Young Swan Preening


I made a bit of a beginners error on Saturday morning when I left the house to travel up to London’s Hyde Park. I forgot my main camera! Oops. To be fair I was rather distracted by the prospect of Swimming The Serpentine for charity again (here’s a link to my fundraising page), remembering the wetsuit, goggles, entry tags, swim cap, timing tag and my waterproof camera. So at least I did have ONE camera with me! I didn’t get much from in the water though as it was quite choppy with the huge numbers of swimmers. There were 5000 swimmers over the course of the day, including myself and my mum. Colder than last year, both in and out of the water but nevertheless, absolutely brilliant! The wildlife in Hyde Park is wonderful. A sanctuary for nature and people in the heart of London. Swans are such enigmatic birds and I love swimming alongside them in open water. This youngster was busily preening its’ feathers after the latest rain shower. I was really pleased with how my waterproof Olympus performed for me in capturing this shot! I still WISH I’d had the Sony and Fuji kit there though. I really must try to get up to the park for a purely photographic outing sometime! This black and white edit is my entry for the weekend photography Fotospeed challenge.

10 comments on “Preening

  1. Ah now, lots to talk about! First, wonderful picture, great composition with the head coming in from top left; wonderful in mono. But I’m thinking of getting a waterproof camera – not for swimming as I can’t swim!!! but for wet rush hours – the Olympus TG-5: which Olympus have you get and how do you find it, is it good? A πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Adrian πŸ™‚ Funnily enough I’m hoping to upgrade to the T5 from the T4 that I use at the moment! It has some great accessories for underwater photography πŸ™‚ It’s a very handy little camera to have with you! It also shoots in RAW πŸ™‚ I like the WiFi too for sending images straight to my phone to process. One thing on it I find doesn’t work so well is the panorama feature but I can live without that πŸ˜‰

      • Thanks for the info, Sarah, I’m edging closer to getting a T5 – for pics in varying places, incl the morning rush hour – in the pouring rain! RAW ability is important, but I’m not at all worried about panoramas. A πŸ™‚

      • Have you got any local camera shops where you might be able to try before you buy? Lots of the big name manufacturers do test days but often they’re in London! Worth looking at Olympus UK on Twitter etc to see where and when they’re doing tryout days.

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