Photographing Swans

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Photographing swans takes some understanding of their behavior. In this video, pro wildlife photographer Doug Gardner travels to a wetlands marsh where he discovers swarms of swans. You will learn that these birds are sensitive to weather changes and will feed heavily before a storm. You will also learn that two important considerations in photographing swans are light and wind coming from the same direction. The goal is to keep the wind and light direction to the side or behind you. You don’t want the birds to be flying or landing away from you. Using his 500m telephoto and shooting on autofocus, Doug captures dramatic images of graceful swans flying, landing, and swimming in the water.

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