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The Charge
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The Charge
The Charge
A male swan defending its mate.
© Wolfgang Dolak
 
 
 
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    This is great, Birdie!! Wonderful light (as usual) and exciting action. Nice catch.

5/14/2003 12:06:01 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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wow, great shot! - love the lighting - how did you do the lighting?

 
Connie L. Carpenter
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WOw... I'm so happy that I did not miss this one. Wonderful, wonderful work.... absolutely the best swan photo I have ever seen. Congratulations on this beautiful image!

 
Timothy L. Leggett
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Hi, Birdie, this is very beautiful, I love it.

Tim

 
Judy M. Sayers

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Awesome capture Birdie!! Great stop action.

 
Duane Carter
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WOW !!! Great, birdie! I believe this will be seen in the winners. Duane:))

 
Cathy Barrows
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Stunning and speachless

 
Lorraine T. Lynch
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This is excellent Birdie!

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Winner, winner, winner!!!!!! Beautiful lighting, great job, birdie!!!!

 
Judith G. Secco
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Absolutely incredible photo. Definitely a winnner here!!!
Judy

 
Nancy  L. Ferrell

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Applause....Applause...
The lighting is most perfect

 
Damian P. Gadal
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Great shot bridie!!!

 
Gary Minish
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Wow! Powerful action, great lighting, excellent detail and lots of excitement in this capture! Beautiful shot, birdie!

 
Ken Ke-Wei Pan

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\(WoW)/ You show a strong image of wildlife!! Thank you for sharing! I really like it.

 
Dottie Shepherd

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This is absolutely Marvelous!!! What more can I say that everyone else hasn't said...just great

 
Gordon J. Evans
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Outstanding shot!!

 
Wolfgang Dolak

member since: 10/10/2002
 

Wow, what a reaction!! Thank you all for your kind words.
This beautiful swan was guarding his mate and came running across the surface very aggressively. No time to put up a tripod, just try to shoot handheld at 280mm. I would have gone for a motion blur, if there had been time and room for a tripod to keep track of the charging animal.
As to the lighting: it was low light late afternoon, I underexposed the image on purpose and in addition adjusted levels in PS. I also took away a little red from the warm sun, as the feathers had quite an unnatural reddish shine, part of it can still be seen.
Thanks again, you've all made me very happy!
birdie

 
Jeff Galbraith
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Wow Birdie--simply stunning image.

 
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Breathtaking photo! I can't resist revisiting it often, and marvel each time at your vision and expertise! All of your photos are in a class by themselves. Thanks for sharing your art!

 
Wolfgang Dolak

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Thanks to you also, Jeff and Jean!!
birdie

 
ilana Peled
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I was browsing through your gallery and came across this wonderful image.
And I kept staring at it because it seems to me like a maevel - in a minute the swan will be out of the frame.
Beautiful !!!

 
Wolfgang Dolak

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Thank you too, Ilana - very much appreciated!!
birdie

 
Thomasa 

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Such a beautiful shot. I like the low lighting, the sharp detail and great reflection! Really a stunning image and the title is perfect!!

 
Viveca Venegas
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This is magnific!! How could I missed it? Viveca.

 
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This photo is incredibly breathtaking. The subtle emergence of the swan evokes a somewhat primordial setting. I love what you do with color and shadow.

 
Rhonda Maurer

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Absolutely stunning!
Rhonda

 
Susana Matos
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this is a kind of "unique" photo even if you have beautiful ones in your gallery. I feel like I found a home here with some great and passioned photographers as you.
Su, POrtugal

 
Gary Minish
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Yet another! Way to go, birdie! This one WILL be a winner! It's definitely a first place in my book!

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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This gets my vote for grand prize, birdie! I just love it!

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison

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Absolutely smashing photo. It has winner written all over it. Congrats!

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Congrats Birdie on this one, knew it was a winner!

 
Duane Carter
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Congratulations birdie, this is a stunnig image. Duane:)

 
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Congrats again on a great shot, Birdie!

 
Bernard B. Travers
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Congratulations, again, Master Picturetaker.

 
Jean Papo
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Congratulations, Birdie! I also vote for this for GRAND PRIZE! It's a beautiful work of art!

 
Dottie Shepherd

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CONGRATULATIONS...A Great Piece of Work

 
Stephanie Adams
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Oooooohhh!!! This is my favorite birdie!!! How wonderful and very moving. A winner!!

By the way, was the little otter released and is he doing fine still?

 
Elizabeth A. Zibas
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Wow Birdie, this is just fantastic. A huge congrats to you.

