Robert Knight  

Swan Landing by Robert Knight

October 2021 - Swan Landing

About the Image(s)

I was trying to capture swans taking off and landing and kicking up the water. This one is landing. I didn't get any shots of them taking off because they were too far away. Taken at f5.6, 1/2000sec, ISO 200

3 comments posted

Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
You've managed to make this usually-quite-awkward landing look almost composed! The highlights on the swan are perfectly composed, with no blow-out of white feathers. And the crispness of the wavelet and falling spray is masterful. With the depth of field giving most focus to the swan and foreground, the back observers look mostly blurred and perhaps could be cloned out. The coot (I think) in front is recognizable and interesting.   Posted: 10/04/2021 22:36:30
Robert Knight   Robert Knight
Thanks Zina. I actually cloned out some birds in the background leaving the magical (to the purists) odd number of 5. I experimented by leaving out the birds in the background but felt that, without them, the image lacked a bit of interest. I left the coot in the foreground because he was fleeing from the perceived danger behind him and added a bit of humour.   Posted: 10/09/2021 16:21:04

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Great Shot, Bob. I just saw a similar image in a magazine or online, but it was a goose. Sharp image, lots of detail, and a delightful story with the coot. I at first thought it was another type of animal with two ears. Glad you mentioned it was a coot, which I had to look up. The top birds don't add anything to the story for me. The swan wings and some of the water appears to be overexposed to me, but since Zina stated otherwise, it may just be my eyes.   Posted: 10/09/2021 20:41:27


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