Saturday, May 16, 2009

SHY SWAN IN SOFT LIGHT - CRITTERS

I can see you!

Critters


A really quick post today. When in doubt get the swan shots out. Not so much in doubt but more pushed for time. So a little monochrome of this sweet coy swan who just wouldn't lift his/her head for me to photograph the beautiful line of the neck in the soft half light. Still those lovely white feathers really jump out against the dark water which was the aim of the image anyway. Gotta love swans to photograph. Elegant, slow, graceful and beautiful. Word of warning though don't make one angry. Not so beautiful, elegant, slow or at all graceful when they are hissing or spitting at you. That scenario doesn't quite fit the delicate, serene image above does it? For more serene swans not having a hissy fit click colours below.


Wing tips!
Romance
Ever decreasing circles
Arty
Comedic
Mythical
Lateral


I hope you like the little joke image one in there too. Gotta run.




45 comments:

Kitty said...

Monochrome birds seem fashionable just now ;)

I'm glad the swan was being shy - it's way more interesting and the neck still has a lovely curve to it.

Brian Miller said...

great b&w. captures the grace well.

Mamapippa said...

It's a great shot in black and white !
A beauty !

i beati said...

lovely pose sandy

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Striking photo! WOW! Super.

Jedediah said...

Great pose and great capture!

Teena in Toronto said...

What a nice effect!

I played too :)

marley said...

Yeah, swans can be quite scary. Even vicious!

Great b&w photo.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Hmm, your post sounds as though you've found yourself in the unfortunate postition of making a swan angry at least once. LOL Yes, it's almost a Jekyll and Hyde switch in personality isn't it? Lovely photo!

Kate said...

B&W is perfect for this shot. It's quite lovely.

Dusty Lens said...

Lovely B&W. Is Miss Swan camera shy, or concealing herself from the wildlife paparazzi?

Snap said...

This is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your swan.

Ladynred said...

Great B & W shot! It's Beautiful.

Jane said...

Nice shot, such strong and lovely birds.

vincibene said...

I love this picture! Light and shadows and the elegant form of the swan.

Sally in WA said...

Simply beautiful!

Pagan Sphinx said...

Gorgeous.

Cloudia said...

Graceful words & images of a gracful creature. Aloha

Tom said...

Graceful.

Thumbelina said...

Beautiful at any time but great contrast in mono. Great shot.

fishing guy said...

Babooshaka: Nicely done with the B&W on the swan, it fits right into this coloring sceme.

Flo said...

Oh that is a beautiful picture. I love B&W.

Rhea said...

All those swan photos are AMAZING. I love the wing tips especially.

Gorgeous photography.

P said...

All the swans are beautiful but Wing tips is a stunning photograph. The light is perfect here.

Nice to see you back on FB.

Joy said...

So so so SO graceful!

Mama Zen said...

Lovely!

Gaelyn said...

Love the graceful lines. Don't see swans around here. Great capture.

Greyscale Territory said...

It's good to see a swan in a non-traditional pose and still manage to look so elegant! Great contrasts in monochrome!

Hilary said...

I've never tried black and white. Guess some images just suit it. Love the dark light and the line of the animal.

Carolina said...

A very soft swanphoto indeed. It has something very dreamy about it *yawn*
I definitely need another coffee!

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Beautiful, i love Swans. They are quite scary when annoyed though..lol

Jim said...

Great b&w.

Tanya said...

So elegant.

Karen said...

I love swans !!!

Very nice photo .. I really like the monochrome treatment..

Marie Reed said...

Hey some of that swan spit spattered my screen!

Bibi said...

Lovely shot, and yes, I've been spat at before, as has a former dog of mine!

Pam said...

Elegant and graceful says it all.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Swans aren't known for sweet personalities. But they are sure are beautiful birds!

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

Excellent curves, light, and tones, B!

Anonymous said...

Perfect

Moon-Writer said...

Truly a lovely photograph.This is a picture to be proud of! Nice, very nice!

Gretchen said...

What a stunning photo! Some shots are just meant to be done in black and white. :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with Gretchen.

Virginia said...

You can drag these gorgeous swans out anytime you want to. Just a lovely capture here.
V

Mojo said...

I never see these around my neck of the woods. (get it... neck? nevermind.)

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