Sunday, March 15, 2009

WING TIPS - CRITTERS


Featherlight


Critters


Time has escaped me again so a little lateral thinking image and title. Almost lost another day(again) so one from the recent archives. Swan wings. I have so many swan images as the harbour is full of them all year round. They are a useful ( and needless to say beauitful) subject to make a study of by photographing many different ways. Just wanted to concentrate on the feathers with this image, so a partial capture of the area of interest.


One colour can have so many shades. Light bouncing off the water and the silken feathers show varying tones and textures. Angles too deflect or attract light which in turn cast shadows, heighten or hide areas. Individual feathers can appear almost translucent or groups of feathers the opposite opaque. The gentle breeze ruffles the feathers creating smooth or rougher textures. The image was taken at quite a distance but focusing on an area of the swan rather than the whole gives the illusion of closeness. Sometimes you can miss the finer detail by focusing on the overall image. For more swan images click red words below and spot the odd one out. Or is it?


Romance
Ever decreasing circles
The gymnast
Arty
Comedic
Mythical
Lateral


Misty Dawn's Critters of the world can be found by clicking here.

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50 comments:

Bordershot said...

The picture cut is great. Swans are so beautiful and graceful creatures.
Greatings from Germany

Kerri said...

Gorgeous!!

Sue said...

Thank you for the tips and a very pretty photo. I liked Gymnast best.

Greyscale Territory said...

Those swan wings are glorious! Your photo helps to appreciate all those layers of feathers!Fascinating perspective!

Bryan said...

Great words to accompany a great image.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Beautiful photo of the feathers, Babooshka. I love swans, but other than in the zoo, I don't think we have any residing locally. I was so thrilled to see swans in the rivers when I visited England 30 years ago. I could watch them all day.

Thanks for your visit to my Bits and Pieces (feather) post today, and thanks for the nice comments on that and the "Hands" photo. I can't figure out why you can't open the latter one for comments. A glitch, I guess.

Wishing you a most pleasant weekend.

i beati said...

looks like an angel Sandy

kayleen said...

Love how the light plays off the feathers, and you describe it so wonderfully.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Beautiful as always.

max said...

you seem a lot like the swans and it is true that they are fascinating to photograph! beautiful pictures

Judy said...

Thanks for all the swans! A real treat!!
Did you know swans have 22 bones in their necks? A giraffe has only 7, same as you and me.
In the Gumnast, each one of those 22 bones was used!

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful dancing feathers. I wish I could get close enough to do that.
We have Trumpeter and Tundra Swan that winter over in our Valley. This month they will be heading back up north to the Alaskan Tundra to breed and we will see them again next winter. they are lovely. MB

Jacob said...

There is a reason they are called graceful, and this photo captures that grace with light and grace. One can almost feel the softness.

Paul said...

Swans are violent birds but they do look graceful. Elegant photograph. Thanks for sharing

Rambling Round said...

I love the closeup of the feathers. Swans are such graceful creatures.

Michele said...

Elegant, absolutely stunning!

Pouty Lips said...

Beautiful!

Indrani said...

WOW! What a shot! You are ever alert to capture such stunning images.

Clueless in boston said...

Great composition.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What nice photo, i love swans as they are so graceful looking

Cloudia said...

a tutorial in form & light!
aloha

Anonymous said...

The details are very well captured.

Z said...

Your comment about the different shades struck home and I'm not even a color specialist, rather just fiddling around trying to get printed images to look close enough to how they look on the screen!!

Abe said...

Reminds me of long ago times when we collected down for pillows and comforters. Nice.

A Blog In The Rough said...

makes me wanna be a bird so I can have pretty wings too :)

Buck said...

One just never realises how many different whites there are until one sees this gorgeous example.

imac said...

What a fantastic shot, my friend, its wonderful.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

this is an excellent photo of white elegant looking feathers. The photo makes me appreciate the structure and complexity of birds, feathers, and flight. I am glad you enjoyed the Desert Wildflower Chihuly exhibit on my site. Everybody loves Chihuly. I will keep posting more of Chihuly over time.

B Squared said...

Lovely shot.

alex said...

Amazing shot. Beatiful. Even frightening. Power in those wings.

Dianne said...

fantastic composition, and the light is stunning

well done!!

gogouci said...

Great detail. I can count the feathers.

Bath Daily Photo Blog said...

Hello from Bath Daily Photo, love your photos, have faved you on our list!

Tootie said...

I think you are right about focusing on different aspects of a bird's beauty. I love your photo.

pj said...

Every feather is unique.

Carolina said...

A truly magnificent photo!

Hugs

Cecelia---Sis---Mom said...

What a great photo, just fascinating.

Cece

Bibi said...

Swan Lake! That's what I thought of. I think this is a really beautiful photo.

Denise said...

How fortunnate you are to have swans in your area. I see them so rarely. Beautiful images as are all the others. Thanks for the links.

storyteller said...

BEAUTIFUL wings !!!
Hugs and blessings,

Gretchen said...

That's a great shot!

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

The texture of the ruffled feathers is neat. - hmmm me being me - I think I could get those feathers even more ruffled for your picture.. just let me know.

Norwood

Joe Narvaez said...

Wow great timing! I love this photo.

Cath said...

Just had to comment here too - what a fantastic shot! You got the texture and lighting just perfect.

I had forgotten how good you are. My own fault for not blogging more often!

Bruce said...

Nice photo! I like birds, but I think I might be a little bit afraid to chase this one!

JM said...

Absolutely brilliant!!! This is the most clever framing, Babooshka!

susieofarabia said...

That is a very cool shot, Babs! You're a photographic genious!!!

picture to words said...

sometimes i feel like that

Manz said...

Majestic.

I love a a well cropped image. You did a great job caturing this image.

Leanne said...

Love your swans.... feathers have so many textures they are great to get up close and photograph as you have.

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