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Black Beauty (ii)

Black Beauty (ii)
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Swans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-10 3:21
Viewed: 3739
Points: 35
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Black Swan
SWAN (Cygnus atratus)

The black swan is an Australian bird that flew into New Zealand in the 1860’s at the same time as acclimatisers were releasing it, resulting in an explosion of numbers. However, from the 1970s on farm silt run-off killed the water plants that swan depend on. Starving birds began to eat grass, leading to culls in which many thousands of the birds were killed until their numbers adapted to their impoverished circumstances. In other areas, where water plants persist, swan numbers remain strong so most regions can still allow limited swan hunting opportunities.

The issue of lake pollution, and therefore the swans’ future, is one in which Fish & Game NZ takes a special interest.


I realize it looks like quite a bit of noise on the water, but I have put it through the Noiseware Filter and this lot has remained.

red45, sway, LordPotty, dew77, coasties, carper, scottevers7, tiobibi, wallhalla15, Luc, sarju, thor68 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To livios: Good job!Janice 1 10-11 02:40
To cafecrem: Thanks JoannaJanice 1 10-10 15:33
To wishnugaruda: Thank you SabineJanice 1 10-10 15:29
To coasties: Thanks PamJanice 1 10-10 06:05
To gypsy52: Thanks KrisJanice 2 10-10 04:59
To LordPotty: Thanks SteveJanice 1 10-10 04:45
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-10 3:50]

Hi Janice!

Good composition of this shot. I like pose of this black beauty. Big red beak looks nice with all these black feathers. Water made good BG, noise isn't disturbing. TFS!

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-10-10 4:24]

HI Janice,
NIce shot. I hope he didn't pek you he is so close ;)
Nice work.
I like the DOF it make me feel like he is about to climb out of my screen.
NIce work

Nice portrait Janice.I've seen these,but never really noticed the white band across the beak before.Very interesting.

Hi Janice, your photo certainly is a beauty! The sharpness and depth of color is excellent. The DOF is just right too. I did a WS by running your photo through Neat Image so you could see what it would do for the noise. Check it out and let me know what you think. TFS! Regards, Kris

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-10 5:24]

Hi Janice,
Hey look who is coming our of my screen!
DOF is so perfect! Very good shot...
Thanks for sharing this black beauty:)

Hi Janice

I was going to post a close up of a black swan tonight. I took it last week when Mark and I did a day trip to Taupo. When I saw yours I decided not to post is. Will do mine tomorrow night. POV is good. Looks like a lot of noise in the BG and the swan has been a bit distorted with the PP. I think too much Noiseware. You would have been better off to select the background with magnetic lasso tool, and run a blur tool to hide the noise. The swan would have retained some better clarity. Just my opinion. TFS.

What a sweet "face" :-)
Amazing shot and nice to know your friendly swan.

PS. Thank you for e-mail. I'll try to write you as soon as possible :-)

it´s a beauty Jancie,
And I like the way you took the shot, very nice composition, with a fantastic pov a great details and a wonderful dof, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-10 7:14]

This is great Janice!! The details are so sharp and the image is just crystal clear. Great pose and very well exposed. Well done & TFS!


Hi Janice'
Great capture on this Black Swan. Super nice detail and colors in this one. Looks like he is coming after you here.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-10-10 14:49]

Nice capture of this lovely Black Swan .
Good colors,frame,focus,pov and dof.TFS

Hi Janice, this is realy a black beauty with good sharpness, I can see the waterdrops on the feathers. The colour of the beak is pretty with the white stripe. The background is a little noisy, I tried to reduce this in a workshop and would be pleased, if you take a look. Thanks for this shot, have a nice day
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Nice portrait shot Janice, great sharpness and DOF, well captured too. Thanks for sharing.

Janice, the picture is very nice.

Excellent pov, composition and vivid colors.

As for the noise, I present you just another alternative; after all, the guys above have already done great jobs.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-10 21:21]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Janice.

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  • sarju Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 10] (51)
  • [2005-10-11 1:41]

Hi Janice
it is the bright red beak contrasting with the dark background that this photo is all about
thanks for showing us
cheers .... sarju

wonderful portrait, janice! :-)
as you say yourself it looks a bit noisy
but that does not matter,
the red eyes and beak are so clear,
i really like that!
once in a while we, too, see a black swan here in germany, but only when it has escaped from the zoo.
great shot, thor.

Hi Janice,
I love to see birds on TN, and this is really a very good shot, well composed and showing the most significative part of this swan. Good POV on the half side and nice to see just a part of the blurred feathers in the back. Yes, there is noise, but efficiently solved in the WS.

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