Sunday, February 08, 2009

Lone Swan - Critters

Me Myself I


The photo I wanted to upload I can't find to hand it's late so I've just grabbed this one. It's back in the harbour. The lonesome swan was swimming towards the wall that separates the harbour from the park lake. Is it me or can you make out a face in those feathers. Maybe it's me. 


The harbour is always full of swans so they are always a fall back option to post. I'm busy sorting through tonnes of images, especially bird photographs at the moment, particularly swans. I have that many now I may be tempted to let the odd freebie go to a good home. Have to think about that one.  I like this one very much on a personal level, how white the swan is against the darkened water, but it's a little arty and bold for the gallery I'm planning. It will make sense when you see it.  Have to see how the credit crunch is affecting this photographer to see if I can let a few images go then. This is one I am debating about for the new website. So many swans so little space. Somethings gotta give. 


I'm keeping this short and sweet tonight. Going to pour myself a drink, take a break and then plough on with the clear out. Maybe even update Facebook. To all you "budding" photographers out there have fun and don't be bitter, there's plenty of images to go round and advise.i  More critters can be found at Misty Dawn's if you just click here

Babooshka ramsey daily photo http://dailyphotoisleofman.blogspot.com/

57 comments:

Tammy said...

That is just gorgeous! I'm glad you used this one, it's beautiful!

NoBS said...

That's a beautiful picture!

My Way said...

This is beautiful, so white.

Kathy said...

Beautiful swan. I looked really hard at her feathers and I swear I can't see a face. =) Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

nanak said...

wow! this is really beautiful

Manz said...

For a last minute grab, this is a great image!!

I see a dogs nose, mouth and eye in the shadows of the end feathers. But I grew up looking for shapes in clouds with my sister - how many kids to you see doing that these days?!

I appreciate you dropping by my cc post for the week. I was pleased that that "crap" that went down on my post didn't deter you from coming back ;)

Babooshka said...

Manz- We've all been there. Just stick with it. You were the one in the right.

lynn said...

Great shot Babooshka. I so need a new camera. lol.

Carletta said...

Lovely shot - you said it best yourself - arty and bold!

roentarre said...

So effective composition

Wonderful!

Mojo said...

That's a fascinating composition. Most of us would have centered the swan in the frame, probably myself included. This way lends SO much more interest.

Marvelous as always!

Ken said...

Babs. I see this in advertising over on one side. I will try this. How do you focus the swan though in manual if it's not centre? Lot to learn still. Any tips as always appreciated.

alicesg said...

This is a very beautiful photo of the swan. I love spending time with swan. Once I had two swan from afar swam so fast towards me, it was a pleasant sight. I should have taken a video of them swimming towards me.

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Wow, what a beautiful photo! You had me at the swan shot....but then I scrolled down a bit and I take it you are a Kate Bush fan?
Me too! Thanks for visiting me and the Hounds of Love!

magiceye said...

the perspective that you have taken it from makes it looks much more elegant!

cheers!

June said...

Love the way you framed this shot!

fishing guy said...

Babooshka: Swans are such a beautiful bird but they are rather mean.

Small City Scenes said...

Black and white but not..... MB

George said...

This picture may have been a second choice, but it is beautiful.

Bruce said...

love your photo! the contrast between the black & white is stunning...how's that for a cat's perspective?

Guy D said...

Love this pic, well done.

Cheers!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Barbara said...

Very Beautiful Swan. Love the dark back ground against the white of the swan. Great contrast.
Smiles B

Steve Ballmer said...

... well written people, I enjoy a good, interesting blog!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

she looks so graceful (which is why i labelled her as a she)

Mamapippa said...

Love the swan and the photo !
The color is so pure white.
Have a nice day!

angela said...

Surely this has to be a keeper. It's stunning.
I love swans, their beauty, grace and loyalty (and bad temper)

Greyscale Territory said...

Love how the swan dominates and fills half the image, leaving the waters to create an enigmatic space in the other!

And I see a tiny sleeping baby with bonnet curled up in the tail feathers! I too loved watching clouds as a child and imagining!

april said...

Swans are so beautiful birds. The black background here is fine.

Troy Shorter said...

Okay, after our conversation on facebook, which I hope you've read my reply?

I like this, the swan almost looks angelic in the shrouded darkness of the water, I particularly like the composition and angle, the slightly offset birds eye view works fantasticly for this picture.

Carolina said...

Wonderful photo! The white swan against the dark water is beautiful indeed. Can see no face however. And I've really, really looked for it. Ah well.

(and our cats and dogs are really great friends, so no human intervention was needed for my CC-photos :-) and thanks for the other comment too, see...it really helps ;-))

Dancin' Fool said...

That is lovely. Lone swans always make me sad as they mate for life. I am telling myself that this ones mate is away in the bushes building the nest!

Mary said...

What a beautiful swan all by herself. Hope she finds a mate. It does look really nice with that black background!

Jedediah said...

I love that shot, it jumps right out of the screen at you

Reader Wil said...

Your swan is very clear and pure against the dark background. I happen to have thousands of swan pictures myself. I think because they fascinate me . I think it's a beautiful bird and it's never boring to see it.

Martin In Bulgaria said...

I like this, it feels as if the picture has something missing as if you are looking for something else perhaps another swan to fill the void.

Miss_Yves said...

Beautiful bird and original angle of view !
Do you want to play with me and HPY:
The rule is very plain : choose in your sixth album the sixth photo , describe it, and choose six other bloggers to go on ...
(There is a link on my blog towards HPY's blog)

i beati said...

made even lovelier on that black- what is that little bird on the right sidebar??

Quiet Paths said...

I really like this angle; it's so unusual to be nose to nose with a swan so to speak!

Bibi said...

I very much like this swan photo. It would make a lovely greeting card of some sort, with a quotation written on the right...

Chris said...

Do you place on the left at lot? It's a very compelling image and so sharp.

Pete said...

Great shot, I like the dark and white contrast. I have looked every which way but can't see a face though :)

Cheers
Pete
www.hamilton-nz.blogspot.com
www.gullnet.blogspot.com

Does The Camera Lie ? said...

Enjoy your drink, pour us one. Great image. TFx

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

beautiful, new or old.
hey, feel free to look for me on facebook. :)

marley said...

Striking photo. Good luck with the new project, have fun :)

Neva said...

we don't see so many swans around here...this one is lovely...

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Beuatiful swan against the dark background.

Babooshka said...

Sandi It's a siskin. Thanks too for the idea for todays post.

Joyoz said...

Very lovely swan and great focus of his whole whiteness.

Virginia said...

Drop dead gorgeous. Oh my goodness B.
V

Kate said...

Is this a perfect example of the rule of three?! How wonderful to have a harbor full of swans!!

AppleDebbie said...

I love the contrast of the white swan against the dark background. Wonderful photo!

2sweetnsaxy said...

I really like this one too. It's beautiful and I like that the swan is not centered.

Mo said...

I love the angle you have taken this from. Make a great card.

Susie of Arabia said...

Babs - it's a great shot! I love the angle from up above and how the swan is off to the side. Very nice...

Marie-Noyale said...

I me mine...

Catherine said...

A real swansong of a shot..encore!!

Manz said...

Thanks for the words of encouragement Babooshka!

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