Mute Swan Cygnus olor, the common, resident and often tame swan in the UK.  The large black knob on the forehead shows this to be a male.

Composition: close in with a long telephoto, which often works for me.  The bird’s head and long neck form the left edge of the frame, the bird is looking down into the frame, and his body is only faintly seen; all else is water with a very faint surface texture.  Use of black and white simplifies things still further.

And perhaps there’s a feeling here that he’s too large for the frame, that he’s bursting out of the frame.  Or, then again, perhaps he’s coming in closer, to have a better look at us.

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

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Cool Tones 2 preset and adding a light tone; 16 Feb 2018; Herons Green, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset.


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.

13 Responses to ARCHIVE 549 – MUTE SWAN (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    You have a number of beautiful Mute swan portraits. I love the off-center composition here, and the tones.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you. my friend. Well swans lend themselves to this, often being quite tame – but you’ve always got to keep a weather eye on them, always treat them with a lot of wariness and respect. And of course they are all supposed to belong to the queen – how did my dear mother put it? >>> “Yes, and pigs might fly, and then we’d have to shoot bacon!”. 🙂

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      • bluebrightly says:

        I remember all that from living in NYC. There was a park I used to frequent where they could often be found. Except for the queen part, that always amuses us Americans. I’m sure it amuses you, too.


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          The queen part is simply one of the stories that we seem to need to tell ourselves to get by in life; it is an imagined reality, existing only in our minds, as indeed is the queen herself and all other royalty in the world. I understand these IRs for what they are, and find that I can get by very well without them – LOL! or should that be, despite them??? 🙂


  2. Helen Cherry says:

    I love the position in the frame and him looking across to the empty space. Bravo!


  3. TasView says:

    Lovely minimalist shot! Details well captured.


  4. krikitarts says:

    Honk if you like this photo. (I am honking.)


  5. Janet says:

    Beautiful Adrian!


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