Immature Mute Swans, moving slowly away while keeping me cautiously in view, on Cripps River.  I’d come upon a family of these birds on the river bank and, keeping quiet and still, started taking pictures.  I looked at them, they looked at me and then, unhurriedly and gently, they made their way down to the water’s edge, and slowly moved off upstream.

This is a jpeg generated and cropped in-camera from a raw file, using the Graphite profile, with no further processing in Lightroom.  Because my blog has a white background, I’d wondered about adding a thin black border in Silver Efex Pro 2, but then decided to leave these birds floating within a wider whiteness.

Other recent bird pictures are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 .

Click onto the image to open a larger 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; 3200 ISO; in-camera processing of the raw file, including use of the Graphite profile and cropping; no further processing; Cripps River, at Eastern Moor Bridge, on the Somerset Levels east of East Huntspill; 25 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 for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

6 Responses to BIRDS 116 – MUTE SWAN 5 (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    I like that graphite profile. And without the border the mind imagines them in a larger context. Great work!


  2. Meanderer says:

    Just fab. I love how they are there isolated from their surroundings – suspended in space. Definitely works well enlarged. I can see it working as a large poster in a minimalist home.

    By the way, yesterday in my comment on your starling pylon post I said starlings had only appeared here once this year, well, they’re back!!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      M, I’m very glad you like this – another experiment! I had a quiet and relaxed time with these birds; I have some more shots in the same manner. Glad to hear about the starlings – I’m not, after all, you see, without my influence 😉 !!!!!!!!!! So, get yourself hidden and still somewhere (preferably in the garden …), put some food out, and click away!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  3. Beautiful high-key effect. I agree with your not putting a thin border on this.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Michael – interesting about the border, isn’t it? Was I simply under the influence of mindless convention, or a desire to compartmentalise or just be neat and tidy????? I did try it, but felt it detracted from the whole somehow. A 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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