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Old May 17, 2010, 5:15 PM   #1
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You all know the frustration of not having the lens you need when an unexpected photo op presents its self. Well, while at the Mayfair art expo I had the 12-24mm lens on the camera when I saw this swan. even getting about 4 feet from him I still couldn't fill the frame. This is a major crop. Would have loved to have had at least a 50mm.

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GW,

This shot just pops out at you, great photo
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Why, thank you sir, I appreciate the complement!
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Exceptional GW, keep chasing those white birds
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Regardless of not having the lens you wanted, that is a great photo. It's sharp, the exposure is right on, whites are tough not to get blown, but you've got a lot of detail in it's feathers. What is most impressive is the pose you put him in. nice job.
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Don't you just love the 12-24? It can be really sharp, useful when you have the wrong lens on the camera.
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GW,

This shot just pops out at you, great photo
That was my first thought too ! The ultra wides often give a 3D effect (even though this must have been shot at 24mm) and this is a beautiful shot !

You are a brave man too - 4' from a swan in mating season !! Well done GW.
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Magnificent detail, if you had your eye at the viewfinder when taking this shot you're more courageous than me.
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Thank you for all the complements guys,
Yeah, Jim getting him (her) to hold that pose was kinda difficult, I tried bribery but, that didn't work so, I had to resort to threats of grave bodily harm if he didn't hold still!

These swans were brought in many years ago by the city of Lakeland and have been a part of Lakelands heritage ever since. They have become rather passive around humans as they are used to being fed so, getting close isn't usually a problem. They have been known to be a little aggressive at times but nothing too dangerous.
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