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Some of you may recall my posting photos of a pair of swans that had 8 signets. I followed the family as the signets grew and shared photos of the happenings. At the end of the summer one of the signets had been caught in a construction fence and broke its wing and could not participate in the family flight training. Eventually the rest of the family flew south for the winter leaving the loan signet to survive a New York City on Oakland Lake. When I visited Oakland Lake Sunday Morning, I spotted a sawn on the other side and it immediately swam right over to me and as it got close, it lit up with excitement as it appeared to recognize me. It treated me to a few nice portraits before swimming over to its mate.

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D200 + 80-400 VR + 1.4x TC @ 560mm, ISO 800, 1/1600, f8, fill flash (SB910 + Better Beamer)

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D200 + 80-400 VR + 1.4x TC @ 560mm, ISO 800, 1/1600, f8, fill flash (SB910 + Better Beamer)

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D200 + 80-400 VR + 1.4x TC @ 560mm, ISO 800, 1/1600, f8, fill flash (SB910 + Better Beamer)

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D200 + 80-400 VR + 1.4x TC @ 189mm, ISO 800, 1/320, f8, fill flash (SB910)

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D200 + 80-400 VR + 1.4x TC @ 189mm, ISO 800, 1/125, f8, fill flash (SB910)

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D200 + 80-400 VR + 1.4x TC @ 189mm, ISO 800, 1/160, f8, fill flash (SB910)

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D200 + 80-400 VR + 1.4x TC @ 231mm, ISO 800, 1/200, f8, fill flash (SB910)

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D200 + 80-400 VR + 1.4x TC @ 231mm, ISO 800, 1/160, f8, fill flash (SB910)

Starting with photo 4, the swan was in the shade and the background in the sun, balanced fill flash worded wonders.

Comments and suggestions welcome,

Morris



Oct 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · My old friend


Very nicely done Morris. It's neat that the swan seemed to recognize you. The last shot is my pick ~ Ron


Oct 31, 2013 at 01:07 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · My old friend


A wonderful set, Morris.
I especially like the closeups- they are magnificent images.
Either it recognized you or it learned that the only way it could survive was to mooch food from people who might feed it .
In any case, I envy you the experience AND the photographs.
Charlie



Oct 31, 2013 at 01:13 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · My old friend


Nice set Morris. I like the color in the BGs.


Oct 31, 2013 at 02:28 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · My old friend


Really nice set,

Norm



Oct 31, 2013 at 02:35 AM
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thank you Ron,

I'm quite happy with the last

Morris



Oct 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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Thank you Charlie,

It had a lonely winter on the lake and must have enjoyed my paying attention to it.

Morris



Oct 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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KCollett wrote:
Nice set Morris. I like the color in the BGs.


Thank you Ken,

The colors are a joy to see and work with

Morris



Oct 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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Hightraxx wrote:
Really nice set,

Norm


Thank you Norm

Morris



Oct 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · My old friend


Morris, you're a bird magnet. Great color and sharpness on the last 2 portraits. Well done.


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Beautiful set Morris and great story. What a joy it must have been to see him .
Love the last set of shots wit swan in the shade , water color is wonderful. The last 2 are my favorites.

Birdie



Oct 31, 2013 at 01:40 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · My old friend


Morris, that's really cool! The fact that you got some excellent pictures is icing on the cake.


Oct 31, 2013 at 02:37 PM
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Great use of the flash, as usual, Morris. Colors and detail are great
Socrate



Oct 31, 2013 at 03:05 PM
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very nice job on them all Morris


Oct 31, 2013 at 03:20 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · My old friend


Fantastic story and pictures Morris, the last one is my favorite.

Marcelo



Nov 01, 2013 at 03:40 PM
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Fabulous shots and story Morris, thanks for both. The close ups are really gorgeous!
David



Nov 02, 2013 at 11:32 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · My old friend


Who would want more in life than to have this? Beautiful work, Morris.
Al



Nov 02, 2013 at 01:11 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · My old friend


psharvic wrote:
Morris, you're a bird magnet. Great color and sharpness on the last 2 portraits. Well done.


Thank you Psharvic

Hum, magnet seems to fit

Morris



Nov 02, 2013 at 02:17 PM
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birdied wrote:
Beautiful set Morris and great story. What a joy it must have been to see him .
Love the last set of shots wit swan in the shade , water color is wonderful. The last 2 are my favorites.

Birdie


Thank you Roberta,

Yes this was a lot of fun for me and the last is my pick as well

Morris



Nov 02, 2013 at 02:18 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · My old friend


Ernie Aubert wrote:
Morris, that's really cool! The fact that you got some excellent pictures is icing on the cake.


Thank you Ernie,

I agree, 2 thrills form one adventure

Morris



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