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Walking on Water

Not exactly pin sharp, but then wildlife photography is not exactly my strong suit!

Painting Melancholia: http://paintingmelancholia.blogspot.com/

Walking on Water

Not exactly pin sharp, but then wildlife photography is not exactly my strong suit!

Painting Melancholia: http://paintingmelancholia.blogspot.com/

comments (22)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 11 Feb 2009, 00:17
Now I understand how this is done: Very elegantly smile
blackdog: Thanks Martin - Edward Muybridge would have been proud ;o)
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 11 Feb 2009, 01:04
smile Honestly, I would prefer it to be even blurrier. smile Dark and delicate, Mike. Lucky you happened to be there.
blackdog: Pure luck, I was photographing the bridge and I heard the wings long before I saw the bird so had a few seconds to prepare.
  • Ada
  • United States
  • 11 Feb 2009, 01:57
nice landing...awesome stuff
blackdog: Thanks Ada ;o)
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 11 Feb 2009, 02:20
Well timed capture
blackdog: Thanks Tony ;o)
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Feb 2009, 06:47
nice capture
blackdog: Thank you ;o)
Personally I like the mystery of the shaft of light and shadowy structures. richard
blackdog: Well I have plenty of those ;o) I was there photographing the light under te bridge.
It's a weird, almost spooky shot, and gets your eye roaming round the pic to see what else is going on. I like it.
blackdog: Many thanks Nigel - even managed to squeeeze a wildlife shot into my oeuvre of slightly spooky shots ;o)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Feb 2009, 07:57
Flying on water! Yes, I like the "mystery" (Richard Trim) oft this poetically frozen moment,too, a moment of the whiteness of light and swan, reflection in the water,and darkness, of movement and silence! A "pin sharp" photo would have lost this "mystery"!

Some moments later after you have taken the pic the swan will gently glide as Rilke described-

The Swan
Rainer Maria Rilke

This laboring through what is still undone,
as though, legs bound, we hobbled along the way,
is like the akward walking of the swan.

And dying-to let go, no longer feel
the solid ground we stand on every day-
is like anxious letting himself fall

into waters, which receive him gently
and which, as though with reverence and joy,
draw back past him in streams on either side;
while, infinitely silent and aware,
in his full majesty and ever more
indifferent, he condescends to glide.

(Translated by Stephen Mitchell)
blackdog: Thank you Philine, and nice of you to add the lines by Rilke. He was very graceful walking on the water not at all awkward ;o)
Sharp? Phoooey....I would have killed to have taken this!
blackdog: Good job you weren't behind me then or I might have taken a dunking! Thanks Bill ;o)
This is very unlike your usual stuff Mike but it works very well. The Swan is like a piece of sculpture
blackdog: Well still a bit spooky and mysterious? I was there to take the light under the bridge. Its the Avon near Bradford.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Feb 2009, 09:29
It doesn't matter a bit that it's not sharp. Wonderful photo.
Ingrid
blackdog: Thank you Ingrid, spoken like a true Holga girl ;o)
nice shot...gotta love swans...good timing smile
blackdog: Thank you Sarina, they are so graceful aren't they ;o)
The focus is good enough by my book, Mike lol. This is a very enjoyable photograph.
blackdog: glad it hit the spot Chad ;o)
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 11 Feb 2009, 11:54
Looks very good to me
blackdog: Thanks Vintage ;o)
wonderful combination of light and dark, lines and curves, the hard black iron of the bridge and the soft white beauty of the swan - love it!
blackdog: Many thanks Harry ;o)
remarkable capture MIke, truly a great sight, stunning smile
blackdog: Thanks Tim, just wish I had been a little steadier ;o)
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Feb 2009, 21:44
At the right spot at the right time....you LUCKY man...
Love it, I even can hear the water splashhhhh.....wink
blackdog: That's me Mr Lucky ;o) The biggest noise was the beating of the wings as it reduced speed in flight.
Pity it's not sharp because it's a great shot in every other way and very blackdoggian. Maybe Viktor is right - blurr it more!
blackdog: I was probably trembling with the excitement ;o)
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 11 Feb 2009, 23:37
Jolly good, and with a lovely sort of atmosphere too
this is divine!
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Feb 2009, 19:29
That's fantastic, man. The light is gorgeous, particularly the diagonal lines cutting across frame. Really good stuff
Blur is just fine here. Have you seen the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 because there is a hare in the snow which is way out of focus but perfectly captured. The swan is an excellent image.

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