Swans, bloody swans

I originally went out today to try and photograph waves breaking on rocks at Claddagh beach, but the tide was fully in by the time I got out and the lack of cover at the beach was disheartening. I started out with my big 28-200mm lens at some seagulls, but I wasn’t happy with the photos I was getting, so I swapped it for my 18-55mm and went over to the swans, where I made an ass of myself by crawling around through puddles, poop and Unspeakably Worse Things to get a good photo.

I read an article in a magazine yesterday about a man who used a wide angle lens to catch birds in flight from a few feet away (he shot over his wifes shoulder, who threw bread at them), so I got right up underneath a few swans, who just sat there and staring at me expectantly for bread. Fie to that. I came away with two photos I’m really happy with and a few more I’m not so happy with:


What’re you staring at?

And that’s it for the exciting photos. You can find any other images here

4 Comments:

Moley

Commented Tuesday January 16, 2007 at 00:20

you’re lucky the little bastards didn’t bite, swans are evil. they’re right up there with geese on the evil scale :[

Mark

Commented Tuesday January 16, 2007 at 22:29

The thought I had bread.

Bites != Bread.

Peter

Commented Wednesday January 17, 2007 at 16:07

The first on would have been nicer if the legs were kept in no marks for cropping here :P

Mark

Commented Wednesday January 17, 2007 at 23:08

lol, that’s actually how the photo came out, unfortunately.

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