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Old Feb 15, 2008, 5:14 PM   #1
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Went out looking for Eagles and couldn't get close enough to get any keepers, so I took this instead of some wild Swans.



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Old Feb 15, 2008, 6:54 PM   #2
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Looks like a happy couple to me. You done did gooood.



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Old Feb 15, 2008, 9:28 PM   #3
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Looks like a happy couple to me. You done did gooood.



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Good composition on these. Don't get mad now...Just a tad dark! There I said it!! LOL



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Old Feb 15, 2008, 10:42 PM   #4
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Hey if the sun ever comes out here I will do better!

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Old Feb 16, 2008, 1:19 AM   #5
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Perhaps the picture is a bit dark, but it looks fine on my monitor (I wonder about my monitor sometimes). I'm always cautious about lightening up white birds - too often they get blown out before the balance is quite right. The detail is excellent, especially considering that they are white.
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Old Feb 16, 2008, 10:20 AM   #6
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I drove over to the river to look for Eagles but it has been so cold here that they actually went south to Iowa since even the water from the power plant is mostly frozen over. The sun went away on my way over, but I figured since the Swans were there I would take some pictures anyway.

Even in RAW if I tried to bring back the lighting that would have been there with the sun, I lost an amazing amount of detail in the white feathers, which is why they are a bit dark. That said, they look just like they did when I took the photo, so I guess that is OK with me, since I feel a photo should reflect what you saw at the time you took the shot.

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Old Feb 16, 2008, 11:41 AM   #7
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I have no problem with them being dark! I feel your pain..Most of mine are crapping out on me for lack of sunshine. The sun really brings the detail out..I do like that photo..The comment on the dark was to emphasize the lack of sunshine which this time of year with the overcast and low southern light is just not conducive to the very best. Like Roger said You did GOOOOOOOD!!!!

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A good replacement for eagles. The "darkness" of the picture I reckon is because of weak daylight, the feathers of the swans are not dark at all. Your trumpeter swans differ a bit from ours, ours have yellow beaks.

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