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A swan's dive

A swan's dive
Photo Information
Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-26
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 (IF) Macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-22 8:32
Viewed: 2092
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A swan's dive in this pond on a very hot day in August. A refreshing moment of the bird!

PP work: passed through HDR (a single shot).
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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-11-22 8:45]


A very playful image with sharp details capturing this elegant moment. Does not have any of the sometimes ill effects of HDR PP, creating a very fine natrual looking composition.

Very Well Done


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-11-22 8:50]

Hi Francis

Good sharpness & excellent framing. A superb decisive moment capturing the swans neck submerging underwater, with nice color saturation & lighting contrasts. Tfs!

Olá francis
I like a lot the sharpness you get ...watr is reaçy liquid...good colors and cool moment.
Um abraço

Wonderful timing to catch this one Francis. You've frozen the action perfectly. I love the little wave over the head. Very nice detail in the rest of the swan. well done

Hi Francis
A lovely shot captured with spot on focus on the subject with superb sharpness and beautiful light.
Best Wishes

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-11-22 11:31]

Hi Francis,

Excellent capture and action shot , the swan is very beautiful.
The sharpness and the détails are perfect, the splendid plumage .
All is wonderful in this composition, the détails of the water and its colors. TFS.
MY best regards.

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2011-11-22 11:36]

Hello Francis,
What a fantastic action you've caught in a fraction of a second in this frame. The frozen splash of water is looking interesting while the sawn's head is submerged. A beautiful snapshot, well done my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Best Wishes,

The contrast you managed to achieve in this shot is praiseworthy, Francis!

Well taken show where you share a wonderful mood and action within a single shot.
The colors are natural and light is delicately handled.
Well caught scene!


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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 26 N: 808] (9456)
  • [2011-11-22 14:19]

Hi Francis,
great capture, especially the way the light catches the swirling water over its head

Hi Francis, nice timing with he swirl of water over the head looking like an extension of the bird.The water bead in the middle even looks like an eye.Fiona

Hi Francis,
Nice action shot of this swan wiht his head under water,
Excellent details and sharp picture.
a beauty moment in this composition.
well done.

Very cute! Nicely captured with great lighting and good details. Well done, tfs.

Nice timing,colour and sharpness enhanced by your frame.
Nice jpob

Hi Francis,
Really nice freezing thanks to 1/1600sec!
Excellent image quality and details!
Professional exposure management!

Funny and nice at the same time. You had a rare opportunity to be present at this beautiful moment.
Amazing capture of this ivory shade of white that are present in the beautiful textures of the feathers and the movement of water.
Great picture, Francis.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-11-23 1:02]


super cpatage et image de ce cygne fantastique compo et iamge superbe quele captage au bon momen ou il plonge son bec jaune dans l'eau avec ce mouvement de l'eau grandisoe.

bravo et amitié


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2011-11-24 8:01]

Hi Framcis,
great moment you catch..Beautiful light and sharpness.Congratulations.TFS.Necla.

Hello Francis,an expert piece of timing as the water moves over the swans head, caught frozen in time, along with the droplets.
The quality of sharpness and light management is excellent as I look at the swans back.
I do like the bright orange feet and the yellow beak showing through the water.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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