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Mother care in Western Springs

Mother care in Western Springs
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-30
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro, Hitachi4GBMicrodrive, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: New Zealand experience 2008/2009
Date Submitted: 2008-12-30 2:02
Viewed: 1995
Points: 52
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Mother care in Western Springs

Went today together with Janice, Sweety, Clyde (TN member), Peter and Marilyn to the Auckland MOTAT and after a delicious diner :-) to the garden of Western Springs were a great variety of birdlife is found. So these black swans, here the mother with cygnets (dad was still in the pub) enjoying there afternoon sail on the water.

PP work: Adjusted levels, brightness and contrast. Cropped, used clone tool to remove some nasty glittering on the water. Resized and sharpened, add frame.

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Hello Hans! Amazing black swan. Wonderful family snapshot. Good capture. Nice frame. Well done!

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2008-12-30 2:09]

Hi Hans

A great shot, expressing love and care, beautiful family to see here :)
Nice color very sharp and excellent cropping (i guess).

Perfect post :)


it's sssoo lovely & cute, Hans.
very nice contrast of colours and good sharpness too.
i love that falling drips from the mom's beaks.
a lovely capture indeed. well done!


hello hans
i agree with mikolaj
the shot is wonderful as its subject, fine lighting and good expouser, i just want to add a little looking room towards right.

Manuj Mehta

A beautiful, tender and well captured shot here Hansie. Nicely balanced with good sharp detail

kind regards Smurfie

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-12-30 2:28]

Hi Hans ;)))
Nice feelings on this photo...TFS
Best regards to all of you there...Have a wonderful time and light ;)))
J ;)

Mooie en scherpe foto van deze 'zwarte Zwaan', Hans.
Kan zien dat de wereld daar op zijn kop staat, met nu die jongen erbij.
Ik heb er eentje klaar staan (close up) welke ik gisteren maakte.
Officieel komen die zwarte zwanen uit Australia, Het zijn echte lange afstand vliegers.
Eeen van die twee, welke ik er vandaag op heb gezet had ijsblokjes op zijn borst veren, daar zat ie jankend aan te plukken.
Groeten uit een koud maar zonnig Berrege.

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  • Nushy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 145 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-30 3:07]

Hello Hans,

I was interested in this image, because I have posted similar today. Of course, I can't even compare my image to this masterpiece, but it is always nice to see that people have something in common with you.

Great image; I love the sharpness, composition and colours.

Lovely shot of a swan family.

Have a nice day,


hello hans...
you have captured a beautiful moment...
very sharp and beautiful colors...

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2008-12-30 3:31]

Wonderfully composed capture here my friend Hans..love the sharpness and softness of the mums feathers.. feels like I could just reach out and touch them.. fine image Hans.. well done.

Glad you enjoyed your day!


Hi Hans,
This is a great capture of the Black Swan and her Cygnets, excellent feather details and colur and the water droplets are a nice bonus.
Well done my friend
Regards Andy

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2008-12-30 4:20]

Hello Hans !
Really a sweet shot. Love the colors in the swans coat and the soft fur in the babies. Great balance and well displayed. Have fun ! Julie

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-12-30 6:23]

Merhaba Dear Hans...
wonderful shot and comp... A superb colors and detail..bravo..selamlar

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2008-12-30 9:06]

Hi Hans,
A great picture of the mother with her kids. What a lovely family portrait. As usual the dad is missing!

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-12-30 9:39]

A beautiful, tender and well captured shot here Hans. Nicely balanced with good sharp detail. Well done.
Happy New Year.

Hi Hans,
Beautiful picture of this famely of swan,
very nice composition and presentation,
great colours and sharpness,
well taken and done as usual...
Michel ...**Have a Happy New Year 09**

Beautifully done here Hans! Crisp, sharp, well composed and well metered ... what else to say. It's great work!


Good morning Hans

You visited one of my favourite places. I love the bird life and now is a great time to visit and see all the youngsters. A lovely shot of the family. Nice natural colours. Are you going to visit the Zoo? It is right beside Western Springs. There are three Tiger cubs there. Another lovely day ahead. Hope you have a great New Year and don't drink too much beer!

Kind regards


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-12-30 11:31]
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Lovely shot Hans - maybe a bit more space in front of the trio would look a bit better though.
I do like how their heads are all bowing down to the water but at different angles - quite elegant, like poetry in motion.
Nicely captured

PS Enjoy your trip S/E to Waihi today

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-12-30 12:45]

Hi Hans
Really attractive. You are lucky you have fotography friends to have a good time with.
My best wishes for 2009

WOW! A SUPER sharp black swan! Very nice Hansie! I love the deep DOF here, you got the mama and the babies SHARP! Nice smooth BG! I wish you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!! and lots of peace and serenity...lord knows we all need it!

wonderufl moment captured, pefect comp,dof, and excellent sharpness, really a fine bit of photography here, well done,

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  • Margy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 103 W: 6 N: 221] (2520)
  • [2008-12-31 1:04]

Hallo Hans,

Lief, mooi van kleur en scherp; op een heel goed moment genomen als je naar de kopjes kijkt.

Een prettige jaarwisseling dadelijk want ik heb begrepen dat jullie de eersten zijn.

groetjes, Marga

Hello Hans,
Lovely great capture here. I like much this one.Very good framing of the swan and these
two little.Very good shot..!
Best regards,

Hello Hans!
Wonderful black swan and two baby in your picture!
Great focus, perfect clarity!
Nice colours!
Happy New Year!
Best regards!

Another good bird picture - swans seem to be your signature subject matter at the moment ;-)
Excellent colours and details in the plumage and yet again a good low down POV. Composition is possibly a little cramped, although to give space to the right would have meant sacrificing some of that close up feel.
Thanks for sharing

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