Swans at the Claddagh Basin

Swans at Claddagh

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 wife’s 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.

Mark Grealish

Dashing brigand, handsome rapscallion, father, crazy cat lady and the world's greatest lover and liar, living in Dublin, Ireland.

Have your say on 'Swans at the Claddagh Basin'

  • Moley on

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

  • Mark on

    The thought I had bread.

    Bites != Bread.

  • Peter on

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

  • Mark on

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

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