Back in early March, as I was returning home from doing some lighting checks for a client video project, my ‘little voice’ told me to make a quick stop at LaSalle Park. Luckily I had a Nikon 1 V3 fitted with a 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm zoom with me, which allowed me to photograph some trumpeter swans in flight.
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Typically I would have to spend several hours at LaSalle Park in order to capture a small assortment of images of swans in flight. The birds spend most of their time milling about on the shoreline, or bobbing on the surface of the water. On this particular afternoon I happened to be at the right place at the right time. Mother Nature smiled down on me.
For whatever reason the birds decided to treat me to a number of fly-by opportunities in quick succession.
A few of the swans flew past me, then did some circle-around movements giving me another chance to photograph them.
Some of the fly-by opportunities were at comparatively low levels. This allowed me to create some images using a focal length of only 118 mm… or an equivalent-field-of-view of 318.6 mm.
Without question my impromptu decision to visit LaSalle Park ended up being on of my most productive birds-in-flight sessions of all time!
How quickly did all of this action happen? I checked my EXIF data. All of the images of trumpeter swans in flight displayed in this article were captured within a 3 minute time frame!
When your ‘little voice’ whispers… it pays to listen!
All images were captured hand-held using camera gear as per the EXIF data. All images in this article were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.
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