Dave Ficke  

Swans by Dave Ficke

January 2022 - Swans

About the Image(s)

Location - Lodi California near sunset
Nikon D850, 400 mm lens at f6.3, ISO 140 shutter speed 1/800 second. This is a panning shot of a formation of swans

5 comments posted

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
  Posted: 01/14/2022 13:47:41

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
What a great image Dave. Simple in its elements, birds doing what birds do in a clear late afternoon sky. But photographically, not so simple I would imagine. They are on the move with a mission in mind, not modelling for you, nor will they come back to give you a second chance if you're not ready. Congratulations Dave on a simple, yet powerful image.   Posted: 01/17/2022 02:49:21
Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Thank you. This shot was about and hour and a half in the making. At the beginning there was strong light and not much action of birds flying in or out. As time went on the flying increased, light was fading increasing the challenge.   Posted: 01/17/2022 20:44:12

Tom Barbernitz   Tom Barbernitz
And I always thought it was bright blue skies in California! I think a little more contrast might help the image "pop" and show off the swans doing what they do best.   Posted: 01/19/2022 21:32:50

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I can't resist birds in most forms....and I know how difficult it is to get a flock. There is always that one aberrant member or two, but in fact your image gives a nice view of a large group. Listening to your description of how long it took you sounds very similar to some of my experiences. Don't you wonder how they know when to come back and where to go? We have several spots around here (South Florida) that are night spots and watching them take off in the morning or come back in the evening is actually a wondrous site!

My one suggestion might be to play with white balance a little to eliminate the "gray" color of the sky. Just a tad darker or bluer, really up to your preferences, would take some of the "drab" gray color and highlight the swans better. Ive tried the simple WB to make it a tad bluer....but didn't try the darker (which I thought might make it seem more realistic since light was fading).   Posted: 01/20/2022 11:24:28
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