Thursday, April 2, 2009

Black Swan

Black SwanLast weekend Debra and I stayed at the Omni Houston Hotel. In the morning we took a walk after breakfast and noticed the 3 large red wall/fountains that are part of the Omni's pool and landscape design. Our first thought was that this might make a nice place to photograph a "modern bridal portrait" - the juxtaposed red walls and fountains could lend high-fashion style to a session. As we walked we saw in the pond adjacent to the pool 2 black swans and their 4 babies. The red in the beaks of the adult swans caught my attention as they were almost the same shade as the red wall that was the background for the pond they were swimming in. As Debra walked along the edge of the pond - the male paddled right behind her ready to defend his family. I quickly ran back to our room to grab a camera and one of our long lens. I picked the Canon 70-200 mm f/ 2.8 zoom as I knew I wanted a shallow depth of field. Debra acted as bait walking up and down the edge of the pond to get the male swans attention. Laying on my belly to have the bright green grass as forground - I waited until the male popped his head over the edge of the pond as a security check. The red wall reflected in the water giving me some additional color... this was the shot I was looking for. Post processing in Adobe Photoshop CS4 I added a vingnette around the edges of the image to make the swan and colors "pop".

1 comment:

Curtis Copeland said...

Thanks for sharing...