All posts by Ted Jennings - TPJ Photography

Swans Dancing

I’ve wondered how photographers capture mated Swans with those heart shaped images. Now I know.

Swans Dancing
Swans Dancing

Just wait.

If the birds are in mating season getting close and swimming together is part of the ritual. They do it and a photographer needs the angle. The Swans do the rest.

Swans Dancing
Swans Dancing

 

Passing Through, Great Egret

In mixed rookeries like this one certain times of the day the air gets busy, and crowded.

Passing Through, Great Egret
Passing Through, Great Egret
Passing Through, Great Egret
Passing Through, Great Egret

Some birds stick close to the islands and trees which makes getting focus harder. If you grab a branch the bird is long gone before you can fix it.

Passing Through, Great Egret
Passing Through, Great Egret

 

I had Company, Alligator

So, I made the turn and there he was. Soaking up some of the heat.

This trail is wide and he wasn’t all that big. He did have someone further down past him a bit stumped though.

I had Company, Alligator
I had Company, Alligator

Right here a ‘nature train’ may drive past with visiting tourist from the old planation up the road. He would move for that.

I’m not something that concerns him. He probably grew up with that tram and the ohh’s and ahh’s of out of town visitors.

I had Company, Alligator
I had Company, Alligator

He watched me, I watched him. I walked by, he fell back asleep.

 

Blue Sky – White Bird, Egret

Lately most shots of Egrets have not had much color in the sky.

Blue Sky - White Bird, Egret
Blue Sky – White Bird, Egret

I tend to meter on the white bird, helps with details. However the background can be either much less or too much color.

Blue Sky - White Bird, Egret
Blue Sky – White Bird, Egret
Blue Sky - White Bird, Egret
Blue Sky – White Bird, Egret

This Egret was further out, a longer shot, and I had basic settings.

I think it worked well until white clouds were behind the Egret at his highest ascent.

Everything is a trade off.