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Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone
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Copyright: John David (johnnymag) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 39] (198)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-28
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-30 16:59
Viewed: 3456
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi, an action shot from the lake near to where I live. Two adult mute swans, sorting out a local disagreement amongst themselves, although it involved an awful amount of squabbaling. It went on for at least a minute and whilst they were turning circles, they got nearer and nearer to me, so I was able to frame this shot. No cropping or sharpening. Just a slight adjustment in the lighting levels.
Hope you like it.

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2005-05-30 17:15]

Unique I am sure.. what a surprising shot. The agitation is palpable.. and well captured. and that water just spraying all over tells of the encounter as well.. Lighting is good.. and so is the sharpness where it counts. Thanks John that is a very nice shot.

A very good action shot, indeed. We usually see the romantic side of swans, and forget these big birds can be quite aggressive when upset. Except for the blown highlights on the left wing of the swan on the right and the right wing of the LH swan, perfectly exposed - correctly exposing bright white's is apparently a consistent problem with digital cameras. You might want to see if careful use of layers could help you save something there.

Great action shot!
Details are really good, the water droplets looks great and you even managed to frame it quite well.
The photo is really special and has great uproar mood.
I like it very much.
Well done!

Hello John

Wonderful action shot. Look at all that water. Well captured. Excellent timing. Awesome work. Thanks.

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2005-06-02 13:11]

Very good, and the white are good (not burned) congratulations, the photo of this fight is very well done. TFS

You've done well to frame another great action shot here John.
A little more space in front of the swans would be ideal,but its still an excellent shot by any standards.
Brilliant clarity and very well timed.
Great stuff!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-10 4:15]

These swans can be quite vicious and nasty, especially these mute swans. You were quick off the mark too John. The water drops look great and so do teh birds. Well done, thank you

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