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The White Swan

The White Swan
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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: 2012-04-30
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Portrait
Camera: Nikon coolpix P7000
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-06-06 1:15
Viewed: 2097
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mute (White) swans are graceful on the water but can appear awkward and ungainly in flight and on land. These are very aggressive birds when defending their territory and nesting sites, and they will charge and attack large birds and mammals, including humans, that they perceive to be a threat. When swimming, they may hold their wings over their backs in a puffed up position to advertise their strength, and the neck may be held in a strong S-curve as an aggressive posture.

Mute swans are monogamous and believed to mate for life. A pair of birds will incubate 2-10 eggs for 36-38 days, and both parents help feed the precocial young until the birds’ first flight at 100-150 days. Young birds learn to swim and forage within a day of hatching. Mated pairs raise one brood per year.

PP work: Passed through HDR. Adapted back light filter, darked with gamma filter and sharpened (Photoscape)

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-06-06 2:28]

Hi Francis

Perfect exposure on the highlights with good sharpness and superb graphism. Wonderful tonal range with good density. I like the reflected highlights on the bg water. The arched, s shaped neck of the swan is well captured here. Tfs!

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-06-06 2:37]

Hi Francis.

Magical light illuminating the swan and its detail of feathers. The shading is very impressive, giving depth and form. The right wing seems in a state for some reason, the left so perfect, great post. TFS

Stv :0))

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2012-06-06 3:00]

Hello Francis :)

This royal bird is exquisite!
The miraculous introduction in composition and realization.
Perfect light and colours, and black emphasises this bird beauty, the brushing off wing from water.
The drops of water are the additional attraction, the visible on the black background which they look how small diamonds.

The fantastic picture! Congratulations!

With best wishes.

Oops, Francis,
Do you approach this beautiful swan in a very refined and very original way.
Is to be noted too the action of light and I feel that you rejected any possibility of OE. Beautiful, beautiful. This photo would make a nice effect on a dark wall.

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  • Kli Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 15 N: 199] (2054)
  • [2012-06-06 3:36]

Waouh ! Impressionnant que de voir ce plumage et ces gouttes qui s'en échappent.


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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-06-06 3:59]

Really nice, with some good details on the feathers. The right wing looks not good, wonder what happened to that :)

> A capture striking pose!
Mostly sharp details of the bird,
adequate movement and the beautiful wingtip ...
A well framed action, the Bg black as a backdrop, perfect!



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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2012-06-06 7:56]

HI Francis, this is a dreamphoto of a white beauty . Fanstastic light management, sharp details, perfectly chosen POV, TFS
Regards Rose

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-06-06 8:23]


Superbe iamge et cpatage fnatastique vue quel grâce ce caygne quelle rendu sur le plumage blanc superbe effet et captage.

bravo et amitié


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2012-06-06 9:11]

Oh my goodness Francis !
This is just wonderful- you did it. Really nicely timed and executed. Good lighting, details and I love the spread of the wings. This is a favorite of mine. TFS Julie

Wow! This is excellent capture of the swan! Love the use of artificial lighting. Good pov and dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.

A stunning composition with superb details and contrasts, dear Francis!
The light is well managed and colors are natural too, whereas the addition of splash of water droplets make this work even more interesting and pleasing in its appeal.

PS: Just curious about the PP work - How did you do that?
Will be helpful if you could mention into your note.

Thanks for sharing.

Kind regards,

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-06-06 11:34]

Excellent shot, beautiful pose of the swan, sharp details and nice composition

Ciao Francis, great capture of fantastic swan, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Francis, this is an unusual shot of a swan, I have never seen a picture like this before!
The light and the sharp focus on the swan is excellent, all the different textures, shapes and sizes of its feathers are clear to see.I especially like the damp feathers at the tip of its wing, looking a bit ragged.
The dark bg is perfect.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Bonjour Francis,

A very interestin image with its wings open. I bet the sun was very bright and right above at noon. The resulting contrast is very harsh, and density range is a lot higher than what can record your sensor. You could have use the flash to open the shadows, however, it is possible to reduce the contrast in PP. Of course the underexposure did help to conserve nice details in the whites and it is always easier to open shadows than it is to save burned highlights. I made a WS, I don't know what photo software you use and what functions are available to you, but my WS expain what I did. You image has a lot of potential, give it a try to improve it, I am sure you will learn a lot in the process. It did for me. TFS.


Hi Francis,
Nice shot of this beautiful white swan,
good pose and portrait with excellent contrast and light,
Beautiful sharpness and great details of his plumage,
Nice work,

Unusual posture for the swan, at least well photorgraphed. We usually admire the gracefulness but this shows another side to their nature. Nice capture and enhanced by the hdr.

Elegant beautiful capture of a swan, with a perfect pose. I love the contrast light/dark shown here.
Great work. TFS


Hi Francis, I really like the way the dark bg makes it appear that the swan is in the moonlight. You wouldnt think it such a graceful bird with that wet wing. Fiona

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2012-06-07 5:13]

Hi Francis!
What a wonderful portrait of swan!
A suggestive image. The little reflections on the water and the play of shadows on the plumage are fantastic! The pose of the swan like a dancer increases the beauty of the composition.
The swan on the black BG is a dream of mine :)
I saw the WS version, but I prefer this one. The other one is too altered, in my opinion of course.
Very well done: congratulations.
ciao! Vanda

Hi Francis, I have nothing to add to the praises - this is la perfect and excellent shot of the pose of the elegant white swan - and cant be better ....
It is a pleasure to look at it - kindest regards - Monika

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-06-07 10:40]

A beautiful image that has captured the many curved lines of this swan as it extends it wings. An interesting mix of lihgt and shadow with subpurb detail on the plumage.

Bonjour Francis,
En premier, félicitations pour un tel résultat, je m'expique...
Il est très difficile d'obtenir de ces volatiles une bonne complicité, sans avoir à lui offrir quelque nourriture pour obtenir son désir de nous faire le plaisir de prendre la bonne pose...
Il est même possible qu'il se mette en colère et vienne droit sur vous pour vous mordiller le bout de la chaussure, cela m'est arrivé et pourtant je ne le cherchais pas du tout, j'étais trop prés du bord pour prendre des nénuphars...
Sur ton cliché il est superbe, élégant avec ce jeu d'ombre qui lui donne beaucoup de grâce...
Bravo et amitiés

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