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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Swans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-11 3:52
Viewed: 4159
Points: 37
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After two steps it will give a big hug!Isn't it seem like that?
Taken at Darıca Zoo,İzmit.

Focal lenght...70mm
Metering mode..multi-pattern
Exposure comp..0EV
White balance..Auto
Exposure mode..A priority

infos from:http://www.amonline.net.au/factsheets/black_swan.htm

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
The Black Swan has a body length of up to 142 cm, with the females being smaller than the males. In adults, the body is mostly black, with the exception of broad white wing tips, which are visible in flight. The bill is a deep orange-red, paler at the tip, with a distinct narrow white band towards the end. Younger birds are much greyer in colour, and have black wing tips. It is the only entirely black-coloured swan in the world.
Distribution and Habitat:
Black Swans are found throughout Australia with the exception of Cape York Peninsula, and are more common in the south. They prefer larger salt, brackish or fresh waterways and permanent wetlands, requiring 40 m or more of clear water to take off.
Outside the breeding season, Black Swans travel quite large distances. Birds fly at night and rest during the day with other swans. The Black Swan has been introduced into several countries, including New Zealand, where it is now common, and is a vagrant to New Guinea.
Food and feeding:
The Black Swan is a vegetarian. Food consists of algae and weeds, which the bird obtains by plunging its long neck into water up to 1 m deep. Occasionally birds will graze on land, but they are clumsy walkers.
In the north, the Black Swan breeds from February to May, with June to September preferred by birds in the south. Birds form isolated pairs or small colonies in shallow wetlands. Birds pair for life, with both adults raising one brood per season. Up to ten eggs are laid in an untidy nest made of reeds and grasses. The nest is placed either on a small island or floated in deeper water. The chicks are covered in grey down, and are able to swim and feed themselves as soon as they hatch.

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  • Good 
  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-02-11 4:49]
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Good sharp photo, I would have liked to see more of it.

Pretty and lordy! I really love him!
Good job, great photo!

  • Great 
  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-11 6:48]
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Wonderful photo, razorsharp. Too bad you cropped the legs and feet of the Swan. And the left wing which is cut off is a pity too. Still it is a good picture. :)

i wouldn't give 'em that hug though...
nice shot with good details on the feithers, compo is nice too, i would have left his paws on.well done!

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-11 7:57]

Belle photo avec beaucoup de définition dans le plumage noir. Bonne prise de vue avec les feuilles verte en arrière plan. Merci pour l'envoi.

I like photo and the bird. Pity about wing's cut off. I did workshop, only for show alternative framing. Good work Sebnem!

Great shot Sebnem,
A well exposed shot, excellent detail. A shame about the missing wing tip. Stunning pose. well captured.

Nice shot and great pose, unfortunately you've cut the right wing.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-16 9:50]

Sebnem, a great pose. Nice composition and details.


Well captured moment.Sharpness is perfect.I wanted to see more
parts of legs and right wing.

Beautiful and interesting composition! Good POV, colors, DOF and details ! Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice weekend:)



  • Great 
  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-13 6:54]

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

great bird with nice colours and pose!
Good note and composition!

Salut Sebnem
Belle prise de vue Que ce beau cygne noir .La composition est très jolie les couleurs sont belles
Bravo et bon week end...JP

  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-08-10 9:59]

selam sebnem
kucaklamaya hazır kanatlari ile guzel bir poz ve kompozisyon cikmis ortaya. renkleri, detaylari ve notu ile basarili bir foto olmus
eline saglik

  • Great 
  • Aliza Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 3] (98)
  • [2006-09-17 7:13]

Cok güzel, cok net, piril piril bir fotograf.
Pozu müthis yakalamissiniz, tebrikler!
Ellerinize saglik.

Hi Sebnem,
Funny pose from that blac guy..!
Personally I think he tries to tell you not to come closer...
Good details in the plumage, well framed situation!
Pablo -

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-17 12:28]

Hi Sebnem.
Fantastic on expressiveness and beautifulness shot. Pose of the bird is simply great. Colour tones are amazing: rich, deep, pleasant and clear. Shot is exposed very well despite the complex light conditions. Only crop is too strong at the bottom. However, perfect done and TFS.

I saw this species once in the city of Aveiro in portugal in a park.(Garden)
This one has its right flight feathers clipped off. In Aveiro they had them enclosed in such a way that their living quarters was spacious and YET they had no "runway" to make their getaway. Besides the point.

However, this image is BEAUTIFUL.
Loved your notes too.
Best regards from Canada,

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