It is time for another photo selection and even though I have a bunch of nice photos with the same subject from the same day, I will not put them in the same article. I will mix up the species photographed even though this will probably mean that I will repeat myself about the set up of some particular shoots.
This Mute swan (Cygnus olor), as well as the juveniles from the next photo, were photographed in the same beautiful evening at the sunset. I’ve already put a photograph of the juveniles in the Photo selection 02 article and I still have a few to show in the next ones. For these photos, I have used the vegetation from the edge of the lake to enrich the frame, the mood and it was also a way for me to lower myself to their eye-level as much as I could. The position in which this swan poses can be judged as a threatening position, they use it to show their strength in hopes they intimidate a potential adversary. He (judging by the frontal bulb) was backlit so shadows were created on its body but the nice light of the sunset reflects in the water enhancing the photo. With the F stop to 6.3, I had to lower my shutter speed to 1/800 sec. in order to get an acceptable ISO -800.
The juveniles Mute swans (Cygnus olor) offered me lots of opportunities to photograph them so that’s what I did, catching them in different poses and compositions. In this picture, they were moving in unison as a group disturbed by something. Their bodies are lid up by the warm light of the sunset making this picture even more special. Using the lowest F stop that the lens offers at 600mm, F6.3, with the shutter speed at 1/800 sec. I’ve got the auto ISO to
In the same day, I was hoping that a bird will cross through the reflection of the sun in the water so I can photograph its silhouette. I was lucky enough that this duck decided to do just that, it is not the perfect position that I’ve imagined but I consider it nice enough to share in a selection. I am not sure about the species of the duck and I do not want to make guesses. The setting for this one was almost the same as the previous one with F6.3, shutter speed at 1/800 sec. but the ISO was a bit lower, ISO-360, because of all the light bouncing from the lake’s surface.
This time in a different day but at the same bird watching spot, I got tree picture that I think is worth sharing for different reasons. It was a sunny, clear day and few more other photographers were present in the same spot, all waiting for the White-tailed eagles (Haliaeetus
*I did remove the vegetation in Photoshop, let me know what you think. Do you do this kind of modifications?
At one point another bird of prey flew by, this time a Common buzzard (Buteo buteo). He/she flew to our left side coming parallel to the line of trees and right before reaching us he disappeared over them. I did get some clear shots from a little unusual position, many times being able to photograph under the bird while it’s flying, this time I was somehow in front of it. Another element that I left in the picture is a dead tree that entered in the frame while the bird was slowly turning towards the forest, I think it enhances the photo and gives a better representation of the situation. With a risky shutter speed of 1/1600 sec. and F6.3 I’ve got a clean image with ISO-110.
The Great egrets (Ardea alba) that attracted many birders on the lake
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