Hokkaido Whooper Swans
Since returning from Hokkaido it’s been a flurry of activity doing all those other things that fill our days so we can keep doing that thing we love – making photographs. That usually means I post a bunch of photographs immediately, and then nearly abandon you to posts about other things. I love those other things, and truthfully they’re what allows me to do all this. But I get very conscious when I’ve posted about an eBook, a couple new Within The Frame Adventures, and a new fine art book, all in such a short time. I love the idea of balance and pacing myself, I’m just not very good at it.
But now I’m home and my desk is cleared off a little. I’ve just put the rooftop tent back on the Jeep for the summer and another trip to the Canadian arctic and my mind’s gone back to Hokkaido and the time I spent with these Whooper Swans. Elegant and the picture of grace one moment, slapstick and clumsy the next, I made most of these lying on a sandy beach at the water’s edge, a tourist gift shop behind me up the shore a ways and piping Miles Davis out the speakers. I’ve never done anything quite like this, and determined to show some of the grace of these birds, it took hundreds of frames to find settings that gave me a look that felt right. We should be so lucky to call this kind of thing “work.”
Tomorrow (April 04) I’ll post a few more of my photographs from my time with the Steller Sea Eagles.