Lamar Nix  

Swans Aswimming by Lamar Nix

January 2020 - Swans Aswimming

About the Image(s)

Tundra swans wintering at Bear Island Wildlife Reserve, near Green Pond, SC. Taken at morning's first light.

Shooting conditions:1/100sec at f/5.6 iso 200 Canon EF100-400mm L lens

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13 comments posted

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Nice orange hour colors from either the sunrise or the sunset. Pretty mirror images on calm water. These Swans are so elegant!

  Posted: 01/06/2020 18:49:22
Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Thanks for your kind remarks, Pierre.   Posted: 01/26/2020 16:10:46

Kathryn Engle
Very peaceful especially at the morning light. I took out some of the blue-ness of the swans. Just a thought though.   Posted: 01/11/2020 14:58:40
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Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Hi Kathryn. That is a good suggestion. That morning was very cold and the early, ambient light had a bit of blue in it. I think I like your version better than mine.   Posted: 01/26/2020 16:10:16

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Dreamy, calm, peaceful, elegant, serene, tranquil moment. Lovely soft pastel colors.   Posted: 01/14/2020 20:26:28
Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Thank you for your kind remarks, Judy!   Posted: 01/26/2020 16:08:29

Hi Lamar. You have captured a very peaceful scene.Love the muted colours. You have captured a pleasing depth of field with the foreground swans sharp and the background swans much softer.Did you consider a pano crop as I feel the background landscape does little for the story? As the swans are the feature I would have made them more to the forefront. Only a suggestion. Cheers Glenn.   Posted: 01/17/2020 01:47:09
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Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Thanks for your comments, Glen. I wanted to include enough of the environs to show where these swans live - out in the country as opposed to a city park. If the feature were intended to be only the elegance of the swans, then your suggestion is a good one.   Posted: 01/26/2020 16:07:09

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Lamar,

This is a nice image that feels relaxing to view. I find the reflections to be interesting. I do like the version with some blue removed from the swans. My only other suggestion would be to lighten the head and neck areas of the two central swans facing each other just enough to bring the viewers eye to that part of the image.

Todd   Posted: 01/17/2020 14:06:41
Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Thanks, Todd. This was a very cold morning with a bit of blue in the ambient light.   Posted: 01/26/2020 16:04:02

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
I don't disagree with most comments here. I imagine this picture would be much more impactful if we could only include three swans that positioned themselves nicely. Focus on three swans as our focal points here then allow slightly sharper background and calm water with no other swans as a foreground.   Posted: 01/21/2020 20:31:22
Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Then it would not be a landscape, which is the focus of this group.   Posted: 01/26/2020 16:02:53
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Sorry if my explanation may not be clear to you. This kind of composition that I mean.   Posted: 01/26/2020 20:30:42
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