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Swans in the South Marine Park

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 25 January 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Feeding time for the swans in the middle of a deep freeze winter in South Shields. The park rangers and Friends of the North and South Marine Parks have provided food for them and broken some of the heavy ice on the lake to allow them to access the edge.

This is not as sharp as I would have liked, let me tell you how I got so close. I set the camera on auto for this one, pop up flash, lens as wide as possible, and then set the self timer, before placing the camera on the snow in the middle of the corn and seed. The swans were a bit wary and the folks around me thought I was mad! This was the best of around six shots, where I just hoped that a swan would get up close and personal, unfortunately it shows a little bit of flash freeze action, and some beak chattering caught by the ambient light.

Worth a try?

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Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

It looks like you are part of the flock. Very cool shot.

25 Jan 2010 5:08am

Twinklestamper ☮ ❤ from Oklahoma, United States

Now that's some perspective...I'll be rethinking mine the next time I visit my favorite goose hangout!

25 Jan 2010 5:14am

Diane from Burnsville, United States

we just shot swans the other day I am so envious of this close up.

You rule !. This is wonderful. ingenious.

25 Jan 2010 5:22am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

very cool, i really like the close up perspective, its totally different from most animal photography [where the camera is usually pretty far away, and a telephoto compresses the scene]

25 Jan 2010 5:37am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5 stars!!!!!

25 Jan 2010 5:46am

Hilde Morin from Portland, United States

My first thought was "how did he get so close without being bitten", then I read your explanation! Great photo and thank you for the lesson Curly.

25 Jan 2010 5:51am

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

A very cool shot Curly ~ great idea

25 Jan 2010 6:14am

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

The animals look great, even while eating.

25 Jan 2010 6:17am

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Amazing picture. It´s great

25 Jan 2010 6:24am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great close up, they want there diner

25 Jan 2010 6:35am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Great perspective...very unusual and definately 'worth a try'!

25 Jan 2010 6:41am

Eric Rousset from Grasse, France

Nice dog angle shot , not so easy to catch as I can see ;-))

25 Jan 2010 6:47am

Nilla from Östergötland, Sweden

Ha ha, lovely swan necks. Congratulations to this shot.

25 Jan 2010 7:14am

Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ from Berlin, Germany

What a superb perspective, brilliant detail and colour, Curly - such an excellent work :-)) Stunning!

25 Jan 2010 7:18am

AG from London, United Kingdom

All these things are worth a try. To uninitiated onlookers (and, probably, the swans), they verge on insanity but the result here is very special.

25 Jan 2010 7:22am

Gabriel Clemente from Albufeira, Portugal

beautiful picture and great colors congratulations

25 Jan 2010 7:27am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Very nice angle. i love it... & the composition too.. Nice job

25 Jan 2010 7:46am

Manubhai from Bangalore, India

Just too close...Amazing shot...for a moment you feel in Jurassic Park...

25 Jan 2010 8:13am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~`stunning shot!! well done:)

25 Jan 2010 8:57am

roy from ostend, Belgium

a beautiful composition with this picture, simply super

25 Jan 2010 9:10am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Brilliant picture.

25 Jan 2010 9:28am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

wow! Very impressive!

25 Jan 2010 9:36am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great details... and the point of view is simply superb.

25 Jan 2010 9:45am

lusyamcoga from cannes, France

et bien une belle prise malgré la difficulté !

25 Jan 2010 10:29am

tubby from Singapore, Singapore

Haha! I like this :) lovely shoot

25 Jan 2010 10:55am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Wow- this is sure worth a try!!
Very smart solution and the result is an awesome pic:-))

25 Jan 2010 11:38am

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Amazing... thanks for telling us the "How I get so close"! Was my 1st thought, too, because I know swans as a bit "dangerous"...

Great shot and absolutely worth the try! :-)

25 Jan 2010 12:44pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

LOL....just as long as you stay away from their beaks you are OK. Nicely done Curly! ;-)

25 Jan 2010 12:53pm

k@ from Paris, France

Your angle is very original, looks as if they were invading us ;)

25 Jan 2010 1:24pm

Bob from New Jersey, United States

Definitely worth it!

25 Jan 2010 1:54pm

masoud from tehran, Iran

great capture , well done

25 Jan 2010 2:01pm

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

This is an amazing capture - clever, my friend, very clever indeed!

25 Jan 2010 2:07pm

Elora from Genoa, Italy

i think this came out pretty darn well! good job!!

25 Jan 2010 2:13pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

Absolutely beautiful capture! This is a very interesting view of these creatures. Very well done :D

25 Jan 2010 2:22pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

That's a great idea, and it came out very well! Although, with my luck, a swan would start pecking my camera to death. haha

25 Jan 2010 2:45pm

Charles B. from Mably, France

Ecoutent-ils Tchaikovski ?

25 Jan 2010 2:48pm

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

I have not seen such a photograph.
It's original and impressive.

25 Jan 2010 3:11pm

Stephanie from Milwaukee, United States

what a neat view! for a moment i thought they are not real!

25 Jan 2010 3:43pm

Julie from Easton, United States

What a great idea to set the timer! Really cool up-close shot!

25 Jan 2010 4:16pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

At first I thought they were decoys but then I could not imagine the positions. I think the one in the forefront is just a bit too.. plastic. The ones behind though are very nicely detailed.

