The three young swans slowly and silently make their way down into the river


In an earlier post (which you can find here ) I described a meeting with a family of Mute Swans on the banks of Cripps River, on the Somerset Levels.   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 very gently, they made their way down to the water’s edge, and slowly moved off upstream.  Here are two more images from that quiet encounter.

Click onto each image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Two of the young swans, moving off slowly up river

Other recent bird pictures are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 .

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in APS-C format to give 450mm; in-camera processing and cropping of raw files, using the Graphite profile; further processing in Capture NX2; Cripps River, at Eastern Moor Bridge, on the Somerset Levels east of East Huntspill; 25 Oct 2019.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, 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.

12 Responses to BIRDS 119 – MUTE SWAN 6 (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    I’m a fan of the second image – it was daring of you to cut the bird in the foreground up llike that, and boy, does it work well. 😉


  2. Jane Lurie says:

    These are gorgeous images, Adrian. Your processing is beautiful and I love the minimalist feel in the second. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Jane >>> but I have to say that the Z 6 camera is doing a lot of this processing on its own ie in-camera, via its raw processing, Graphite profile and in-camera cropping facility!!! I do do further LR work sometimes, but in other instances the jpegs emerge from the camera ready to post. I’m very impressed by this camera’s capabilities.

      And, also, I do enjoy your images very much, and being in contact with you is certainly a good and worthwhile thing. Adrian 🙂

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      • Jane Lurie says:

        Wow! I bet my Fuji has similar features that I have not explored. It’s great that you get them mostly how you want straight out of the camera.
        I’m happy to be connected, too. I always learn something from your excellent images.


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Yes, the X-T2 has similar facilities >>> get a raw file displayed on the camera’s back screen; go to Play Back menu, and choose RAW CONVERSION, and a whole list of actions appear; try FILM SIMULATION, and there are some really good ones – try ACROS . Then the Q button on the camera’s back to create, and if you like the result, OK saves it as a jpeg – and you can specify the size and quality of the jpegs you produce. The original raw file remains untouched. I find such in-camera editing a real aid to creativity. A 🙂

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  3. These are both great, but the lower shot is the one that really gets me. I love this high key work you’re doing with the swans.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you – glad these swan pics are hitting the spot; think I have one or two more. There’s too much extraneous material in the top one, but I like the shapes formed by the birds’ heads and necks – they look graceful and possibly even enquiring. The lower pic eliminates almost all of their surroundings.

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  4. Meanderer says:

    Love the detail; the tones and the textures. I like the way the second image has isolated the swans from their surroundings.


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