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Copyright: Sky Fa (SkyF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70s, 70 - 300mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Trumpeter Swans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-15 8:04
Viewed: 3622
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When sleeping the Trumpeter's head and neck lie along back between wings. This one is just waking up after a rest on the beach.

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Hi Sky,
Very nice picture here..!
On dirais une fleur...! Good shot..!
Best regards,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-15 10:13]

Hello Sky,
Funny capture.I liked POV,pose of swan,details on white feathers and composition a lot.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2006-12-15 10:16]

Hi Sky,
Nice shot,
Very well presented,
Clear details and sharpness

Cool shot Sky, I like it.
You handled the difficult exposure well, with all that light & shadow :)
Great detail, POV, and overall interest here..
Happy Holidays!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-15 13:18]

Hi Sky.
Amazing moments and scene. You managed to reproduce plumage of this wonderful swan perfectly. Range of white tones is excellent. Great details, expressive sunlight, fine water surface and daring cropping. Superb job and my compliments.

Hi Sky,
Marvellous shot.
Very well composed..
Grea POV, details and sharpness.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-15 14:47]

Hi Sky,
Beautiful pose, colors, details, compostion and frame. White reproduction is perfect and the water with white reflection is spot on!
TFS, José M.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-15 16:25]

Excellent timing, this looks great. Nice pov and nice details on those difficult white feathers



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-15 21:26]

Hello Sky

A very unique pose you have captured here.Excellent POV and DOF.The details are sharp and crisp.Nicely composed with lovely colours.Well done.TFS


Hi Sky

What a funny shot. This swan looks very awkward! Good timing, nicely composed with very good exposure! :-)

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-12-16 2:31]

Belle capture, beaux détails, image trés douce


Hello Sky,
A little beauty indeed!
Looks like an unfolding feather ball, and you expose the subject well!
Great details and that beak is awesome!
Pablo -

beau et rare de voire un cygne de cette manière,belle prise. Thomas

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-16 22:46]

Nice tight crop and good composition!
So are they grumpy when they first awake?

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-17 3:05]

Hi Sky.
You succeeded catch very interesting moment.Much me like perfect saturation whites colours plumage as well as splendid details.Fine is blurry blue background.Amazing composition and work with light.
Well done,nice work.
Thanks for sharing.
Greetings Milos

bonjour sky
c'est un peu dommage que le bas soit coupé mais l'ensemble est bon avec une exposition bien maitrisée malgrés le soleil ommipresent.

Hi, Sky.
Lovely shot. Pose is just excellent. Good details and sharpness.

Bonjour Sky
Très joli ce beau portrait, les détails des plumes de ce magnifique cygne sont fantastiques. Les contrastes sont réussis très jolis couleurs
et beau BG
Bravo et merci JP

Elegantly captured - with great composition and nice detail...

Hi Sky,
Very flexible body, acrobatic pose.
Nice tight cropping.
Nice shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Sky,
I really like the unusual pose. Great timing on this one. That is a difficult shot with all the contrast between the white plumage and black beak. You managed the light well and balanced it out as well as possible. Spot on focus has sharp detail with perfect DOF here. Nice one.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-18 14:57]

Hi Sky,

Very good picture of this elegant Swan, the pose is great, its amazing how they tuck their necks between their wings like this, very nice detail great exposure and lovely colours with the great ice blue water.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Sky,
You´ve captured a really beautiful moment. The edges of the swan even have a kind of dreamy effect created by the light hitting the feathers. Great details and a beautiful blue BG. Just a small pitty that you didn´t capture the bottom part.

Hi Sky!
Very intersting and unusual pose you have caught and shown here. It is getting be ball-form. Superb timing, brilliant capture. Bravo and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-19 17:52]

Un blanco maravilloso, textura y detalles muy agradables, composición original... muchos saludos Sky.

Hello Sky,
What a pose that you caught! This is very nice with excellent POV and composition. Details and exposure look good. Well done! Thanks,

Hi Sky ,
excellent shot.
wery well exposed.
good sharpness.
nice colors.

best regards

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-12-21 17:13]

Hi Sky,

Nicely captured, well done on the comp.


Hallo Sky,
was für eine eindrucksvolle Pose, und welch herrlich reiche Schattierungen im weißen Gefieder vor eisblauem Wasser!
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

Dir und Deiner Familie ein schönes Weihnachtsfest!

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-02-04 3:01]

Hi SkyF,
this is wonderful picture of a swan.
You have captured it in unusual pose.
The light is perfect,it well expresses the feathers.Superb!
Best regards,

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