Swan on the Lake – with a Photo Tip

A pretty swan on the local lake.

Digging through some older photographs, I came across this one of a swan on the lake.

Spring and summer can often bring swans to the lake. They always make pretty sight, somehow very calming as they elegantly swim along.

Swan on the Lake – Photo Tip

Capturing the image can, however, be tricky. The reflection of the swan in the rippling water is great. in full colour it is very “busy” with all of the reflections in green water. Rather than take it to a full black and white image I like to desaturate the image until there is just a hint of the stronger colours left. Look at the swan’s beak.

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  1. David P. says:

    Good tip. Desaturation, or a filter such as bandicoot or sepia, can often produce more interesting results than black and white. B&W is best applied when accenting shadows rather than general photography.

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    1. The Hairy One says:

      I agree. I am not always a fan of pure black and white, especially just desaturated from colour. I do enjoy the subtlety of the partial desaturation.
      I’ve actually never done much with filters, either on camera or in post. Need to do some experimenting!

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