E.J.Wilkins

08 May 2007 872 views
 
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photoblog image One cygnet and proud parents (hatched 5th-7th May)

One cygnet and proud parents (hatched 5th-7th May)

Part of the photography learning curve seems to be to choose the right aperture, and I don't think I got it quite right with this one because I focused on the cygnet, which of course moved ... and the adults are slightly out of focus. But, I still think it's rather appealing.

The female swan is on the nest, the male is in the water in the background.

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I'll try to put a picture of the swans and/or cygnets every day this week, the first was yesterday's picture..
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Update:
We visited the nest today, 7th May, there are 7cygnets.
Either only one of the remaining eggs hatched, or one or more than one has already been taken by a Pike. There are known to be some huge ones in this lake.

One cygnet and proud parents (hatched 5th-7th May)

Part of the photography learning curve seems to be to choose the right aperture, and I don't think I got it quite right with this one because I focused on the cygnet, which of course moved ... and the adults are slightly out of focus. But, I still think it's rather appealing.

The female swan is on the nest, the male is in the water in the background.

.....

I'll try to put a picture of the swans and/or cygnets every day this week, the first was yesterday's picture..
.....
Update:
We visited the nest today, 7th May, there are 7cygnets.
Either only one of the remaining eggs hatched, or one or more than one has already been taken by a Pike. There are known to be some huge ones in this lake.

comments (21)

Nice work Ellie. Are you sure you didn’t set up tent by the nest a few weeks ago?
EJWilkins: Not allowed to camp there, and I think my family might have objected! I wonder if I could have pretended to be fishing? wink Thanks David
Yes, very appealing. The shapes make it so.
EJWilkins: Thanks Mary smile
This is nice Ellie, the slight out of focus doesn't matter as you have all of the other ingredients spot on. The framing is wonderful as well as the DOF. I wish I had time this week to go into the Lee Valley to see if any of the Mutes and Whooper signets are out and about yet. Keep us posted.
EJWilkins: Keep saying nice things Johnny wink Thanks though, I appreciate your honest opinion. I have to admit though, that the more I look at this the more I like it. It's way beyond what I'd normally try to do, and I think it works.
I hope you manage to get into the Lee Valley to see what's happening to the nesting birds there. smile
Awww. Very cute. Thanks for sharing this.
EJWilkins: Thanks Busola smile
Personalmente me gusta más la de ayer, pero en ésta me encanta como asoma la cabecita el pequeño cisne, por detras de su madre.

Personally I like plus the one of yesterday, but in this one enchants to me as the small swan shows the small head, by detras of its mother.
It's a nice and soft image, Ellie. smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Kay smile
This is a nice family portrait and I don't see a problem with the DOF. Only the swan in the background is really out of focu, and that adds to the composition in my opinion.

The pikes in your lake must be huge if they can eat a cygnet! Have people lost toes or maybe even legs in this lake?
EJWilkins: They are huge, according to both the Rangers and regular fishermen. There are also turtles/terrapins in there, from when 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' were popular, and they grew too big. Last year these swans started with 5 cygnets, by the time they'd grown large enough to fight back there were only 3.
I'm actually getting to like this picture the more I look at it. My 'normal' sort of picture is to have all the details in focus, so this is a new idea for me.
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 8 May 2007, 07:18
This is so beautiful and I'm of the same opinion as Martin. It was my first thought that it looks wonderful with the swan in the background. The silent observer who watches over his family.
Ellie..this is just so beautiful!!
I was in on Saturday to see if the goose eggs had hatched yet, and was heartbroken to see that someone had taken a stick and smashed all the eggs. This made me smile tonight..thankyou!!
EJWilkins: That's such an awful thing to happen, I'm so sorry to hear it. Is it worth reporting to the 'authorities' do you think?
I'm glad I've helped you smile though, I hope you like the other pictures of these cygnets as we go through the week. They're doing well wink
I agree with johnyg. The positioning of the swans with cygnet in the middle and the angle of all the beaks works really well. I look forward to the next installment!
EJWilkins: I hope you like the next one too. This one, although I wasn't so sure when I uploaded it, is growing on me smile
awesome DOF
Ellie shines again - great DOF, loving the detail , works for me !
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 May 2007, 11:45
Now, Ellie! You need to confess that it was you who tore apart the greenery so you would have an unencumbered view of the nest!

Perhaps you don't have the aperture perfect, but you have certainly composed this image beautifully. I like it a lot, for what it illustrates of the attitude of the parents.
  • mal
  • 8 May 2007, 13:43
this is going to be a good series Ellie, lovely shot. mal
  • Aussie
  • Queensland Austrailia
  • 8 May 2007, 14:24
Lovely shot, I'll be back to keep up with your pics of them.
WOW, another great one, I admire composition, looks great! Congratulations!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 8 May 2007, 18:29
You know me, dear Ellie, in that I haven't a clue (yet) about aperture settings so I can only congratulate you on trying! smile

Having said that, I like what Julia wrote about the "silent-observer" daddy who lurks in the background, watching over mama and child. In that regard, the DOF is perfect!

I purposely did NOT look at this till I got home from a busy morning (and after babysitting at Nicholas' last night). Amy's monitor is horrible and I wanted to see this "right" on mine. It was worth the wait.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 May 2007, 22:09
The nearer adult is in perfect focus (head & neck) - so I am not sure what you mean with outafocus. I like the composition.

I don't think the apperture should be differeny than you have used it.
Lovely framing. I like the DOF in this one
Magnifique !!
Ellie, I agree with a couple of other commentators ref the out of focus issue. It adds to the effect. For what it's worth, my memory tells me that the narrower the aperture setting the more things in the distance will be in focus. The more you open the aperture the more things outside the point you've focused on will be out of focus. I personally like things out of focus where the main picture subject is what you want the viewer to focus on (excuse the pun).

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