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Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-07
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Decisive Moment, Portrait
Camera: Nikon coolpix P7000
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-26 3:50
Viewed: 1246
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Swans feed in the water and on land. They are almost entirely herbivorous, although they may eat small amounts of aquatic animals. In the water food is obtained by up-ending or dabbling, and their diet is composed of the roots, tubers, stems and leaves of aquatic and submerged plants. Swans are known to aggressively protect their nests. One man was suspected to have drowned in such an attack.

Swans are revered in Hinduism, and are compared to saintly persons whose chief characteristic is to be in the world without getting attached to it, just as a swan's feather does not get wet although it is in water. The Sanskrit word for swan is hamsa or hansa, and the "Raja Hansa" or the Royal Swan is the vehicle of Goddess Saraswati, and symbolises the "Sattwa Guna" or purity par excellence. The swan if offered a mixture of milk and water, is said to be able to drink the milk alone. Therefore Goddess Saraswati the goddess of knowledge is seen riding the swan because the swan thus symbolizes "Viveka" i.e. prudence and discrimination between the good and the bad or between the eternal and the transient. This is taken as a great quality, as shown by this Sanskrit verse:

The swan is white, the crane is white, so how to differentiate between them?
With the milk-water test, the swan is proven swan, the crane is proven crane! :) Wikipedia

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Hi Francis, I like the diagonal composition and the circles on the water, excellent shot, TFS

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-11-26 9:10]

Hi Francis.

The patterns from both reflected circle of ripples are what make this so specially, the curving neck lines of the swans then add to the semetry and the beauty. A wonderful piece this one, very desirable. tfs

stv ;o))

Hi Francis

beautiful capture.
very good details on the water.
well done


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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2012-11-26 10:32]

Hi Francis
Superb composition! great cropp
beautiful couple

Hello Francis,
Beautiful composition with the circular patterns and the curves of the necks. Well done my friend. A real pleasure to view.

Beautiful sinuous shape of the swans going diagonally across the scene. They contrast nicely with the dark water which has plenty of interest in it with ripples.

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2012-11-26 12:22]

Hi Francis
Interestingly shown swans. Nice composition.

Hi Francis,
Nice presentation of these two swans,
excellent capture and pose,
I like the cercle in the water..
the ripples are well done too,

An artistic approach with nice details and contrasts, Francis!

Good sharpness and well clarity with natural colors.
The POV and DOF are nicely done, and light is well handled too.
Good job!

Kind regards,

Bonjour Francis Xavier,

Lisse comme une peinture réalisée à l'huile!
Jolie diagonale du sujet animal,
superbe ondulation des réflections .
Bien fait. Présentation soignée.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-11-26 15:07]

Hello Francis Xavier,

Great detail of the Swans scene and well-managed background on the water. Well composed and properly with the colour contrast.
My best regards.

Hello Francis
I Like your high POV..Love the circle at the tip of their beak
Great contrast between the birds and the dark water..
very nice portrait

Hi,attractive composition with beautiful colors and contrast.Just perfect for those elegant necklines.Friendly regards,Otto.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2012-11-26 17:47]

Hi Francis,
as others have said the composition and crop here are first class, they have turned a good photo into an excellent one

Hi Francis...nice artistic composition...great light and tones...nice work.


Great timing and capture of those swans! I like the composition and good lighting bringing out the ripples on the water. Very well done, tfs.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2012-11-29 7:51]

Hello Francis :)

Beautiful these swans and circles afloat, showed very originally,
and dark water as the background, he raises the values of this composition.
The very beautiful realization with the fantastic effect.
I like him very much.

With best wishes.

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