 
Timothy L. Leggett
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congrats, Birdie.

Tim

 
clifton Mair
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Connie said it all - this is the best swan shot I've ever seen!!
Hope it wins and goes further out into the world :)

 
s?ren skov

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WoW this is really a GREAT shot.
Congrats.

 
William C. Raco
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This is so good, I don't know if wishing you good luck would be of any help, but I shall.
Best of luck, birdie.
Can't see how it can not win.


bill

 
Darren K. Fisher
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WOW Birdie I missed this wonderful image. This is beautiful, congrats on all of your great images.

 
Wolfgang Dolak

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Thought I had an email-bomb, when I opened my email account!
THANK YOU ALL for your wishes and the constant support. I am very happy to receive so many kind comments from people who are great photographers themselves!!!
birdie

 
Mark Oxley
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A masterpiece Birdie!! A one in a million capture that should make you so very proud.

 
Gerda Grice
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What an amazing an beautiful image, Birdie! I'm very sorry that I missed it during the month, but delighted that I've now had the opportunity to see it and be stunned by it! This is truly great work, Birdie. Congratulations and best of luck in the finals!

 
Peggy Wolff
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Absolutly beautiful Birdie!! I just counted and you have *8 photos in the finalists! Yet a few of my favorites of yours are still not there. You are a incrediablly talented photographer. I think we need to get you teaching a class on BP!

 
Jean Papo
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I second Margaret's motion, Professor Birdie!

 
Damian P. Gadal
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Congrats birdie! :-)

 
clifton Mair
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Birdie congratulations on your win!! Fantastic :)

 
s?ren skov

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You has richly deserved it...CONGRATS

 
Joy Brown
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BIG CONGRATS, birdie - this is outstanding!

 
Kathleen Clemons
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BIG CONGRATS from me too! :)

 
Elizabeth A. Zibas
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Without a doubt Birdie, this is one fantastic image. A Big Congrats from me too. Bravo.

 
Connie L. Carpenter
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WOlfgang... I knew this would be a winner... I thought it would be the grand. Far and away the most thrilling piece of work I have seen in a long, long time. Thank you for creating this wonderful work of art. Congratulations, I cannot rave enough about this image.

 
Peggy Wolff
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Congrats on a very well deserved win!

 
William C. Raco
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I just knew this one was going far.
Great work, birdie
Congratulations.

bill

 
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OH MY, Birdie!! Terrific! A well deserved FIRST place! You're awesome!

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison

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This fantastic photo is very much deserving its first place! Congratulations!

 
Connie I. Chandler

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Birdie, Congratulations on Grand Prize! This photograph is breathtaking! Wonderful job!

 
Stephanie Adams
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YES!!!! This is such an amazing image and I am so happy it has placed!! Many congrats birdie!!!! Well deserved!!

 
Bernard B. Travers
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WAY TO GO, BIG GUY. ITS SURE ABOUT TIME. CONGRATULATIONS, ALL AROUND, FOR A WELL DESERVED AWARD, GOOD BUDDY.

 
Viveca Venegas
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Bravísimo for you Wolfgang!! Viveca.

 
Patrick Campbell
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You hit a home run with this one. Congrats on your win with this awesome image. Pat

 
Ellen Peach
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What an amazing shot....congrats, Birdie!

 
Jean Papo
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Birdie, congratulations on your First Place win. This is a totally awesome photo!!!!!!

 
Debbie S.
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Congratulations on your win!!! This is JUST beautiful....the best of the month, in my book!!! The light, as always, is gorgeous, the action is amazing...AWESOME!!!!!

 
Damian P. Gadal
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Well deserved CONGRATS! Way to go birdie!!!

 
Jeff Galbraith
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Congratulations Birdie--you really earned your win with this superb shot.

 
Gerda Grice
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Congratulations on your very, very well deserved first place win! That superb shot just had to be a winner!

 
Gustaf L Bjerne

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Fantastic capture!

Great work and congrats!

 
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Congratulations, Birdie. Great image!!

 
Donna R. Moratelli
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WOW BIRDIE,CONGRATULATIONS

 
Gary Minish
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A clear cut choice on this one, birdie! This is DEFINITELY an appropriate winner! Way to go my friend!!

 
Cathy Barrows
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Stunning...the sharpness is amazing with this action shot in what looks like low light...everything is just perfect

 
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Congratulations birdie! Beautifully done!

 
Timothy L. Leggett
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congrats, Birdie, a well deserved win.

