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    The Swans of Lakeland

    The city where I live, Lakeland, Florida, has chosen the swan as a symbol. As the name suggests there are many lakes. Yesterday my wife and I went to Lake Morton to photograph the swans and other waterfowl. Most of the swans are white Mute Swans but many years ago Australia gave the city a pair of black swans that have multiplied and now inhabit many lakes. C&C welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for viewing.

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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Wow, Joe, the feather detail in the blacks is amazing. I like the poses in both but do you have any room to give more space at the top of #3? I get the impression he's ducking because the ceiling is too low! Obviously a matter of personal preference.

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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Joe,
    hope that this conveys what I feel about these.
    With the pictures you have posted recently and the high standards of your posts, I'm going to call you the 'Bird man' and I mean this in a good way.
    Thanks for sharing
    Cheers
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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Joe I really like this series, the similarities yet contrasts really work well. 3 is one beautiful image !

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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Nice work Joe, I do think the first of the black swan images eeks out an edge above the rest. Quite an edge really, it is a very nice image.

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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Nice job with both the whites and blacks.

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    Excellent work Birdman. Good nick.

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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Quote Originally Posted by terrib View Post
    Wow, Joe, the feather detail in the blacks is amazing. I like the poses in both but do you have any room to give more space at the top of #3? I get the impression he's ducking because the ceiling is too low! Obviously a matter of personal preference.
    Thanks Terri, your suggestion is spot on. Good eye picking that up. Here is the swan hopefully not ducking it's head.

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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Quote Originally Posted by JPS View Post
    Joe,
    hope that this conveys what I feel about these.
    With the pictures you have posted recently and the high standards of your posts, I'm going to call you the 'Bird man' and I mean this in a good way.
    Thanks for sharing
    Cheers
    John
    Thanks John, your comments are always appreciated. Smiles... Birdman, I like that. I try to photograph my birds to show the beauty, grace and majesty to those who may not have the oppurtunities I have where I live.

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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Quote Originally Posted by jamn4ex View Post
    Joe I really like this series, the similarities yet contrasts really work well. 3 is one beautiful image !
    Thank you James, very much appreciated.

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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeperman View Post
    Nice work Joe, I do think the first of the black swan images eeks out an edge above the rest. Quite an edge really, it is a very nice image.
    Thanks Paul, from the birds you capture that is quite a compliment.

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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernFocus View Post
    Nice job with both the whites and blacks.
    Thanks Dan, very much appreciated. In Florida I get a lot of experience and practice shooting birds with white, but black is another story. The previous day I captured a Black Vulture for practice with black knowing I would be shooting the Black Swan.

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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobobird View Post
    Excellent work Birdman. Good nick.
    Thanks Bobo, very much appreciated.

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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Very nice pictures. I'd never seen a black swan up close before. Beautiful ! The more I see everyones' pics the more control I want with the camera I use & the less control I see that i have with my automatic everything camera.
    Thanx for sharing,

    diane

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    Re: The Swans of Lakeland

    Very nice shots as usual Joe. I don't mean to "hi-jack" your thread but you mentioned black swans from Australia and I thought maybe these were related ! This shot was taken in the Melbourne Botanic gardens last October.

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