25 Jan 2010 4:19pm

onald from kl, Malaysia

i thought it was giant swans... hehe... perspective = awesome... =]

25 Jan 2010 5:15pm

Alan from Manila, Philippines

Fantastic fresh POV.

25 Jan 2010 5:25pm

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Fantastic photo Curly!!

25 Jan 2010 5:30pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

What a great viewpoint Curly. I's say you were lucky not to get your nose pecked. There are some psychotic swans about.
Liked yesterdays distressed station too.

25 Jan 2010 5:50pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Oops just read how you did it. Well done and definitely worth the attempt

25 Jan 2010 5:52pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great image - I like the colors and the pov

25 Jan 2010 6:09pm

Sylvie49 capture image from Vallée de la Loire, France

Très étonnante photo, j'aime beaucoup cet effet original.

25 Jan 2010 6:30pm

ElisaA from Almonte, Spain

wow this is amazing!! I'd be afraid that they bite my camera ;)

25 Jan 2010 6:56pm

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Definitely worth it. A very creative mind u have there.

25 Jan 2010 6:58pm

alex centrella from California, United States

stunniing processing !

25 Jan 2010 7:00pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

amazing and wonderful portrait
a great shot

25 Jan 2010 7:02pm

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Beaux portraits de ces cygnes, joli traitement !

25 Jan 2010 7:08pm

Vikram from Chandler, United States

Insect's eye! Pretty cool!

25 Jan 2010 7:32pm

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Fantastic perspective, i like the way you did it!!
a great job!!

25 Jan 2010 7:47pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Special nice photo.

25 Jan 2010 8:38pm

Jean-Louis from France

Excellente pdv !!
J'aime bcp le cadrage !! Bravo à toi .

25 Jan 2010 8:56pm

Laurent from Lyon, France

very good idea this framing
Congratulation for the originality

25 Jan 2010 9:23pm

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Great perspective, those deep fried swans, maybe a little heavy with the flash if I may say so.

25 Jan 2010 9:32pm

manos from Athens, Greece

Unique point of view and angle ! Very impresive action !!

25 Jan 2010 9:44pm

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

Fantastic image, it is the heart of the action, thanks to your ingenuity, it is a beautiful photo, taken on the spot where the struggle for life is terrifying. I like the movement of the slats eager to corn and the impression that these ducks are huge on the sky so blue, well done and 5 stars for this image.

25 Jan 2010 9:55pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like the point of view. Very well done, we really are "into" the shot !!

25 Jan 2010 9:58pm

Anne Ditmars from Trenton, United States

Awesome shot!

25 Jan 2010 10:29pm

mirela from brighton, United States

how cool that you did that, despite the reaction you may have created around you :) I think it turned out great!!!

25 Jan 2010 10:45pm

mina from Estonia

I like the creepiness of their necks ;)

25 Jan 2010 11:44pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

If nothing more, you sure are dedicated!!!! Great strange vantage point !!!

25 Jan 2010 11:53pm

MataHari from Toronto, Canada

excellent shot!!! love the unique angle and such creativity!

26 Jan 2010 12:35am

Paul from summerside, Canada

Great capture

26 Jan 2010 12:43am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


26 Jan 2010 1:39am

LauraS from Chico, United States

What an ingenius photo technique. Great result, too. Thanks for sharing this work of art!

26 Jan 2010 1:44am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Looks like a technique that worked well for you here. It reminds me of situations that I should be using my remote shutter more often. :-)

26 Jan 2010 2:17am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

I agree, Curly - this may not be technically up to speed - but is is intriguing and I'm glad you posted it.

26 Jan 2010 2:46am

Sugata from Newark, United States

In spite of the imperfections that you mention, this worked very well. It is a most unusual point of view and that makes the shot unique!

26 Jan 2010 2:46am

Candid1 from Washington, DC, United States

NICE!!! Talk about getting up close & personal! 5 STARS!

26 Jan 2010 4:25am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

the POV is great!

26 Jan 2010 9:56am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice capture of low angle !

26 Jan 2010 2:07pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

What a brilliant POV !!

26 Jan 2010 4:30pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

brilliant! love the POV. the lighting may be too much on the nearest duck though. the background colors compliments the whole scene well too

26 Jan 2010 4:57pm

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

so close! lovely

26 Jan 2010 5:49pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

great point of view! what's your pose then?!

26 Jan 2010 9:20pm

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

Nice perspective on these guys. Interesting capture and processing.

27 Jan 2010 2:26am

Chris Giovannis from Sydney, Australia

Great angle here and nice fire of well balanced flash?

27 Jan 2010 3:07am

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

Oh! Marvelous!

27 Jan 2010 4:19pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Most certainly, without doubt...WORTH the try!!!! The angle you captured is fabulous!

31 Jan 2010 4:56am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Pretty cool shot. Don't you have a remote release?

31 Jan 2010 10:48pm

@Twelvebit: Unfortunatley I don't.

steve-stefedesign from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Well done great close up, I got a shot of a couple of swans in Chester recently, must put them on soon.
Love the detail and colour in the photo

7 Feb 2010 10:47am

parisa from tehran, Iran

where is here?

17 Sep 2012 12:32pm

@parisa: The location is here.

1/30 second
ISO 200
31 mm (35mm equiv.)