Chilled Swan


I don’t usually take photos of birds. I don’t have the camera for it. But this guy stayed still long enough for me to catch something I liked. It’s nothing like Tracy’s outstanding wildlife photos, but then again I don’t have a Nikon D300 or her years of experience and talent. So here’s the question du jour: Would you have cropped out the rope for a tighter shot, or left it in?

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5 Responses to Chilled Swan

  1. milkayphoto says:

    You give me waaaay too much credit, Dave, as this is a fine, fine shot. I think I would crop the rope out just for the simple reason as it doesn’t add anything to the composition. The water, swan and ice are lovely together and the subject IS the swan so why detract from it? I’m not looking for a serious crop here, just enough to eliminate the rope. Or, if you were PS proficient, you could easily clone out the rope and pretend it never happened! 🙂 As an aside, I would have also snapped a landscape orientated shot to get more of the curvy ice juxtaposed against the frigid, choppy water to see how that composition worked. But that’s just ‘cover-all-the-bases’ me. 🙂

    • davecandoit says:

      Don’t be modest now, Tracy. Your photos are terrific, especially your wildlife shots. I took your advice and cut the rope. Very liberating. 🙂 I could actually clone it out, believe it or not, but that would be contrary to my name, the LAZY photographer. 🙂

      • davecandoit says:

        BTW, Tracy, I’m going out shooting tomorrow and I’ve promised myself to think landscape orientation. I “might” even force myself to shoot only landscape, but if I’m face with some interest tall buildings I’ll have to go portrait. Should be interesting to see the results.

  2. milkayphoto says:

    You’re sweet to say that Dave. Image looks great! Good luck tomorrow!

    BTW…you are actually NOT a very lazy photographer as you spend probably more time than most on actual shooting and your percentage of good images is waaaaay higher than mine on any given outing!

    • davecandoit says:

      I feel a group hug coming on… 🙂
      Thanks Tracy. To be honest, the name’s suppose to be ironic.
      I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Haven’t thought about where we’re going yet. We have a large park in the west end called High Park, which would be a nice location to explore. I’ll see what Mauro would like to do when we meet up. It might be a tad cold for a long outing anyway.

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