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Mute swan cygnet shaking - A cygnet, backlit by evening sunlight, shakes itself dry as its two siblings float nearby. It’s almost embarrassing to admit but I’ve worked at this location for about 12 years, and even though it’s a large lake with infinite possibilities I really should have found the possibility of this kind of image earlier. It shows the importance of revisiting sites time and time again, in all weathers and at all times of the year and trying to avoid, wherever possible, the kind of one-dimensional thinking that I had become accustomed to. It’s never a good idea to decide that one particular spot is the best vantage point, or one kind of perspective is best. I’d worked obsessively on water level images for years, flippantly deciding on a whim that I preferred them to more elevated image but the truth is there is always an image to find, there’s always a new angle or a new behaviour to observe, the trick is to use one’s own creativity and imagination to find the best image under any given circumstance. For days on end this lake can be quiet and calm, seemingly with not a lot going on but a fundamentally important part of wildlife photography is the investment of time. Sitting quietly, often for hours on end, quietly observing and trying to notice the subtle nuances in the animals/birds behaviour. For those that might be interested this image was captured on a 200-400mm lens @260mm but I wanted to try and bring all of the cygnets into sharp focus. I knew that by exposing for the highlights that the distant shadowed forest would fall into underexposure and therefore it was consequence free to shoot at a high F-stop number. I also wanted to be able to freeze the motion of the water droplets and so this was shot at ISO 800, 1/500sec at F20. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @natgeoyourshot @thephotosociety @andyparkinsonphoto #muteswan#cygnets#swanbabies#backlight#derbyshire#UK#ethicsbeforeimages#nature#naturelovers#wildlife#birdsofinstagram#birdbehaviour#wildlifephotography#animalsofinstagram
It is amazing to see elephants at such close proximity. They really are amazing animals 🐘. However with ever shrinking habitat more and more elephants are coming into contact with people causing human wildlife conflict. Almost no where else in the world is this more of an issue than in Sri Lanka where dozens of people are killed each year by elephants. Alongside this are religious and political issues including the use of elephants in festivals and the capture of wild elephants for wealthy individuals. Check out the Conservation Conversation website and give us your thoughts on these issues
The proliferation of plastic products in the last 70 years or so has been extraordinary; quite simply we cannot now live without them. We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.