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Swan on the Water

Swan on the Water
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Copyright: Leon Smith (cobbydale) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 14] (66)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-04 17:08
Viewed: 3148
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this picture just after 5PM on an October day as the sun was getting low. It was part of the same session in which I also took this shot.

The light seemed really warm to me, as did the reflected colours off the nearby boats, but it was the swans who were the stars of the show for me.

I believe Swan on the Water is also the title of a "lost song" by Bob Dylan, recorded for a TV play in the UK in the early 60's but lost by the BBC.

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Hello Leon,

A warm welcome to TN.
This is a lovely image to start of with.
Very good composition with wonderful ruffles on the water surface, reflectionson the water of the boats in the background and a beautiful swan in the midle of all to complete this beauty.
Technically very good work with excellent clarity, sharpness and exposure due to wich all details, including the whites of the feathers, wich is'nt easy, are wonderfully visible.
In my opinion the swan is'nt really the star in this show although it's a lovely bird, but the colored reflections are overwhelming and therefore the eye, atleast mine do, are more atrackted to that colored reflections than the swan.
All together this is, like I mentioned before, a lovely imge.
Very well seen and excecuted. Thanks for sharing.
Really hope to see more of these wonderful images from you in the near future.

Best regards and have a great weekend,


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-04-04 17:48]

Hi Leon , welcome , this is a wonderful photo , the swan is beautiful , with great focus , and detail's . I do find the reflection a bit distracting I think that it is mostly the line's of the reflection intersecting with the swan , it pulls at the eye, but still a very nice image any ways. thanks for sharing it.



Hi Leon,
Very beautiful and well composed shot with a nice low-front POV and great effect created by the ripples in the water. The color in the water introduced by the reflection of the building was a good choice.

Checked out the other photo on TE ... NEAT!!



Lovely calm shot here with some lovely colours. Welcome to TN and a top start !


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-05 9:00]

Hi Leon

Welcome to TN, and a great first post to start with, nicely composed with the Swan well placed in the frame, nice sharp details and lovely evening light, the reflected colours on the water are really nice, I have taken quite a few shots on water and am always amazed at what effects you can get, even a old skip can add a nice orange touch!

Have a great Weekend!

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-05 17:09]

Hola Leon, muy bonita fotografia, con buen color y buena luz, los reflejos en el agua dan mayor atractivo a la toma. Un saludo

Hello Leon,
First of all, hearty welcome on TN!
Also thanks for your kind critique on my recent dragonfly picture.
Your maiden posting on TN is remarkably beautiful.
Though the Swan is captured very well, it is the water that complements the main subject.
It is the combination of silver and gold colours on water that lends a unique charm to this lovely image.
Looking forward to more of your work and with warm regards,

Lovely reflections framing and composition are excellent.
With these sorts of images I am sure you will score highly on TN....welcome.

Hi Leon, welcome on TN, fascinating light, great composition with lovely swan and splendid reflections, great sharpness and beautiful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-04-08 16:46]

Hi Leon,
Welcome to TN and for a first it's a beautiful one!
Love the warm colours in the water!
You've managed the whites beautifully and the swan looks so elegant in your composition!
Very well done!


Hello Leon,
Very nice shot, excellent composition, good point of view and very lovely light, very good sharpness and depth of field, beautiful natural colors and nice pose.


fine framing, nice details in the reflections, the sharpness can't be better,

Welcome to TN Leon and thankyou for the kind words hope you enjoy the site as I have. A fine shot here with interesting light and colourfull reflections a good decision to leave the space in front of the bird. Technically good. tfs rgds Necip

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-04-11 12:41]

Hi Leon

Welcome to Trek Nature. You have started well posting a shot with wonderful light. Nice POV and well composed as well.

I hope you enjoy the site as much as I have



Hi Leon, welcome to TN!
Fine image to begin with here. You acheived very good detail of the swan's white plumage and it's placement in the image makes for a fine composition. The water and reflections are a beautiful colorful addition. Well done!
Tfs Richard

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