The Charge

© Wolfgang Dolak

The Charge

Murry Grigsby May 14, 2003

This is great, Birdie!! Wonderful light (as usual) and exciting action. Nice catch. #34949

Claudia Kuhn level-classic May 26, 2019

wow, great shot! - love the lighting - how did you do the lighting? #96645

Connie L. Carpenter May 26, 2019

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! #96655

Timothy L. Leggett May 26, 2019

Hi, Birdie, this is very beautiful, I love it.

Tim #96656

Judy M. Sayers May 26, 2019

Awesome capture Birdie!! Great stop action. #96662

Duane Carter May 26, 2019

WOW !!! Great, birdie! I believe this will be seen in the winners. Duane:)) #96667

Cathy Barrows May 26, 2019

Stunning and speachless #96711

Lorraine T. Lynch level-classic May 26, 2019

This is excellent Birdie! #96721

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe May 26, 2019

Winner, winner, winner!!!!!! Beautiful lighting, great job, birdie!!!! #96723

Judith G. Secco May 26, 2019

Absolutely incredible photo. Definitely a winnner here!!!
Judy #96742

Nancy L. Ferrell May 26, 2019

Applause....Applause...
The lighting is most perfect #96762

Damian P. Gadal May 26, 2019

Great shot bridie!!! #96770

Gary H. Minish level-deluxe May 26, 2019

Wow! Powerful action, great lighting, excellent detail and lots of excitement in this capture! Beautiful shot, birdie! #96798

Ken Ke-Wei Pan May 26, 2019

\(WoW)/ You show a strong image of wildlife!! Thank you for sharing! I really like it. #96909

Dottie Shepherd May 26, 2019

This is absolutely Marvelous!!! What more can I say that everyone else hasn't said...just great #96922

Gordon J. Evans May 26, 2019

Outstanding shot!! #96923

Wolfgang Dolak May 26, 2019

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 #97083

Jeff Galbraith May 26, 2019

Wow Birdie--simply stunning image. #97099

Jean Papo May 26, 2019

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! #97162

Wolfgang Dolak May 26, 2019

Thanks to you also, Jeff and Jean!!
birdie #98022

ilana peled level-classic May 26, 2019

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 !!! #98068

Wolfgang Dolak May 26, 2019

Thank you too, Ilana - very much appreciated!!
birdie #98382

Thomasa May 26, 2019

Such a beautiful shot. I like the low lighting, the sharp detail and great reflection! Really a stunning image and the title is perfect!! #98690

Viveca Venegas level-deluxe May 26, 2019

This is magnific!! How could I missed it? Viveca. #99477

Bernard B. Travers May 26, 2019

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. #100197

Rhonda Maurer level-addict May 26, 2019

Absolutely stunning!
Rhonda #108383

Susana Matos May 26, 2019

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 #112098

Gary H. Minish level-deluxe May 26, 2019

Yet another! Way to go, birdie! This one WILL be a winner! It's definitely a first place in my book! #112820

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe May 26, 2019

This gets my vote for grand prize, birdie! I just love it! #112973

Mette Vendelboe Allison level-classic May 26, 2019

Absolutely smashing photo. It has winner written all over it. Congrats! #113230

Claudia Kuhn level-classic May 26, 2019

Congrats Birdie on this one, knew it was a winner! #113345

Duane Carter May 26, 2019

Congratulations birdie, this is a stunnig image. Duane:) #113417

Murry Grigsby May 26, 2019

Congrats again on a great shot, Birdie! #113440

Bernard B. Travers May 26, 2019

Congratulations, again, Master Picturetaker. #113491

Jean Papo May 26, 2019

Congratulations, Birdie! I also vote for this for GRAND PRIZE! It's a beautiful work of art! #113552

Dottie Shepherd May 26, 2019

CONGRATULATIONS...A Great Piece of Work #113576

Stephanie Adams May 26, 2019

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? #113848

Elizabeth A. Zibas May 26, 2019

Wow Birdie, this is just fantastic. A huge congrats to you. #113878

Timothy L. Leggett May 26, 2019

congrats, Birdie.

Tim #114112

clifton Mair May 26, 2019

Connie said it all - this is the best swan shot I've ever seen!!
Hope it wins and goes further out into the world :) #114266

s?ren skov May 26, 2019

WoW this is really a GREAT shot.
Congrats. #114321

William C. Raco level-addict May 26, 2019

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 #114329

Darren K. Fisher level-classic May 26, 2019

WOW Birdie I missed this wonderful image. This is beautiful, congrats on all of your great images. #114847

Wolfgang Dolak May 26, 2019

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 #114951

Mark Oxley May 26, 2019

A masterpiece Birdie!! A one in a million capture that should make you so very proud. #115020

Gerda Grice level-classic May 26, 2019

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! #115560

Peggy Wolff May 26, 2019

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! #116204

Jean Papo May 26, 2019

I second Margaret's motion, Professor Birdie! #116356

Damian P. Gadal May 26, 2019

Congrats birdie! :-) #116388

clifton Mair May 26, 2019

Birdie congratulations on your win!! Fantastic :) #117013

s?ren skov May 26, 2019

You has richly deserved it...CONGRATS #117016

Joy Brown May 26, 2019

BIG CONGRATS, birdie - this is outstanding! #117019

Kathleen Clemons May 26, 2019

BIG CONGRATS from me too! :) #117033

Elizabeth A. Zibas May 26, 2019

Without a doubt Birdie, this is one fantastic image. A Big Congrats from me too. Bravo. #117124

