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    The always watching eye of a black swan. I toke this shot as I noticed the sleeping black swan and he noticed me and open his deep ruby red eye. It was a magic moment because the contrast of the black feathers and the red eye catched me from the first time.
    Composition 4
    Lighting 3
    Creativity 2
    Story 1

    That red eye gazing towards us surrounded by a sea of grays and blacks is nothing short of intense and engaging! An awesome use of simplicity and contrast in a single frame to paint a portrait of this black swan. Nicely done!

    Kristen Mcnicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
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    Date Taken: Sep 15, 2018
    Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2018
    Camera: SONY ILCE-7R
    Focal Length: 200 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec
    Aperture: f/4
    ISO: 200
    Copyright: © Istvan Ladanyi
    Categories: Animals, Nature
    Assignments: My Best Photos of 2018, The Beauty of Birds, Close Encounters
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest