I broke down and bought Ron Resnick's e-book, and I am trying to apply his techniques. This is the first shoot that I have been able to do using some of what I have learned. In the two shots below, I spot metered on the Swans and compensated with +.1 EV. My post processing was with NC4. I used his recommendations for setting the shadow point. Then I just played a bit. The feathers on a Swan are difficult at beat. I hope that I did these justice. Comments welcome as always.