Connie L. Carpenter May 26, 2019

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. #117142

Peggy Wolff May 26, 2019

Congrats on a very well deserved win! #117171

William C. Raco level-addict May 26, 2019

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

bill #117182

Dolores Neilson May 26, 2019

OH MY, Birdie!! Terrific! A well deserved FIRST place! You're awesome! #117201

Mette Vendelboe Allison level-classic May 26, 2019

This fantastic photo is very much deserving its first place! Congratulations! #117230

Connie I. Chandler May 26, 2019

Birdie, Congratulations on Grand Prize! This photograph is breathtaking! Wonderful job! #117277

Stephanie Adams May 26, 2019

YES!!!! This is such an amazing image and I am so happy it has placed!! Many congrats birdie!!!! Well deserved!! #117321

Bernard B. Travers May 26, 2019

WAY TO GO, BIG GUY. ITS SURE ABOUT TIME. CONGRATULATIONS, ALL AROUND, FOR A WELL DESERVED AWARD, GOOD BUDDY. #117407

Viveca Venegas level-deluxe May 26, 2019

BravĂ­simo for you Wolfgang!! Viveca. #117413

Patrick Campbell May 26, 2019

You hit a home run with this one. Congrats on your win with this awesome image. Pat #117445

Ellen Peach May 26, 2019

What an amazing shot....congrats, Birdie! #117456

Jean Papo May 26, 2019

Birdie, congratulations on your First Place win. This is a totally awesome photo!!!!!! #117474

Debbie S. May 26, 2019

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!!!!! #117557

Damian P. Gadal May 26, 2019

Well deserved CONGRATS! Way to go birdie!!! #117580

Jeff Galbraith May 26, 2019

Congratulations Birdie--you really earned your win with this superb shot. #117626

Gerda Grice level-classic May 26, 2019

Congratulations on your very, very well deserved first place win! That superb shot just had to be a winner! #117648

Gustaf L Bjerne May 26, 2019

Fantastic capture!

Great work and congrats! #117656

Murry Grigsby May 26, 2019

Congratulations, Birdie. Great image!! #117691

Donna R. Moratelli May 26, 2019

WOW BIRDIE,CONGRATULATIONS #117704

Gary H. Minish level-deluxe May 26, 2019

A clear cut choice on this one, birdie! This is DEFINITELY an appropriate winner! Way to go my friend!! #117757

Cathy Barrows May 26, 2019

Stunning...the sharpness is amazing with this action shot in what looks like low light...everything is just perfect #117802

Carol Engstrom level-addict May 26, 2019

Congratulations birdie! Beautifully done! #117872

Timothy L. Leggett May 26, 2019

congrats, Birdie, a well deserved win.

Tim #117885

Wolfgang Dolak May 26, 2019

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 #117891

Claudia Kuhn level-classic May 26, 2019

This was such a super photo!! Congratulations on your win!!! #117943

Gene Spears May 26, 2019

congratulations! - well deserved! #117977

Elizabeth Stiles May 26, 2019

Congratulations on your winning shot! #118055

Collin Clack May 26, 2019

Wolfgang, this is such an inspiring shot. I love the lighting on this. Well done on your first place. #118148

Charlotte English May 26, 2019

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) #118160

Wolfgang Dolak May 26, 2019

Thank you too for your more than kind words, Claudia, Gene, Elizabeth, Collin and Charlotte!! You make me very happy!
birdie #118223

Judith G. Secco May 26, 2019

Congratulations on this outstanding photo, birdie. Just incredible!
Judy #118342

Jimmy Wen May 26, 2019

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! #118436

Donna R. Moratelli May 26, 2019

WOw,This is great. Those female swans are lucky ladies. Great shot Birdie! COngratulations on this one too. #118468

Sharon E. Lowe level-addict May 26, 2019

Congrats - so well-deserved! #118630

Monika Sapek level-classic May 26, 2019

Terrific photo! Great lighting and I just love the reflection here! Many congratulations on your wonderful winning photo, Birdie!
Monika
#118662

Cheryl Meisel May 26, 2019

OH MY GOSH this is wonderful!!!! It is my first time seeing this. What a great WINNER I just love it. Biggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg CONGRATS!!! Cheryl #118811

Mary-Ella Bowles level-deluxe May 26, 2019

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... #119317

Marija Milovanovic Maksimovic May 26, 2019

Truly magnificent scene and You've captured it perfectly! Congratulations Wolfgang! #119416

Zita A. Strother level-deluxe May 26, 2019

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!!! #119653

Robert Pranagal May 26, 2019

hi Wolfgang,

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

RP #119727

Karen Seargeant May 26, 2019

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! #120338

Wolfgang Dolak May 26, 2019

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 #120766

Cathy M. Gromball May 26, 2019

Congratulations, Birdie!

Cathy :) #126306

Dolores Neilson May 26, 2019

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! #129861

Lorraine T. Lynch level-classic May 26, 2019

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 :) #129869

Patricia Arrance August 08, 2003

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. #160677

Wolfgang Dolak August 09, 2003

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 #160849

Stephanie L. Kopcik February 02, 2004

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! #359364

bob cornelison February 08, 2004

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. #368062

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A male swan defending its mate.

Uploaded on May 14, 2003

BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner


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