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Black Swan Head and Neck



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24 Comments | Report
kiraballerina PRO
 
kiraballerina December 15, 2016
WOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BLACK SWAN IS SUPER GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NEEDS TO WIN A CONTEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
LOVE IT :)
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quincyfloyd December 15, 2016
Thank you, thank you, thank you so much.
tbnicolle85
 
tbnicolle85 December 15, 2016
absolutely Beautiful!!! Great Job!!
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quincyfloyd December 15, 2016
Thank you very much! It is much appreciated.
jtwphotos PRO+
 
jtwphotos December 27, 2016
Love it!!!
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quincyfloyd April 03, 2017
Thank you very much, once again!
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis December 30, 2016
Stunning black swan:-)
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quincyfloyd December 31, 2016
Thank you , thank you
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 January 22, 2017
Gorgeous!!! Well done!
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quincyfloyd January 23, 2017
Thank you very much, once again! A lot of the credit belongs to the subject.
terrysigns13
 
terrysigns13 March 19, 2017
Dang, Quincy.....this is STUNNING! The black swan is beautiful, but your Artistic handling of it is what makes this your Money shot! Good Luck with it!
Thanks for your generous visit to my gallery. and your comment warmed my heart and fed my ego.
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quincyfloyd March 19, 2017
Thank you very much! My awards for your portfolio are well deserved.
nasktari23
 
nasktari23 April 02, 2017
This is stunning. So intense! Love it!
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quincyfloyd April 03, 2017
Thank you very much! It is much appreciated.
synergySB52 PRO+
 
synergySB52 April 02, 2017
Beautiful! Stunning!
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quincyfloyd April 03, 2017
Thank you very much!
Eagle_Summit PRO+
 
Eagle_Summit April 22, 2017
Just stunning! Love!!
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quincyfloyd April 23, 2017
Thank you for the kind words. It is very much appreciated.
lekahuie PRO
 
lekahuie May 12, 2017
Great Design.............
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quincyfloyd May 13, 2017
Thank you very much!
AndreaLynnArt PRO
 
AndreaLynnArt May 19, 2017
This is insane! So cool!
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quincyfloyd May 19, 2017
Thank you very much! It is much appreciated.
debbiemilner PRO
 
debbiemilner July 08, 2017
I love this photo it is just WOW
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quincyfloyd July 09, 2017
Thank you very much, once again! All I did was to darken the background after the shoot and crop it.
Samijored
 
Samijored September 08, 2017
I am in love with this, BEAUTIFUL!!
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quincyfloyd September 08, 2017
Thank you for the kind words.
Cookies4U PRO+
 
Cookies4U October 31, 2017
excellent choice of dark background. Simple and elegant!
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quincyfloyd October 31, 2017
Thank you very much.
RSKATZ
 
RSKATZ November 19, 2017
this photo grabs your attention, Beautiful.
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quincyfloyd November 19, 2017
Thank you very much! It is much appreciated.
beckyreding PRO
 
beckyreding December 11, 2017
STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL
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quincyfloyd December 12, 2017
Thank you very very much!
GypsyGirl71
 
GypsyGirl71 February 15, 2018
Definitely a beautiful shot. Fantastic
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quincyfloyd February 15, 2018
Thank you very much!
KiminWNC
 
KiminWNC March 05, 2018
Stunning
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quincyfloyd March 05, 2018
Thank you very much.
Oceanskyphotography PRO+
 
Oceanskyphotography October 29, 2018
One of the most amazing photos I have ever seen!
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quincyfloyd November 23, 2018
Thank you very much.
Oceanskyphotography PRO+
 
Oceanskyphotography November 09, 2018
Congratulations!! Absolutely well deserved! Simply amazing photo!!
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quincyfloyd November 23, 2018
Thank you very much, once again.
louisebruwer PRO+
 
louisebruwer November 09, 2018
Wonderful photo, congratulations
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quincyfloyd November 23, 2018
Thank you very much for the kind words.
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug November 09, 2018
Stunning and unique. Love it! Congratulations.
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quincyfloyd November 23, 2018
Thank you !
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle November 09, 2018
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
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quincyfloyd November 23, 2018
Thank you very much.
Cintography
 
Cintography November 10, 2018
Congratulations
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quincyfloyd November 23, 2018
Thank you very much.

Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken at one of the ponds in Central Park. I am drawn like a moth to a light whenever I see one of these magnificent creatures.
Time
The photograph was taken about midday on a very overcast day while the swan was calmly swimming. The grey clouds diffused and softened the usual harsh noon time sunlight.
Lighting
It was a dull cloudy day which inspired me to dramatize the lack of light and try to capture that mood in the image. The deep red in the eyes and bill I realized would be the only splash of color if the background colors and light were removed.
Equipment
This was a hand held shot on a Nikon D750 using a 70 - 200 mm lens captured at 1/125 shutter speed and an aperture of 5.6 with a focal length of 72 mm. There was no other equipment utilized in the image.
Inspiration
My stroll through the park usually includes one of several ponds which always have a variety of water fowl. I generally stop and wait a while to enjoy the view with the constantly changing birds, as they enter and leave the water and its banks.
Editing
The post processing was mainly cropping to emphasize the head and neck area of the swan, blacking out the background to remove any distractions, and reducing exposure a few stops to dramatize the plumage and splash of color. My initial thought was to have a white background to bring out the dark plumage, but abandoned that course completely once I viewed the impact of the black background on the image.
In my camera bag
I generally have my Nikon D750 camera with a prime Nikon 105 mm lens which is fabulous for macro photography and a Nikon 70 - 200 mm lens for all other situations, along with polarizers for the lenses. For specialty work I have an Altura 8 mm Fish Eye lens and a Nikon 50 mm prime lens for landscapes.
Feedback
I am always trying to capture every day images and emphasize their uniqueness in some way. This could be striking color or contrast with the subject and background or an expression on the face. I try differing the contrast or removing the background or severe cropping to see if the change improves the story I am trying to tell. I will sometimes try converting to a black and white image or applying a two tone filter or adjusting sharpness or haze.

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