Day 127 – The Swans revisited.

Remember the swans? I spotted a swan on a nearby New Forest pond a couple of weeks ago and said that it looked like she was on a nest… well today I decided to go back and revisit and I am so glad I did.

I had my 18-250mm lens and my tripod – I wasn’t ready to start as I also had the dogs with me …  and by the end I wished I had my big telephoto lens, but as the photos are for online use I was able to crop them down to create the image I wanted.

I stuck to back focusing, aperture priority although I did try dialing in some exposure compensation to get the histogram balanced as I did not want to blow out the white feather details.

This was my first glimpse of the babies… wow! As approached the nest I must have startled mum and she stood and shook at us … I spotted the babies, grabbed a frame and then hoped for a better glimpse of what was in the nest.

ISO 100, F11, 1/40 sec - First glimpse

ISO 100, F11, 1/40 sec – First glimpse

Mum then kept her babies from view and Dad patrolled the area.

ISO100, F6.3, 1/100 sec

ISO100, F6.3, 1/100 sec

Now I was ready… the waiting began.

ISO320, F8, 1/250 sec - First glimpse ... someone finally made an appearance!

ISO320, F8, 1/250 sec – First glimpse … someone finally made an appearance!

ISO800, F8, 1/250 sec - increased depth of field to ensure cygnet was in focus and cropped the shot.

ISO800, F8, 1/250 sec – increased depth of field to ensure cygnet was in focus and cropped the shot.

ISO500, F8, 1/160 sec - More than one... changed to mononchrome

ISO500, F8, 1/160 sec – More than one… changed to mononchrome

ISO500, F8, 1/160 sec - WOW .. 3 babies and the eggs are still in the nest ... maybe born today?

ISO500, F8, 1/160 sec – WOW .. 3 babies and the eggs are still in the nest … maybe born today?

ISO320, F8, 1/160 sec - Proud Mum

ISO320, F8, 1/160 sec – Proud Mum

They then disappeared from view … and I waited some more and then noticed that they were now around the back … awkward to get too, but I knew I had to try again.

ISO400, F8, 1/250 sec - the lighting was tricky with the harsh shadows and the back lighting from the sun.

ISO400, F8, 1/250 sec – the lighting was tricky with the harsh shadows and the back lighting from the sun.

ISO250, F8, 1/250sec - A big stretch - how cute is that!

ISO250, F8, 1/250sec – A big stretch – how cute is that!

ISO640, F8, 1/320 sec - Round the back - changed to monochrome

ISO640, F8, 1/320 sec – Round the back – changed to monochrome

One daredevil made it round the front to say hello to mum and I thought my session was done…

ISO250, F6.3, 1/200 sec - saying hello to mum!

ISO250, F6.3, 1/200 sec – saying hello to mum!

I had only capture d 2/3 cygnets but I was delighted to suddenly spot number 3!

ISO200, F6.3, 1/400 sec - Then there were three!

ISO200, F6.3, 1/400 sec – Then there were three!

Fast shutter speeds were important cause the cygnets were in the shade and moving around a lot, but due to the clutter around the nest I felt that the depth of field was more important as I wanted to capture the whole story, without the background being over whelming.

ISO160, F6.3, 1/320 sec - Such little wings!

ISO160, F6.3, 1/320 sec – Such little wings!

I discovered today to get the right shot takes patience … I don’t have a lot of that … not with the dog tied to a tree barking….  but once I knew there were cygnets in the nest, I wanted to see them…  and we waited and waited … and then once they appeared I wanted to capture another photo … and another photo and then I wanted to try different angles, but could not get to them …  I wanted to see if they would move again… and then the dogs were bored! I loved capturing these moments… but I am not a wildlife photographer… the waiting was too much and once I started capturing the cygnets it was hard knowing when to stop!

 

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