look like a war ship in full tilt.Goos work. I liked the colours. The details are good. The blurred BG enhances, or rather does not distract us from the action behind. A very good capture indeed.

I wish that you derive a lot of happiness and success in this beautiful art.

Take care, regards, Kiran

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-31 12:08]

Hello Catalin,
congrats on the mile stone, 50 uploads are a special moment and so is this action you captured in this photograph. Very nice composition, with wonderful scenery and nice action.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-03-31 12:34]

hello Catali

I like the big contrast between the swams and the dark blue water
the composition of your picture is very good



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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-04-06 13:29]

Belle atmosphère intimiste dans un cadrage adéquat.
Bonne journée.

Hello Catalin,
Great picture you´ve chosen to celebrate your 50th post. The action is strong here, like the composition, I like contras between swans and the bands formed by vegetation and water.

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