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Trumpeter Swan at Red Deer Lake

Trumpeter Swan at Red Deer Lake
Photo Information
Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-26
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-300 AF-S VR 4.5-5.6 IF ED
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-06 12:31
Viewed: 1318
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last week, I was privileged to see the swan in my photo, flying over Red Deer Lake, in Calgary, Alberta. I thought that it was a Tundra Swan initially, but I have since determined, from The Sibley Guide to Birds, that it was actually a Trumpeter Swan. According to the iBird Explorer app for iPod/iPhone, this swan is the largest waterfowl species native to North America. They can be up to 6 ft (1.8 m) long, and have a wingspan of up to 8.5 ft (2.6 m). These birds were hunted almost to extinction by 1900, but their population now is said to be about 16,000.

The light was tricky in this shot. The early evening sun was shining directly at the side of the swan. I had to adjust brightness and contrast to compensate. I used Neat Image to do noise reduction, since I was shooting with high ISO. And, I used CS4 to do a little sharpening. The cropping I selected was 16:10, to emphasize the swan's long body.

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Bonjour John

Superbe capture avec une définition parfaite.La lumière est magistralement rendue sans OE sur le blanc plumage.Bravo John.Catherine

Hello John
This is a very good lucky shot. The exposition is very good and the bird lloks great against thatblue sky. The image is very sharp despite de distance. Nicely done.
PS How can you tell it's a Trumpeter and not a Tundra?

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-05-07 5:24]

Hi John,

I agree that the lighting conditions are difficult with bird in-flight shots like this, but you've done a very good job. There is plenty of detail visible in the wing, and just a touch of OE. Your shutter speed has frozen the action perfectly, and you were fortunate to have a nice blue sky for a background. TFS

Best regards,

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