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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-07 14:32
Viewed: 3033
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I went to take some pictures of swans gliding majestically around the lake (like Hilary's shots) but I found them all asleep on the bank. So very quietly I took a few shots and then left them to doze in the sunlight.

Swans and British History from the RSPB:
During the Middle Ages, the mute swan was considered to be a valuable commodity and was regularly traded between noblemen. The owners of swans were duty bound to mark their property by way of a succession of unique nicks in the beaks of their birds. It was the duty of the Royal Swanmaster to organise the annual swan-upping, a tradition that survives to this day.

The role of swan-upping was to round up unmarked cygnets and once the parentage of the cygnets had been established to the swanmasters satisfaction, the birds could be marked appropriately and returned to the wild. The ceremony exists these days in a largely symbolic form, although as an exercise it is useful in monitoring the condition and number of swans on the Thames.

The only two companies that still observe the tradition of owning swans on the Thames are the Worshipful Companies of Vintners and Dyers. The Royal swans are no longer marked, but an unmarked mute swan on the Thames is regarded as belonging to the Queen by default. The Queen still maintains an officially appointed Swan Keeper, and the ceremony still takes place on the Monday of the third week in July.

The Queen has a prerogative over all swans in England and Wales. The Swan Keeper also despatches swans all over the world, sent as gifts in the Queens name.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-07 15:05]

Hello Karan,
Very nice capture.Well seen and composed.POV,framing,moment you caught and cvisual impact are wonderful.

Hi Karan,

Interesting perspective on this fine specimen, it conveys quite an abstract quality. The swan appears very cosy and warm and you've accentuated this through the tight crop.

Good work, TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-07 15:48]

Hi Karan,
Extremely sensitive photo that guarantees a sweet dreams even for the beholder. A really beautiful composition, mf.
TFS, José M.

Good crop on this, getting tight in like that makes this shot different from the standard swan shot...

Hi Karan lovely sleeping swan, great details and good colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Karen,

well done and captured I guess even bird need to rest. Excllent colors bg POV DOF, perfet exposure welld one

TFS Kyle

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-03-07 21:30]

Hey, nice shot Karan.You have captured a good moment. Sleeping beauty of the swan lake?Good composition, pov and crop.

  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-07 21:47]

Hello Karan

Shhh don't wake it.(whispering) a lovely close up shot of this mute swan.The details are excellent and the plumage is well exposed and well detailed.Nicely cropped and composed.TFS


PT ;)

Hello Karan,
This is a nice close-up!
From the thumnail I got no idea what it is, big surprise when opening...
Well framed subject, excellent exposure!
Pablo -

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-08 3:58]

salut Karan,
au début on se demande ce que représente l'image compte tenu de l'oeil fermé. Très bon choix d'avoir serré le cadrage, mais je me demande si je n'aurais pas laissé plus de crâne. Belle douceur.


Lovely composition. Nicely cropped to create a quiet, intimate photo. Good contrast, detail and clarity. The swan has the "original" down pillow, eh? TFS

Hi Karan,
Lovely capture of this swan!
I like a lot the unusual pose and the POV used to present it to us.
You've created a very good graphic proposal with all this white feathers.
It works pretty well the composition made.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hello Karan,
There is a great mood of tenderness in this picture. I love this close shot with soft details (they are sharp but with soft texture...) and this great control you had on the white. This is well composed and beautiful. Thanks!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-08 10:56]

Hi Karan.
Lyrical at highest range shot and taken with great love and skillfulness. Reflection of the bird mood, its pose and plumage are really perfect. Title is extremely exact.Bravo and my compliments.

bonjour karan
j'avais vu cette photo hier mais je n'avais plus de points a attribuer.
j'aime beaucoup la douceur de ce cliché et je pense cela ferait un bonne oreillet!
bonne exposition.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-08 13:01]

Lovely photo of a sleeping beauty, Karan. I like the contrast between the head and the body feathers. Difficult exposure problem handled well. Good job! TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-08 13:49]

Hello Karan,
Very well composed, and the details, sharpness and lighting are excellent. TFS

Hi Karen,
The tight crop and composition works very well here. Great color and detail in the white plumage. A dramatic shot. Well done!

Gotta revisit for the well deserved :)

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-09 11:41]

Hi karen, lovely compoisition of the swan, truly at ease with the world. Great close up with nice sharp detail on the head and feathers. Wonderful POV that really draws you in.

Salut Karan
Elle est très jolie cette prise de vue de ce cygne après faire la sieste,il dormait très bien car tu ne l'as pas réveillé.Les couleurs et les détails sont très jolis.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-10 8:27]

Buenas tardes Karan,
mágnifica imagen, buenos detalles y precioso y original momento.
saludos Buen fin de semana

Hello Karan !
What a peaceful and serene picture ! I love your tight crop around the swan's head, wonderful composition and excellent POV. Beautiful natural colors and excellent exosure, even if it must have been difficult because of contrast betwen whiteand black. Very well done !

Hola Karan
Unos dulces sueños son los que nos presentas, buena composición y buenos blancos.
Un saludo

Hola Karan,
Una imagen muy bella y encantadora, composición, luz y texturas muy agradables. Un cordial saludo

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-17 11:09]

Hello Karan,
I like this composition a lot You cropped the shot well and filled the frame with wonderful details. Colors, POV and sharpness are great.

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