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Mute Swan in the bay beside Brook Copse, on Chew Valley Lake’s northeast edge; south of Bristol; 15 May 2015.

An image almost without colour, with the marked exception of that beacon-like bill.  The various structures within this image are mainly horizontal – the wavelets, the areas of water plants – but the bird’s gentle bow wave is at a slight angle to this trend.

A popular path around the lake crosses a small stream or brook here via a small bridge, and walkers often feed the waterbirds from the bridge.  This swan spotted me on the bridge from some way off and, ever ready for food, came over – but I had not a thing edible on me!

You can find a very different picture of a swan at this lake here.

Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 400 ISO.

UPDATE: I still very much like the simplicity of this, both in terms of colour and the textures and structures present.  The structures are of three types.  Those on the water’s surface are linear.  Then there are the three horizontal bands of blackish emergent vegetation – out of focus in the foreground, highly scattered in the middle ground, and helping to form some sort of more solid closure to the top of the composition.  And the swan, really, is the only more rounded, organic thing there.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. krikitarts says:

    I remember this well–and still like it very much!


  2. Excellent photo!


  3. Val says:

    This is a very nicely composed photograph. Lovely!


  4. bluebrightly says:

    A very nice way to see a swan, surrounded by more abstract landscape elements.


  5. Great pictures Adrian. I have done a few pictures now just a bit reluctant to post them. But i am finding photography helpful.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Matt, I’m very glad that you are finding photography helpful. And I can very much understand your reluctance to post your first images – I was the same myself before my first post. And remember not to have high expectations, your images may not arouse much interest at first – but my advice is to follow your heart, post photos you like, and go on posting. Adrian

      Liked by 1 person

  6. paula graham says:

    Stunning simplicity, not that easy to achieve ..but this one is a winner.


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