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The Swan at Waddon Pond

PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:01 pm
by McGregNi
The Waddon Ponds, on the Sutton & Croydon border in South London, is a small haven and respite from the busy main roads that dominate the area. I was lucky early this week that this one swan was very ameniable and was happy to parade around right near the ponds edge .....

Pentax K7, D FA28-105mm, around 70mm, F8.0, ISO200, 1/1000 sec



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Thanks for your interest :)

The Swan at Waddon Pond

PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:06 pm
by Dr Orloff
First shot for me. Got the reflection, looking into the space. Whites perfectly held. Very nice.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:12 pm
by MrB
The swan appears to be beautifully captured in these, Nigel. I would choose number 3 - there appears to be a slightly darker halo effect all around the swan, which seems to affect 1 and 2 more than 3.

Cheers.
Philip

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:24 am
by McGregNi
Thanks DrO and MrB , much appreciated :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:11 pm
by Burnhole
I love the colour of the beak in #1's reflection, but prefer the pose in #3.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:53 pm
by Derek897
#3 for me too, the detail is great in the feathers, plenty of variation in tone and shade show it off really well.
Good shooting. :thumb:
Derek

Re: The Swan at Waddon Pond

PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:29 pm
by Chris
Dr Orloff wrote:First shot for me. Got the reflection, looking into the space. Whites perfectly held. Very nice.


^^ This.

Re: The Swan at Waddon Pond

PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:42 pm
by Dr Orloff
McGregNi wrote:Thanks DrO and MrB , much appreciated :wink:



Oversaturated though.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:48 pm
by McGregNi
:wink: I know, I couldn't believe it could all be good

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:31 pm
by LennyBloke
Those deep ink blue waters, the vibrant red reflected beak, and the well held whites just work so well - oversaturation is good in some images, this is one for me :thumb:

The Swan at Waddon Pond

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:14 pm
by McGregNi
Thanks .... I am guilty of boosting the red channel for the beak and its reflection, just wanting to bring it out more. The deep blues were not boosted directly as such (ie no direct saturation or vibrance increase) .... they probably result from my RAW processor (Sagelight 4.0) which has a default 'Add Low Tone Contrast' setting (sort of an S curve in the shadows zone) when raising the shadows. This tends to bring colour out.

The Swan at Waddon Pond

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:59 pm
by Grarea
I do enjoy seeing people's pictures and the comments. Really interesting.
I am finding it interesting how much we differ with our likes.
My opinion is very much from a consumer type perspective. as opposed to a photograper's eye.
I like the first one the most, although I find the crop uncomfortable. (I have no idea how i would like it though)
The pose reminds me of the ballet. I love the reflection and the detail in the smaller ripples are really interesting.

The Swan at Waddon Pond

PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:22 pm
by McGregNi
Maybe the crop is a little tight? It could take a bit more space, I accept that. Thanks, you're right, its always interesting to read differing reactions. Thanks also Burnhole, Derek, Chris and DrO again for your comments.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:36 pm
by microlight2010
Great pics, Nigel. Although from the thread title I was expecting a photo of a pub... :cheers:

The Swan at Waddon Pond

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:47 pm
by McGregNi
Ah, I see now how that could be confusing :) I should perhaps have titled it 'The Swan IN Waddon Pond' ....or maybe 'ON' Waddon Pond' ? 'In' would rule out a pub I suppose. But it does raise the question of whether a swan is actually 'in', 'on', or 'at' a pond (in the situation as shown in my photos) ?

Yes, it's been a long day ;wave: . ..... thanks, I'm pleased you saw the shots !