The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

Me Next… MAKEUP !!!…

So, as much as my blog tends to lack much in the way of animals and stuff, this is more to do with me mostly taking the simpler more inanimate options…. and leaving the chasing stuff through fields and forests to the more committed… Plus I find that trying to photograph bears with my 10mm poses one or two minor risks… Not that we have too many wild bears in the UK…  I think my cat scares most of them away… Well it’s either my cat or my rotting banana-skin hat (It’s a classic bear deterrent dontchaknow… and works a treat)… ;)

I DO however love taking pictures of Swans, as we have quite the abundance of them here, and almost anywhere where there’s fresh water, then there’s bound to be a small bucket or two full of swans….

PLUS… You don’t have to do ANY chasing, as they’re so vain, that whenever you arrive with a camera then they’re sure to come pose…. Either that or they’re just plain greedy, and assume my camera bag is full of pickle sandwiches (yeah they like pickles… and marmite)… :)

Maybe I should do a Swan Series… Wodyafink ???

Oh, and as a warning… I have a flower shot… of JUST a flower… that may find its way on here at some point in the future… You have been warned… :)

17 responses

  1. aswirly

    I hear that randomly making wolf calls scares off bears too. You should try it, maybe in the supermarket. You can never be too safe ;) hehe… The swan series is a go! Do it! You’ve always had a way with swans, and THIS is no exception. Absolutely gorgeous Funky. I can see this as a print, or a lovely greeting card. You should print it.

    May 31, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    • You’ve been reading my book on bear evasion haven’t you… It all works though and I can personally guarantee it.. I’ve NEVER seen a wild bear anywhere around here… Come to think of it I’m pretty sure my techniques work on Lions and Elephants too… Maybe I should publish them… What d’ya reckon…. ;)

      May 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm

      • aswirly

        Well they MUST work if you’ve seen no bears or other large wildlife. I’m thinking that next week, when I go to the mountains, I should try it. I was also thinking of wearing my good luck steak around my neck. Whadyathink?

        May 31, 2010 at 6:09 pm

        • Defo try it… Also randomly humming the theme to Star Wars wards off all of those man eating raccoons… You have to do it in a high pitch hum though or it doesn’t work… I’m saying no more though or their will be nothing to put in my book… ;)
          Not sure the steak is such a good idea though… You might look a bit silly…. :)

          May 31, 2010 at 6:16 pm

  2. Wow Brian, these turned out so wonderful. I like the composition the way the grass surrounds them and their pose as well. It’s a perfect image plus I like the black and white treatment too.

    June 1, 2010 at 2:53 am

    • It almost didn’t work out at all, as I woefully overexposed it… Thanks to RAW though I was able to pull all the required details back… Thanks Consuelo… :)

      June 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  3. Wonderful! I have thought for awhile on how to comment on this one, but I’m at a loss. It is terrific.

    June 1, 2010 at 3:45 am

    • Thanks Sean… Well feel free to say whatever you want…. but terrific will do me… :)

      June 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm

  4. angelcel

    This is lovely – the texture of the water looks almost ‘oily’. (I know there’s a way more poetic way of saying that but I’m afraid ‘oily’ is the only word that comes to mind right now).

    BTW you might need your rotting banana-skin hat after all if there are cygnets around. I’ve heard that swans can break a man’s arm when protecting their young … why they choose the arm, as opposed to the leg or a quick peck in the eye, I don’t know. I’m only repeating what I’ve heard.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

    • Oily will do me… lol… It’s actually my own special processing formula, affectionately known as “slug’d”…. It ultimately boosts the textures and contrast of pictures… And Lol… Yeah I’ve heard that rumour too… Given their height it’s not the legs or eyes I’m normally worried about… ;)

      June 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm

  5. What a lovely capture of the swans Brian. I love the way you frame them in this shot. The B&W conversion makes this shot somehow classic. Really nice work Brian ;)

    June 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    • Thanks so much Attiev… I have to confess I actually planned to get a swan shot in black and white…. Although it was only a vague plan.. ;)

      June 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm

  6. My, your swans are friendly! Ours here run at the sight of the camera! Could you send yours down/over/across/whatever my way??

    Beautiful shot! The swans are framed nicely with the grass and having TWO of them is bonus!

    June 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    • Haha… Wait until you see a forthcoming swan shot I have ready to post… You will NOT believe your eyes, that I can guarantee… Thanks Tracy.. :)

      June 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm

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  8. What lovely “posers” you have! After your pictures, I’m so tempted to go out and make my attempt at these lovely subjects and find out whether the local swans here (about 120 miles west of Tracy) are hams or photo-shy!

    And I think I could have used your raccoon scaring techniques in my garden some years ago! ;-)

    June 5, 2010 at 2:43 am

    • Well you’ve definitely got to give it a go… I reckon Tracy’s swans are just jealous that her squirrels and garden birds get all the attention… lol… ;)
      And you’ll have to remember my raccoon scaring technique for future reference… ;)

      June 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

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