Tim

 
Wolfgang Dolak

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Well, what can I say ??? First of all a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who have taken the time and written comments on my photos since I have started posting. If somebody says he/she doesn't need any reaction, what is the photography for then? Of course, a good photo is a pleasure for oneself, but it is so much more to share and create feelings/thoughts in the people who look at them. So one needs the feedback and you have given me a lot of it all the time!! Again thank you all!
Secondly I also want to say thanks to Betterphoto team and the jury, who voted for my photos!!!
birdie

 
Claudia Kuhn
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This was such a super photo!! Congratulations on your win!!!

 
Gene Spears
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congratulations! - well deserved!

 
Elizabeth Stiles

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Congratulations on your winning shot!

 
Collin Clack

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Wolfgang, this is such an inspiring shot. I love the lighting on this. Well done on your first place.

 
Charlotte English
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This is the most beautiful swan photo I have ever seen! Wonderful lighting and composition. Very sharp and captivating. Great capture of this ellegant bird. Congratulations on this well deserved win! ;o)

 
Wolfgang Dolak

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Thank you too for your more than kind words, Claudia, Gene, Elizabeth, Collin and Charlotte!! You make me very happy!
birdie

 
Judith G. Secco
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Congratulations on this outstanding photo, birdie. Just incredible!
Judy

 
Jimmy Wen

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Fabulous! Did anybody has used this word in their comment? I think I was lucky to found this only left adjective in the Dictionary. Great photography, Birdie!

 
Donna R. Moratelli
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WOw,This is great. Those female swans are lucky ladies. Great shot Birdie! COngratulations on this one too.

 
Sharon E. Lowe
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Congrats - so well-deserved!

 
Monika Sapek
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Terrific photo! Great lighting and I just love the reflection here! Many congratulations on your wonderful winning photo, Birdie!
Monika

 
Cheryl Meisel
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OH MY GOSH this is wonderful!!!! It is my first time seeing this. What a great WINNER I just love it. Biggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg CONGRATS!!! Cheryl

 
Mary-Ella Bowles
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I don't imagine there is much to be said that hasn't already BEEN said, many times over. A BIG congratulations on your first place finish with this fabulous, compelling image, Wolfgang (or birdie? - Everyone seems to call you that). It is truly awe-inspiring...

 
Marija Milovanovic Maksimovic

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Truly magnificent scene and You've captured it perfectly! Congratulations Wolfgang!

 
Zita A. Strother
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WOW!!!! It is a wonderful image and truly touches my heart and makes me hold my breath in wonder.
Thank you for again capturing the magic of mother nature!
Zita
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 
Robert Pranagal
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hi Wolfgang,

Just stopped by to say hello and MANY CONGRATS on this superb win.

RP

 
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WOW, I had to page down just to make a comment. Thought I was going straight down to .......well, never mind! ;o) Congratulations Birdie! What an excellant capture!

 
Wolfgang Dolak

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Thank you all so much for the more than kind words you have found about the photograph - you can imagine that I really feel very happy!! I promise to keep trying to show the beauty of nature on and on and on...

THANK YOU!!
birdie

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations, Birdie!

Cathy :)

 
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HI Birdie! I am so disappointed in myself! I thought I HAD congratulated you on this most magical, masterfully executed image...and I didn't!! My...you most certainly deserve all the accolades ....a worthy winner without a doubt! I'm sure glad I was poking around the June winners today!! Excuse my lateness!

 
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Me too Birdie.....with everything going on in my life (which you know)...I believe I had overlooked congratulating you too! Better late than never :)

 
Patricia Arrance

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This is absolutely---------- fantastic.I am pea green with envy that you got to enjoy the action of this male swan and to boot a perfect capture.

8/8/2003 5:40:16 PM

 
Wolfgang Dolak

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Thank you too, Cathy, Dolores, Lorraine and Patricia!
I am way behind viewing photographs and commenting myself, most of us have jobs that don't allow to just sit and browse through all these interesting images. So I'll be the last to be disappointed if I get no comments on my own photos! I know what a task it would be to be up-to-date!
Lorraine, I'm with you in my thoughts!
birdie

8/9/2003 12:20:33 AM

 
Stephanie L. Kopcik
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This is absolutely breathtaking! How did you capture such an amazing moment! This is the sort of image that should be hanging in a gallery! Fantastic! Definately my favorite of all time!

2/2/2004 10:36:32 PM

 
bob cornelison
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OK this is so redundant but I just found your site and this shot is so incredible that I just had to tell you. Your site has really great work and you should be doing well as a photographer I hope. Keep it up.

2/8/2004 9:12:48 PM

 
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