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Copyright: Jarek Sulik (Jarkinson) (68)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha 100, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-13 16:25
Viewed: 3950
Points: 10
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Hello Jarek.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hello Jarek,
Oh my gosh how cute!!! Only shame is that you cut off mammas pretty reflection..:o) But otherwise a beautiful shot. TFS

lovely composition, great moment captured, well done

Hi Jarek,
Lovely image of this swan and babies. They are so cute! Well captured, TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-05-17 15:37]

Hi Jarek

I like the composition here, but the swan is a little on the bright side. I am pretty sure that the Sony Alpha will have the option, it is just a case of finding it, but you would benefit enormously, look for the AEB button or auto exposure compensation. Try underexposing these pictures by either -2/3's or even -1. The camera will take care of teh rest of the settings for you and calculate the difference exposure settings taht are needed. I had a quick play with you picture and it will handle being dropped in brightness without any problems what so ever...

I also notice that you are on spot metering... make sure that you had the spot (probably the centre focus point) over the swam when you focus and then holding the shutter release button half way down, recompose and then take the picture without releasing or refocusing the camera... that way you keep the exposure values needed for teh picture and can recompose for a better shot that having the swam in the middle of the picture... does that make any sense?

As for the rest of the picture, the cygnets are so cute and very nicely lined up with lots of detail showing. And I like the use of the shallow DOF (F5.6) to get the background nicely OOF and the reed bed is very nicely level as well with the swam and cygnets on a non horizontal angle.


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