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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: 2006-05-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70s, 70 - 300mm
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Grooming [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-28 6:44
Viewed: 4392
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Picture taken on the shores of Lake Ontario

Swans, groom themselves regularly. When the swans groom themselves, they tend to come out of the water, ruffle their feathers, and on occasion spread their wings as if they are stretching

Posted this picture yesterday with a different background, but than was made aware that total background changes should not be done on TrekNature.
I do appoligize for breaking the rules and reposted the original shot this mornig. Yesterdays post can be seen in the workshop.


peter_stoeckl, liquidsunshine, Zeno, marhowie, jeanpaul, dew77, Dando, Silke has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To peter_stoeckl: workshopSkyF 2 05-29 05:50
To marhowie: Love it!SkyF 1 05-28 14:54
To wkshelton: fill tool to change back groundSkyF 1 05-28 14:44
To timonejoon: lighter or darkerSkyF 1 05-28 14:38
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Hi Sky

so cute, it is kind of relaxing picture, I like the pose of swana.very thing is good, POV and DOF are great but What do you think about make it lighter? it is a little dark.
let me know your idea.
well done


Hallo Sky,
die strahlend weißen Federn sind in perfekten Schattierungen durchgezeichnet und liefern eine wunderbare Umrahmung des farbenfrohen und kontrastreichen Kopfes, der tief in diese Federn taucht.
Für diesen eindrucksvollen Detailausschnitt könnte ich mir eine größere Präsentation ohne breiten dunklen Rahmen, und mit weniger Hintergrung zur rechten Seite auch sehr schön vorstellen.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

Hello Sky,
Its just as beautiful as it was yesturday, Great job, Perfct in everyway, How did you change the BG anyway, TFS Kyle

hallo sky,
schade um die andere aufnahme,
mit dem schwazen hintergrund (wie bei TL)
kommt alles besser zur geltung.
aber diese hier ist auch wunderschön,
die unter-den-federn-reiningungs-pose ist
einfach super.
ich könnte mir, wie peter, auch einen engeren crop mit weniger bg auf der rechten seite gut vorstellen.
jedenfalls, danke schön für diese gelungene aufnahme
und viele grüße, thor.

Hi Sky,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-05-28 8:57]

Hi Sky,

I like the unusual pose of the swan. Its a bit of a puzzle but you keep looking at this photo.
My compliments.


Hello Sky,
I like the interesting POV in this preening pose. Great sharp detail, DOF, and the hint of red stands out in the frame, drawing your attention to the head :)
I did a quick WS, hope you don't mind.
OK..darn it..I just saw your WS :)
Very well done and TFS!

Bonjour Sky
très jolie prise de vue avec ce cygne après faire sa toilette.les couleurs et les détails sont très beaux.
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-28 11:06]

Hi Sky
Swans are beautiful always but you show this one in a very graceful posture. It seem almost a fantasy! A very lovely shot.
José M.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-28 12:29]

Hello Sky,
Very nice capture.I liked POV,moment you caught,details on white feathers and composition a lot.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-05-28 16:19]

Hi Sky, nice shot showing us the plumage of this swan. Well exposed and good lighting and detail. Well done and TFS.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-28 19:27]

Hi Sky
Beautiful composition. Great sharpnes, colours, details, DOF and POV. Also nice frame.
Well done Sky


Beautiful picture, Sky. It made me realize how many good shots I'm possibly missing because the swans in the pond on my way to work are always there and I think of them as of something common. In fact they are very interesting subject to photograph as witnessed in this image. Thank you and congratulations,

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