Lucky It Wasn't My Swan Song
This was just one of those shots where I had my camera in my hand and I was on a mission to take a very specific shot elsewhere. Then, as I walked past, I looked at this little figure of a swan in a display cabinet and a tiny light went on in my brain. This shot simply had to be taken first, before anything else.
The light was soft and muted. The quality of the reflection was good but not overpowering. The delicate, graceful arch of the swan's neck caught my attention. So I concentrated on that facet of the "creature" and decided to completely ignore the beautiful wings on the ornament itself.
But this was the interesting part of my task. By concentrating on the neck and choosing my angle with care, I was still able to depict the wings in the reflection.
I kept the frame really tight, to emphasise the curve of the long neck. And if you look really carefully, you'll see not one but three reflections - the obvious one behind the swan and then the two others beneath.
Here's an interesting afterthought - the muted light makes the swan look as if it has been fashioned from mercury. Do you agree?
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