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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma AF 100-300/f4.0 EX APO, B+W 82mm UV-HAZE
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 points chapter 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-20 14:16
Viewed: 4618
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Don't worry; this will be my last picture in the Whooper-Swan-portraits-series for a while to come! :) This picture was also taken on that very overcast Friday in the naturepark in Lelystad. I didn't alter much. Just resized the picture for TN, sharpened it (USM 300, 0.3, 0) and added a border.

This is a Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus). It's common name refers to the loud ‘whooping’ calls that it produces. This large white Swan tends to hold its neck erect whilst swimming and that's a very funny sight, particularly if you are used to seeing mute Swans swim. In spring and summer, some adults may develop rusty ‘stained’ plumage on the neck and head caused by the iron-rich water on which they live. It can be distinguished from the smaller Bewick’s Swan in that the wedge-shaped yellow colouration of the bill extends beyond the nostrils, with the rest of the bill being black; in Bewick’s Swans the yellow patch is small and rounded. Juveniles have greyish brown plumage and a pink and black bill.

Whooper Swans breed across northern Eurasia. Most of the Whooper Swans that spend the winter in Britain and Ireland originate from the population that breeds in Iceland. The population breeding in north-western Europe winters in Denmark and parts of Germany, and there are two western Siberian breeding populations; one winters in the eastern Mediterranean while the other migrates to the area around the Caspian Sea. In Britain a few pairs occasionally try to breed in Scotland, but with varying success.

Whooper Swans make use of a wider range of habitats than Bewick’s Swans. They are found on lowland farmland close to the coast, on flooded fields, mudflats, lakes and small ponds and lochs and will graze on farmland in winter. They breed in boggy habitats with pools and small lakes where there are plenty of reeds and other sheltering vegetation.

Info from: http://www.arkive.org/
Hit me when you feel like it! I am wearing my Helmet and body protection. Seriously; write what you think. I can use the lesson and I can really take the criticism. Your criticism is highly appreciated. Thank you!

Shutter Speed: 1/200
F-stop: f/4
Focal length: 300mm
Tripod: no
Flash: no

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-20 14:20]

very very beautiful portrait...
and a wonderful BG...
great details and amazing colors...
it is a great shot Pieter...

prachtig mugshot Pieter,
fantastic details on this heat, prachtige scherpe, goede compositie, goede pov en prachtige dof, progressie Pieter. echt, Ik zie het, goed werk,
gr. Jaap

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-20 14:41]

Hello Pieter, this is a very nice shot. Good profile, the BG is good and a nice catchlight in the eye. Well done.

  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-20 14:49]

Pieter, great portrait. Details are superb, same as sharpness and pastel colours of BG. Bird's face is slightly funny, looks like very happy swan ;-) Black, wise eye complete your great photo. TFS!


Hi Pieter,
Very nice shot and clear details. Well done..

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-20 15:32]

Hello Pieter,
Another nice portrait shot.
Excellent detail and colours,great background.
Perfect exposure too.
Nice work,well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-20 15:37]

Excellent portrait and well done on the composition and details.
Excellent view.


Hi Pieter. This is a lovely portrait shot. The colours and detail are gorgeous and what a beautiful BG! I almost feel I can touch his beak, the details are that good. TFS :)

Lovely portriat Pieter. Tack sharp and a nice OOF BG. No nits, just a pleasure to look at. Very well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-06-20 17:24]

Superbe photo, la netteté, l'exposition et les couleurs sont parfaits.

Félicitations !!

Great mugshot Pieter,
Superb details, sharpness and colors. Nicely exposed and well composed. I like the framing.
Thanks for posting

Yep, that is a perfect mug shot. Seeing as I have taken thousands of them as a police officer, I am an expert on mug shots. I do not think I have ever had one look this good..

An other beauty by you, Lovely shot of beautiful duck. Nicely composed and great detailed image, the bg is great, well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-20 23:04]

Pieter, it's funny and pleasant.

Excellent sharpness, pov, and bg.

He did pose for you; your job is great.

Hi Pieter! This guy looks like he flossed his teeth, and then forgot to take the floss out. Gross, huh? Haha... Great shot with details that are sharp and well exposed. Beautiful colors. What is that black line above the end of his beak?
TFS. : )

Nice close-up of a cute face with a toothpick.
The colour and detail are extremely well,as well as the BG.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-21 5:21]

Hello Pieter!
Very nice swan portrait.Clear eyes and details,BG,DOF,framing and composition are wonderful.Excellent work.TFS...:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-21 6:46]

I love the straw at the corner of his mouth Pieter. Great portrait and BG. Colours and details and sharpness all perfect. Attractive swan. Well done.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-21 7:16]

Hi Pieter. Very good job. Clear details, very good exposure control with nice composition. I loved the fine BG.
Well done.

Great capture Pieter - The side view works VERY well at F/4 ;-) Well done!

Very nice portrait Pieter. The beauty of this for me is the details and subtle coulour in the plumage. Toothpick is a bonus. Very nice work.

Really great capture, Pieter! I will try using your settings on USM since I don't have much experience and most of my photos need a lot of sharpening! ;^)

The colors and POV are great - love the bit of grass in the beak, a nice bonus!


Nice portrait shot Pieter, great sharpness and DOF, well captured too. thanks for sharing

Nice shot, Pieter, better compo than your stork photo. I like your shadow-frame as well!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-06-22 7:26]

Hi Pieter!
I love it... very nice composition, razorsharp details, dof & pov are perfect.


Hi Pieter

Another very nice portrait of this swan. Excellent POV. I love the yellow of the beak and how it reahes the eye. Stunning looking bird. The shot is clear, crisp and tack shape. Detail are fantastc an the catchlight super. Just perfect! Thanks.

hello:) what a beauty shot:) I love colours here:) this portrait is exellent:) great one:)



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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-25 5:52]

Another beautiful and interesting portrait for this swan ! Good POV, colors on neutral BG, DOF and details ! Thanks for sharing Pieter.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-25 8:10]

Hello Pieter!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a good weekend!

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-06-25 11:46]

This is really top of the top! Congratulations

Hi Pieter, congratulation for this series, very nice shots, well presented. Beautiful work.

Cute friend :-)))))))))))

Hi, Pieter.
It's nice portrait. Well composed. Excellent sharpness, colors and details. Nice BG.

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