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Is dedicated to Hilary

Is dedicated to Hilary
Photo Information
Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-28 0:19
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first Swan shot and I dedicate it to my great friend Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) – the big fan and the author of numerous fine pictures of so fine swans.

In Odessa it is seldom possible to meet these majestic birds. They, as a rule, appear only in the winter in water area of the Black sea, not having had time to depart to warm edges. My first attempt to photograph wild swans in Crimea during a trip to Alushta in September have not crowned success. All photos have been overexposed.

Hilary has kindly shared the own experience of photographing of swans with me.

This picture was taken in known national park-arboretum Sophievsky in Uman where we have gone on excursion by all my family.

My best regards to Hilary and all members of TN, whose experience is always useful to any inquisitive person.

Add. equipment and info:

Teleconverter: Kenko AF 1.4x Teleplus Pro DG
Flash: Konica Minolta Program Flash 5600HS
Focal length: 98 mm

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Hi Alexei,
Hil will be vry happy and glad for this dedication.
The details and exposure are spot on, not easy with a swan but you manage very good, it' details both in the black and white parts.Nic POV and good DOF, the swan standout well from the BG.
Well done, my friend.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-28 1:23]

Hi Alexei

Great close up shot, with a superb POV and pose, I almost expect to hear him tapping on the screen, perfect details and exposure which I know is hard with these white beauties, the colours are really lovely with a great blue BG. Gert is correct I am really happy with this dedication, many thanks.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hello Alexei,
Excellent swan portrait!
Plumage is simply great, white is well exposed and comes out with superb details...
Good pose and well framed, very well done on the close-up work!
Pablo -

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-11-28 2:16]

Priviet Alexei!

Very nice portrait of swann, one of best on TN. Perfect details, composition and sharpness. Very suitable BG. Looks like photo from studio.

Hello Alexei,
Great sharpness and clarity. The swan floats out from background. Very nice composition. Outstanding picture.

A swan portrait of extraordinary sharpness and clarity, Alexei. Despite its large size, it is perfect from every point of view.
My compliments for doing an excellent job.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-28 3:50]

Hi Alex, you are so close to the swan and show him so nice and sharply. I like seeing the tiny drops of water on his feathers. Very well displayed, and the glinty in his eye looks good too. TFS

Hi dear Alexei ,
very nice shot . it has good sharpness.ann it is lovely.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-28 4:01]

Hi Alexei

A very beautiful and fitting dedication! I'm sure Hilary is more than pleased with such a gesture :)
The picture, as all before me said, is a beauty!
The POV is great, the DOF well chosen and the exposure very well balanced. Lovley colors and very nice sharp details, too!

Great work, once more, my friend!
Bravo and TFS

Hi Alexei,

A superb swan portrait. So sharp and with a perfect DOF. You were really close to it. No fear ? ;o)
Really pleasant picture. The blue background emphasizes the whiteness of the feathers.
Well seen and well done my friend.


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-11-28 5:29]

Hello Alexei,
What a great portrait of this beautifull swan. It is a royal animal great to see. Perfect on sharpness and details. POV and BG are great.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-28 7:17]

Hello Alex,
beautiful swan portrait with beautiful details. Sharp to the smallest droplett in the swans feathers. Very nice POV and the exposure is excellent.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-28 7:49]

Privet Alexei,
Very nice portrait of mute swan.Details on white fearthers are perfect.POV,catchlight in eyes,simple BG and composition are also excellent.

Hi Alexei,
WOW! That is a superb portrait shot. Excellent composition and framing. Spot on exposure has the colors and detail in the plumage looking perfect. Great backround really shows it to is fullest. Nice work!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-28 12:40]

Hi Alexei.
This is great portrait with very nice details and splendid colours.Composition as well as pose those beauty is perfect.
Congratulate and TFS.

Hi Alexei,
Great sharpness and very fine details. Nice and neat blue BG. Great potrait of this white swan.

Ben Lakitan

bonjour alex
ho,ce gros plan est vraiment tres detaillé et parfaitement exposé.
rien a dire il est parfait(merci au modele).

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-11-28 14:56]

Hello alex,
An excellent close up.
Very well managed and controlled exposure.
Nice detail of the white plumage.
Excellent work,well done.


This is indeed a MAGNIFICIENT gift to your friend.
Such detail, such sharpness; in short it is:
Wish someday I shall capture & make images of this
nature. With CLASS.!!!
Best regards,

Hello Alesei
La prise de vue est très jolie avec cet xcellent portrait, splendide netteté, beaux détails et belles couleurs.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Alexei,
this is a very nice portrait from the Swan. I like it very much. Great POV, DOF, excellent sharpness and exposure. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting.

Hi Alexei,
Great quality portrait!
Perfect exposure, excellent detail and nicely framed.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Alexei,
What a graceful beauty that you caught here. Exposure, details, POV and composition are just great! I like those little droplets of water and the fact that it fills the entire frame. This lightning is very natural despite the use of flash. This is a beautiful shot, congratulations. PS, I also like the fact that you dedicated to Hilary; we love her here, don't we? Thanks,

belle tête de cygne,je les aimes particulièrement et je vien de finire une série.le vôtre est très beau. Thomas

Beautiful capture - clean and clear portrait of a swan. And truly love the composition...Nicely presented.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-11-30 5:39]

Hello Alexei,
Great shot with excellent details and composition

Hello Alexei,
truly majestic!
excellently managed unsaturated colours.
Superb image of high end quality.
Your very advanced skills of macro photography have enabled you to create a bird portrait with breathtaking, just magnificent details!
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-11-30 16:14]

Hi Alexei!
Great shot, you have very well captured this graceful bird, sharp and clear colours, nice closeup and drops details, and certainly a beautiful subject!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-30 16:28]

Hi Alexei,
You have set an stantand in whites reproduction! Perfect exposure, details, composition and a beautiful portrait.
TFS, José M.

quoi dire de plus!!! exposition, macro, détails, couleurs, BG tout est vraiment une super réussite
de prof.
bravo amitiès

Well done Alexei.
You nailed the exposure and the color looks natural. Good detail, DOF, POV, and it's a well composed close portrait frame..The blue-gray uniform BG compliments well also. Nice catchlight :)
Have a nice weekend!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-03 13:47]

This is very like a shot Hilary would take. Nice POV and wonderful sharp details



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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-12-04 15:06]

Hello Alexei,

What a wonderful picture of that swan!!! Exposition, pov, blue, bg, focus cannot be better!!! I like the way he holds the head... And also the little spark in the eye!!! Great picture and TFS,


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-12-11 17:23]

hello Alexei
you are presenting impressive portrait photo of a nice swan. composition, POV, BG, DOF, colours, focus, sharpness and details are great

Hi Alexei what a nice dedication to Hilary with a fantastic detailed headshot of this beautifull swan nice exposure in the whites good POV well posed TFS rgds Necip.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-31 4:53]

Dear Alexei
With this amazing and beautiful portrait of this magestic bird I want to thank you for all the great moments enjoying your marvellous pictures and your pleasant comments. I hope to keep enjoying with a lot more from you during the next year.
Have a great Night and may 2008 will bring you great moments and lots of Happiness!!
With my best wishes

Dear Alexei
Excellent portarit of this Swan,
Perfect details,exposure and BG,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Best wishes for 2008 :o)

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