Shooting action shots of an animal on the water is really exciting and can be a challenge in itself. Bringing together light, water and action, can create an awesome effect in photography. This series of shots of the Trumpeter Swans, right when the golden hour in photography was ending, was such a gift. It happened at the most perfect time of day, with the most perfect subject any photographer could want, the Trumpeter Swan.
Each afternoon the swans always made an afternoon flight before nightfall. I was setting and waiting for this to take place for hours and was just about to give up. Since it was almost dark, I didn’t think the swans would fly. I was beginning to believe that they had not intention of flying that afternoon. Suddenly they were spooked by something and the bobbing of heads began. The nervous swans gave me an indication that flight could take place any minute. That is when something magical happened. That is when light, water, and action came together.
The loveliest thing about shooting around water is that every time you shoot, something special and magical has a big chance of happening. In this case it was all dependent on the moving of the water, the light and shutter speed. Shutter speed is so important when you are trying to capture a moving target. Shutter speed refers to the length of time your camera shutter is open allowing light to enter. The faster the shutter speed the less time the sensor is exposed to light. This gives you different effects at different speeds.
The swans splashed on top of the water as they made their way across the pond. Light hitting the water droplets shown like diamonds around the swans. This gave my images a surreal look that captured the Trumpeter Swans in a dreamlike illusion. I hope you enjoy photography magic……..