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Grumpy Old . . . !

Grumpy Old . . . !
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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: 2005-11-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-06 4:29
Viewed: 3153
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mute swan
Cygnus olor

This Mute Swan was at Auckland Zoo. It was a very grumpy swan and not nice to be near. Fortunately it couldn’t climb over the rock wall that was only a few feet high. I didn’t stay long – just long enough to get a few shots of it.

The mute swan is one of seven swan species found world–wide and was introduced to New Zealand from 1866. It maintains a shaky hold in the wild on wetlands in Hawke’s Bay, North Canterbury and Lake Ellesmere. Some live in a semi–feral state in town parks. They once numbered several hundred in the wild but the April 1968 Wahine storm destroyed much of their feeding habitat in their stronghold at Lake Ellesemere and the population crashed. There are now perhaps only 100 in the wild.

In New Zealand it is a protected introduced species. Its natural range is northern Eurasia from Great Britain to eastern Russia.

The lifespan of the swan can be up to 25 years, but in the wild some only survive for five or six years. Some of the reasons for this can be collisions with powerlines, attacks by dogs, lead poison from digesting fishing weights, lead shot from ducks that have died and rotted in lakes after being shot, and botulism. Not pleasant deaths!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-06 5:28]

Nice one Janice. I like its pose, he is busy with his own business and don't care about people. Very terrific note about swans' deaths! Last Saturday we walked in Zdrowie Park and saw old couple with young ones. But it was so cold day that we weren't so brave to touch our cameras ;-)

Hi Janice!
Great portrait. I like this pose "time for toilet" at your picture

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-06 5:51]

Hi Janice, Don't know why you call him grumpy, he looks loving and tender to me. very nice photographed. I like the way you cropped it to focus on the lines (one of the attributes of swans, I think) and your colour tone is excellent.

Superb and crisp (and smooth by the nature of subject) shot.
By the way, how do you know that is old?

Regards, Petru

Hi Janice,
Your exposure here seems to be excellent. a couple hot spots in the whites, but mostly fine detail and color. I love the pose. Composition and framing are outstanding. Great shot!

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-12-06 9:40]

Hi Janice. Lovely pose. Great capture of such a white subject. The lighting and colour of Swan are perfect. Very good photo!!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-06 9:51]

Hello Janice!
Very nice capture.Framing,POV,details,colors and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Lovely shot Janice!
Perfect framing and very interesting POV. Great details and colours, nice lighting.
I like it very much.

Hello Janice,
pose is excellent, good work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-07 11:04]

Hi Janice, a very interesting viewpioint and composition. It's a p[retty tough one to expose and apart from being a little burnt on the top it's not too bad. I'm wondering if a tighter crop at the top would give it more impact.

Well done.

Hi Janice,
Very nice capture.POV,framing and composition are wonderful.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-09 22:53]

Hello Janice!
No post today? Busy for Holidays?

Personal assessment of the photo: very good. I think there is some OE ;-)
Capacity of evocation in me: very strong.
Strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Sister.

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