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Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
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.

www.fishandgame.org.nz

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.

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Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Blurring the background
Edited by:livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)

Dear Janice,

On Photoshop CS2, I just used the Blur Tool on the background. I like it because it both eliminates the noise and highlights the main subject.

I hope you like it.

Best regards.

Lívio

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Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
reduced the noise
Edited by:wishnugaruda Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)

Hi Janice,
I tried to reduce the noise at the BG.
Hope you like it.
Sabine - wishnugaruda