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A Swan and a Rock

By ade_mcfade      
I was at fariburn ings not really paying much attention to the birds (odd as it's bird sanctuary) but looking to get Ferrybridge's steam clounds reflected in the water.

I had the 17-40 on at 17mm, polariser and an ND grad and getting a decent effect, when I heard some flapping to my right

I turned and saw this swan hacing a flap, so grabbed a few shots without changing a thing on the camera...

not ideal, 1/30th sec, F11 etc... but the result was that I got a swan shot that I think is quite different to the usual fodder you see.

It's dirty, dark, overcast and with it being just a tiny part of the frame, it still seems to dominate. Probably the reflection?

Probably my first ever swan shot on here...

Tags: Yorkshire Swan Dinner Overcast Ferrybridge Dull Landscape and travel Fairburn Fairburn ings Wildlife and nature

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Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
22 Mar 2007 7:24PM
What a great shot Ade.excellent timing and detail.

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22 Mar 2007 7:26PM
Excellent image! Not one that anyone can repeat, look after it!
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
22 Mar 2007 7:26PM
lucky timing and a good lens I think Tom Smile

Cheers mate
John_Duckett 12 386 2 Norfolk Island
22 Mar 2007 7:26PM
Amazing capture

garymc 11 8 1 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2007 7:27PM
i like the red contrasting with the rest of the shot. good exposure and movement in the swan.
Rachy1821 10 3 England
22 Mar 2007 7:27PM
Great shot, good timing!!

ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
22 Mar 2007 7:32PM
that's broken bricks believe it or not - didn't see them till I turned the polariser either Smile
conrad 12 10.9k 116
22 Mar 2007 7:35PM
Different than usual indeed - great opportunity, and you made excellent use of it!
sut68 Plus
13 2.0k 76 England
22 Mar 2007 7:46PM
No, not ideal, but still a great grab shot mate ... that little bit of movement helps.

petra16 Plus
10 169 Scotland
22 Mar 2007 7:50PM
It works for me, great movement and grab shot

scott_jessuk 10 249 1 Scotland
22 Mar 2007 8:11PM
Nice one Ade, impressive speed to catch this beauty. Excellent.

Tandberg 13 1.2k 2 England
22 Mar 2007 8:12PM
Looks like its coming to kick your BUTT ade LOL...
Like it mate
Ok it dark n dirty but thats life..
bfgstew 10 668 105 England
22 Mar 2007 8:21PM
Teriffic shot, one to be proud of.
ESP 10 26 England
22 Mar 2007 8:32PM
Such an original shot !

Fantastic image and composition

First class !!


Hanners Plus
10 875 10 Ireland
22 Mar 2007 8:36PM
this just might be one of your best for a while - and that's saying summat, if I may be so bold Mr W

juldon 13 78 England
22 Mar 2007 8:46PM
Great stuff Ade, I can just see you picking up the tripod and running lol......

Nic_WA 11 179 2 Australia
22 Mar 2007 9:19PM
That's one helluva grab shot!
Deego 10 27
22 Mar 2007 9:28PM
Fantastic shot . I thought this would have done better
22 Mar 2007 10:15PM
A great moment composed and shot.
Loupix 10 80 1 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2007 10:53PM
fantastic shot, the scene alone is great, and with the swan doing its thing, well.

22 Mar 2007 11:03PM
outstanding shot ade, very classy
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
22 Mar 2007 11:13PM
Cheers everyone

this is as close to wildlife and bird shots as you'll get me Smile

I'm a wide angled mutha after all, kinda suits the old swans in a way.

I've a bad back so was handholding rather than using a low tripod... there's a first for everythning..

you can get good results at 1/30th @ ISO 640 with a 5D, it's very forgiving thankfully. Did some of Ferrybridge and added lots of grain for effect. it's the future!

Tony - I'm with you, I got more of a buzz from this than many of the more normal mcfade stuff. There is something about opportunism when it actually comes off. A quntessence that's hard to pinpoint.

ta again and good night
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
22 Mar 2007 11:16PM
Great moment, superbly taken. A feeling for nature Adrian. Ron.
Billlee 10 5.5k England
23 Mar 2007 1:58PM
That's a cracker Ade, great timing! Bill.

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