Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mute Swan Photo Study

Birds bathing and preening give an opportunity to get unique shots.

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse
Birds bathing and preening give an opportunity to get unique shots. This Mute Swan was enjoying the opportunity to keep his feathers in tip-top shape.

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse


28 comments:

Craig Glenn said...

Amazing shots Steve. I show your photos to my little P&S and say this is what you can do when you grow up! LOL

I love how the water beads up on them.

Craig Glenn

Roy said...

Yes Brilliant images Steve. Mute Swans are always quite obliging at bath time.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Wonderful shots of the mute swan! Did you shoot those in Gloucester? Many years ago I lived in Manchester-by-the-sea.

madcobug said...

Those mute Swans make great shots. They are beautiful. Helen

kayleen said...

Absolutely gorgeous series of photos. The water drops are so cool.

Jenny said...

Yes, fab photos Steve. Your knowledge of the correct exposures is well shown off in these photos!

A New England Life said...

As you know Steve, I do love these shots. I think in that last picture he's looking like he is not pleased with your picture taking during his private time. lol!

Yes, they may be mean, but they sure do make up for it with their beauty.

Tarolino said...

You are right. These are unique. I so enjoyed every detail and the exceptional sharpness of each shot. Great work.

The Early Birder said...

Ahh you can feel the softness as he rubs his head.
Excellent captures Steve & good to see you back in full fettle.
Cheers Frank.

Gill - That British Woman said...

what super shots, I love your close up shots.....

Gill in Canada

VALKYRIEN said...

Wow - what amazing shots! The water looks so WET - and the swan looks so playful! Your photos have som many detailes - it is a joy to look at!

Guy D said...

Beautiful shots of the swan, the second last one is my favourite, perfect capture.

Cheers
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Blue Eyed Tango said...

Beautiful....I love the way the feathers look! Absolute poetry in motion!

mononeil said...

lovely series of photos, but for me its number 5. Abstract, detail and graphic. Nice one.

ewok1993 said...

Spectacular shot. I feel like I'm a peep here :)

Kallen305 said...

Wonderful shots Steve. I can't get over how close up they are in the photos.

Laurieluc said...

Wow! Fantastic!

Cindy said...

These are truely wonderful, Steve. Such clear closeups.

Tricia said...

Fantastic shots - So gorgeous & they're all so clear!!!

Bryan said...

Great shots, but it almost looks like that in the last photo the swan has discovered its watcher and is displeased.

The Right Blue said...

Excellent series of images. I particularly like the first one. It is a classic.

Natural Moments said...

The third photo from the top looks like it is posing extra special for this beautiful angelic photo shoot.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Steve, these are amazing shots. Stunning lightening and action in them too. I really love these.

Eve said...

Fantastic shots Steve! What a beautiful bird.

Linnea W said...

Simply amazing...so crisp and clear...

Tink *~*~* said...

Swans are so beautiful, elegant and generally calm. But you are right, they can become contortionists when preening.

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Steve B said...

Hi Tour Guide, I have shot swans in Gloucester, these were taken in Rockport by Motif Number 1.

Thank you all for the comments!

The shot in the last photo was not the last photo shot. This bird was quite happy to have it's picture taken. I kind of thought he was smiling? These swans don't have a mean bone in their bodies! Maybe he's just saying "ahhhhhh, that feels good!"

goodmorninggloucester said...

You continue to blow me away with your photos! Unbelievable. I'm not even a bird watching fan but your pictures are incredible.

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