Adult swan standing in the shallows at the lake’s edge, preening.  I’ve added a light vignette in Color Efex Pro 4.

Other recent bird pictures from Chew Valley Lake are here: 1 2 3 4 .

Click onto the image to open another version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in APS-C mode to give 450mm; 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait v2 profile; Color Efex Pro 4; Herons Green, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 18 Oct 2019.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

8 Responses to BIRDS 114 – MUTE SWAN 4

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Have you gathered a flock of these Mute swan portraits somewhere? I hope so, they’re special.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Each post has a series if links to other recent birds posts and, at the moment at least, most of these pics are of Mutes. I’m trying to look at these birds in different ways – maybe its a marriage of birding and design/artiness??? Anything but ID portraits. I have more Mute shots from some years back too, might get around to these. Very glad you like them. A 🙂


  2. Meanderer says:

    What an interesting and unusual image! Had to look at it very carefully. Love the detail on the legs, and the vignette.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, M >>> as always, I’m trying for different looks. The legs, yes – birds are of course higher vertebrates like us, ie warm blooded – but those legs certainly don’t belong to any mammal, do they? Their reptilian ancestry coming out – although we’re also reptiles’ descendants of course. 🙂

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  3. Hannah Keene says:

    I love the beak and the texture on the legs!


  4. paula graham says:

    Now that is different! but I like it.


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