Day 141 – This Swan’s a Show Off

May 20, 2012 in 2012, 365 Project, 366 Project, 70-300mm VR, Color, D7000, Go Picturin, Kyle Dyson, May, Nikon, Orange, Reflection, Sunset, Swan, White, Wildlife

I posted a swan picture yesterday, but I posted it early in the day and I seem to post mostly in the evenings, so it was missed by a lot of you. The good news is that I’ve got another swan picture and this one is even better. At least I think it’s better. Feel free to tell me if I’m wrong!

Day 141   This Swans a Show Off  Water Swan Sunset Reflection Picture Photography Photo Orange Nature Kyle Dyson Illinois Go Picturin  wildlife white swan sunset reflection orange nikon may kyle dyson go picturin d7000 color 70 300mm vr 366 365 2012

Sometimes I get lucky and get a great shot, sometimes I spend some time with the set up and the planning….and sometimes it’s a combination of both. I saw the water in this pond at a stand still and the sun dropping, and I knew there was probably a shot to be taken somewhere. Then I noticed this swan sitting on the shore on the opposite side of the pond. I knew if I got on the other side, I could have a picture of the swan and the sunset behind it. I was slow in approaching the swan – partly out of respect because I was on his turf, and partly because I know his partner was sitting on eggs and he’s petty aggressive right now. I was nowhere around the eggs but you never know when a swan will get nasty – they look so regal, but they’re mean little suckers.

As I walked closer and closer, I paused and took pictures with every few steps. When I got really close, the swan started to move to the water and I thought it was over. I thought he was going to head for the hills. I was wrong!

As I posted yesterday (click here if you missed it) he stopped just inside the water and gave me a couple of great opportunities for pictures. Eventually, he started to stretch his neck out and stand fully extended and I quickly switched to a portrait view to frame him. As I was thinking about adjusting my polarizer, he started to flap his wings and I quickly forgot anything about settings. All I could think was “press the shutter button you moron – this is awesome.”

I had gotten myself into the position to take a picture of a swan with an orange sunset lighting up the water behind it, but I never would have dreamed I’d get him in this pose!

Day 141   This Swans a Show Off  Water Swan Sunset Reflection Picture Photography Photo Orange Nature Kyle Dyson Illinois Go Picturin  wildlife white swan sunset reflection orange nikon may kyle dyson go picturin d7000 color 70 300mm vr 366 365 2012