5 Ugly ducklings

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  1. RobNZ

    RobNZ TPF Noob!

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    My kids were fascinated and charmed by these Cygnets, kinda cute.

    C&C welcomed and or pick a favourite.

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  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    And they are sooo NOT ugly, aren't they.
    I love #2, where it stetches its "wings"(-to-be!!!), how cute.
    Also #3 is such an endearing portrait. And you always produce such SHARP, very well-focused photos. Amazing!
     
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    I love them!
     
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    I'm really glad these turned out to be swans and not ducks. That would be pretty disappointing.

    First one, too bad about the light dropoff on the tail. Was it a shadow or were you using a strobe to fill?

    Composition doesn't really work for me in #2.

    I would like to see #3 cropped a little lower to get more of the "s" curve of his/her neck down to the breast. The blue reflections are kind of distracting too.

    4. Great, sharp shot. Love the water on the bill. The background is kinda 'meh.'

    Fifth one is definitely the strongest, in my eyes. Love the small vs large of the photo and the white versus black of the cygnet and the swan.
     
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    Thanks, I always aim to have the subject as sharp as possible, to get that I almost always use 1 preselected focus point and then recompose.

    Glad you like them, thanks.

    Thanks benlonghair, all shot with natural light, the light drop off you mention is more than likely just how the down is coloured/dirty in that area, shouldnt be from any shadow, open water.

    The blue reflection (the sky) has already been toned quite significantly.
     
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    Was this shot with your 300 prime? Im amazed by how sharp your photos turn out to be
     
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    BuS_RiDeR No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Nice work! :)

    The biggest critique I have is on number 2. I think I would have preferred if the shot were framed vertically and his full body was there...

    Other than that... great photos.
     
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    they are so adorable awwwwwwwwwwwwwww
     
  9. RobNZ

    RobNZ TPF Noob!

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    Yep, no IS and handheld as well, they are razor sharp at full res as well, well these ones are, lol.
     
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    For dinner?
     
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    I like them! Was that all natural lighting? The first two seem like there's a bit of artificial light.
     
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    Somebody hasn't seen how mama swans defend their cygnets.
     

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