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Swans  in  evening  light.
17-APR-2010 Ian Dalgliesh

Swans in evening light.

Collier Row, Essex, England

This attempt was inspired by a two page spread photo,in SLR Photography,September issue,back in 1988.Then,the said shot was amazing.This is ok,for a first attempt.The other photographer had placed his camera by a pond,and using a long cable release,lured the swans with food.I hung around ,ignoring the hissing and occasional wing flapping.After an hour or so he calmed down,being plied with pieces of pancake.In this shot the swan has just taken another piece of pancake.NB:It's worthy of note that the S100fs has a flip up screen so there was no eye contact with the swan.I believe this was a major factor in my being able to get so close.
NB:This image has just won in's monthly photo competition for May 2010,winning me a new Fuji Finepix S2500HD.The 1988 version won the photographer a Canon SLR AND 500 and 1st place.
7,000 hits by 8th March 2011.Thanks to all who've looked at this image.
10,000 hits by November 2013.I'm in awe.Thanks to everyone who cared to look.

FujiFilm FinePix S100FS
1/200s f/5.6 at 13.4mm iso400 full exif

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Nirvan Hope26-Jul-2012 15:14
Yiannis Pavlis26-May-2012 00:40
Beautifully captured and a fine presentation .V
Brian Samuel05-May-2012 16:23
Well done! A really cracking photo!
Kim12-Apr-2012 09:35
Really nice image! V
Gerda Kettner13-Mar-2012 22:37
wonderful image of these swans, great prespective, Ian
godro13-Mar-2012 21:51
Nice work!!!
sandra kroeger17-Jan-2012 12:38
I like this...Especially the angle you were at. Very nice.
Ron LaCroix15-Jan-2012 09:26
What an excellent shot!! Well deserving of reward.
burtmann07-Jan-2012 21:13
Simply wonderful!
Ulla Kruys02-Jan-2012 19:57
Brilliant work!! V
Fred Gary02-Jan-2012 09:30
Excellent light and closeup. Congratulations on your second place win, the first place photo has to be unbelievable.
Linda Johansson18-Oct-2011 19:25
Fantastic light! V
Michael Rowan10-Oct-2011 00:54
Excellent capture! Beauttiful photo
kaye.frost-smith02-Oct-2011 06:18
I wish all my first attempts resulted in something as brilliant as this!! Stunning Ian, just stunning! V
Ignacio Ferre26-Sep-2011 07:52
Great capture!
Walter O. Koenig07-Sep-2011 00:06
Very impressive with this perspective and close range. "V"
gardener05-Jul-2011 06:00
Beautiful shot, lovely light and colors, Peter
Guest 21-Apr-2011 07:08
Wonderful shot, feels like you are in the pond ! V
Blandine Mangin20-Mar-2011 08:19
very beautiful ! v
Ashley Hockenberry25-Oct-2010 14:14
Gerald Rozemeijer20-Oct-2010 13:47
Wonderful image of this impressive bird !
Linda Johansson18-Oct-2010 10:15
Absolutely marvelous! V+
Lieve Snellings16-Oct-2010 03:41
wonderful ! v
Arthur Perry11-Oct-2010 18:17
Wow thats one cool shot. Its the best swan photo I've seen yet
Arthur from Canada
Kaparu227-Aug-2010 10:27
A beautiful shot!
Kevin Chester15-Aug-2010 18:08
This is brilliant.
XiaoBernard9903-Aug-2010 07:32
Great with the deep dof and your pov .Well done.VV
Pieter Bos16-Jul-2010 08:52
LynnH23-Jun-2010 15:17
Wonderful photo!! V
norbi02-Jun-2010 19:21
A fascinating swans photo. v. norbi
Chris Spracklen11-May-2010 15:25
Really nice low-angled shot of this majestic pair, Ian. (V)
I'm with Jason ~ way better than "ok"!
Eric Dutordoir09-May-2010 15:30
Very nice image! Voted!
Jason Anderson23-Apr-2010 23:59
More than ok for a first attempt, in my humble opinion. I can imagine the hissing and splashing -- but in the end who can resist a pancake.
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