Professional Photographer and TTSS Photo-of-the-Month host Greg Smith says:
Richard’s image of the Trumpeter Swan in flight shows that having slightly less focused aspects of the subject can bring out the highlights you want to accentuate in your photograph.
The soft focus on the wings helps in at least three ways: They push the viewer’s field of vision towards the head and the eye of the swan. The soft focus also helps transition the bird into the warm, subtle tones of the background. And the third point is that it gives a feeling of action and movement to the swan.
We have gone back and forth over lighting issues on a white-colored subject. There are pros to bright, sunny days as the basis for the photograph and there are different positive aspects for photographs taken on warm, overcast days.
What I enthusiastically appreciate about this photograph is the muted tones of the water in the background. There is no harsh blue contrasting with the softness of the swan, just an overall feeling of serenity in the lighting and the composition.
All of this points to Richard’s capabilities in creating an outstanding photograph!
Featured Photographer for September, 2011 – Richard Eyre, Wisconsin
Richard Eyre is a Northern Wisconsin based photographer specializing in unique, expressive landscapes and scenic images. His prints feature vivid colors and artistic composition to create captivating visions of the world.
Rick has spent years exploring and photographing many diverse landscapes though-out the United States and around the globe.
His web site is http://www.RickEyrePhoto.com
About the Photo:
This swan was photographed along the Mississippi river in Minnesota last winter, on one of the coldest days of the year.
We are pleased that Richard was willing to share this “keeper” shot in support of Trumpeter Swans