Dean Ginther  

Mute Swans by Dean Ginther

July 2024 - Mute Swans

July 2024 - Dean Ginther


About the Image(s)

A couple of weeks ago I went out on the lake in a friend's boat hoping to get some pictures of the local loon(s). Soon after we left the dock it started raining and we didn't find any loons. On the way back to shore, I did get a picture of this mute swan pair and their five (yes, there are five) cygnets.
This image was taken with my Sony A7RV with a Sony 200 - 600 zoom, handheld, 1/200, f11; ISO 400. In post, I cropped in, adjusted brightness, contrast; added a vignette, and applied the lens correction in LR.

10 comments posted

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Nice. At first glance I thought it was a photo I'd taken! But I never captured 4 or 5 cygnets. It appears to be just a bit off on the horizontal making the swans appear to be swimming downhill. Not sure, but I might see how tilting them a little counterclockwise looks. Love swans!   Posted: 07/06/2024 14:51:31
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I think you are right; unless all the water was draining out of the lake downhill.   Posted: 07/06/2024 17:02:16

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Dean,
Nice capture. Unless one of the cygnets is swimming behind one of the adults, I can count only! Are you trying to trick us?
  Posted: 07/06/2024 15:08:51
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
No trick. The fifth one is hiding in the feathers of the rightmost swan. You can just see its head sticking up.   Posted: 07/06/2024 17:01:35

Jaswant Madhavan   Jaswant Madhavan
Nice subject matter. You would have a lot better composition if you could get a lower viewpoint. The distracting elements on the water surface would be mostly negated.   Posted: 07/08/2024 09:52:15
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Well, I am not getting in that cold water. It was raining.   Posted: 07/08/2024 09:54:30

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Nice composition of this family group. I know it was raining which has left the image rather dull. Luminar Sklum and Nik Color effex have tools that will add brightness.   Posted: 07/09/2024 13:06:28
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Mervyn.   Posted: 07/09/2024 14:31:34

Diane Perry   Diane Perry
I do like your editing on this photo. Also the way the parents seem to be aware of you, yet the cygnets notice nothing. It is a good reminder to not be put off by rain when shooting. We're so used to seeing shots in better weather that we forget that nature contends with all conditions.   Posted: 07/09/2024 23:31:22
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Diane. I was trying to keep my camera dry.   Posted: 07/10/2024 09:25:01


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