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Shimmering Swan, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2003
12-NOV-2003

Shimmering Swan, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2003

There are few sights in nature photography as graceful as a swan floating across a quiet pond. This is the same swan I photographed in close-up earlier, only now I show it afloat upon a shimmering reflection, a contrasting follow-up to the previous shot. I use the spot meter to expose for the swan itself, allowing the rippled water to go almost black to emphasize those reflections. The sweeping curve of its long neck is repeated within the water, and I shift the swan to the right side of my frame to give its tail feathers and head the space they need to work.

Canon PowerShot G5
1/1250s f/4.0 at 28.8mm full exif

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Phil Douglis27-Oct-2004 17:53
Zebra,

You must have been watching the ballet Swan Lake recently. Your poetic interpretation of this image is very similar to that story. I am always delighted when people tell me that my pictures trigger thoughts in their mind that go far beyond my intentions. Because that is one of the greatest gifts of expressive photography. To act as a catalyst to thought. Ultimately, what happens in the viewer's mind is more important than the picture itself.
Guest 27-Oct-2004 17:07
Phil
My heart is fully seized by your swan.She is the most beautiful girl to me.she is looking at herselves through the water,shy and narcissistic.I have never seen a swan more like a human before.You shift the swan to the right side to give me more image about her shadow in the water.So I image like the swan image herself,and then I fall in love with her.
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