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*Turning the Eggs*

*Turning the Eggs*
Photo Information
Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-05-12 2:06
Viewed: 3621
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What was first - the swan or the egg?*g*

For the second year in a row the Swans are breeding at
my next door pond in the Blücher Park.
While i was checking how things were going she got up
and had a look at her babies - and this was the one
lucky shot i got of that...unfortunately the light was
a bit harsh, but i thought it would be interesting to

Swan eggs are greenish and have a size of 115 x 75 mm
and a weight of about 350g.
Normally there are 5-10 eggs and the breeding time is
around 35 days. 1 egg is laid every 48 hours and
the real breeding starts normally after the last egg
is there, so that the chicks all hatch around the same

...in the mean time 6 baby-swans have hatched.
photos of them will follow later.


Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 01.05.2008 14:58:26
Aufnahmemodus P (Programmautomatik)
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/250
Av (Blendenzahl) 8.0
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Belichtungskorrektur 0
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 320
Objektiv 18-250mm
Brennweite 141.0 mm
Bildgröße 2592x3888
Bildqualität Fein
Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart One-Shot AF
Bildstil Standard
Schärfe 3
Kontrast 0
Farbsättigung 0
Farbton 0
Farbraum sRGB
Rauschreduzierung bei Langzeitbelichtung 1:Automatisch
High ISO Rauschreduzierung 1:Eingeschaltet
Tonwert Priorität 1:Eingeschaltet
Dateigröße 3906 KB
Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit geringer Geschwindigkeit

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Hello Thorsten,
A fitting composition that is more of dedication to Mother's Day. The PoV is really excellent with the way you have the mother swan bending over the eggs as she waits them to hatch.
I tried a workshop to work on tyhat white exposure at the corner. Hope you wont mind.
TFS & Cheers

Good interest Thorsten,
The bird is definitely doing something, always a plus..
Great DOF/detail, and a good perspective of the egg management procedure :)
Well done & TFS,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-12 8:10]

Hi Thorsten,

I think it was the egg or was it just the other way around,maybe I forgot,anyway its a nice capture with good colors and details,I like the fact that mums big feet are still visible,hope you can make some nice captures of the youngsters in due time,regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-12 8:33]

Hi Thorsten,
Wonderful shot of this mother swan tending its eggs. Nice tender moment captured with very impressive sharpness and colours. I like the surrounding wher it has laid the eggs and the way she bends over to see. Superb lighting and exposure levels. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Thorsten,

Excellent capture of this Mute Swan taking care of the eggs. Great composition, nice pose, sharp details, very good lighting and natural bright colours.



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