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Getting a head start

Getting a head start
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Copyright: William Jacobs (oldferret) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 395] (1837)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-11
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-13 1:54
Viewed: 3313
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken at the local wildlife reserve in Andover, there where three swans trying to sort out their territories, and a lot of flying up and down the lake. Managed to find a spot where I could just about pan long enough to get a shot. The Mute Swan is usually semi-tame and can be approached. Coming to the shore to beg for bread, hissing and snorting in a nervy show of aggression. There are not mute as the name suggests making strangled trumpeting sounds. In the UK they are protected, they all belong to the Queen and are controlled by the Swan Upper. Size150cm 8-14kg.

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Hello William,
a nice action picture of a take off mute swan
It's well composed with pretty good sharpness and exposure.
Maybe the frame it s bit to much but that's of course personal.
Well done,
Have a nice weekend.

Hi William

Great shot capturing the effort that these large birds need to exert to get airborne. Good exposure retains detail in white plumage of the swan.



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-13 11:21]

Hi William. I like your picture of the Swan taking off . Good timing to get this one. It gives a good sence of movement. with natural colours and detail in the open wings. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-13 12:07]

Hi William,
Excellent action shot.I liked sharpness,details and moment you caught a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

hello William

what superb dynamic photo of the Swan running before his flight,
superb timing from you to shoot it in photo,
fine POV and framing, i love the foots movement
it is with the swan's pose that is giving dynamism to the photo,



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