Winner in Wild Birds Eggs In The Nest Photo Challenge
People's Choice in First Signs of Spring Photo Challenge
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Bazz PRO+
Bazz February 26, 2016
Fabulous capture!
elainezammitduguay February 26, 2016
Thank you for all your thoughtful comments, I really appreciate the encouragement! :)
emacdonald May 29, 2016
congratulations! wonderful capture!
elainezammitduguay May 30, 2016
Thank you for your comment. So glad to have won and that you like it! Have a great day! :)
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clarieharrington July 20, 2018
Congrats on winning my challenge! Great photo just lovely!

Behind The Lens

I took this photo at one of my favourite spots in Hamilton Ontario. It is right on the water front at Bayfront Park. The nest was not far offshore amidst the reeds and tall grasses.
This photo was taken mid afternoon, not exactly the most ideal time of day for shooting. But it is when we happened upon this nest.
The lighting was all natural for this photo.
To take this photo I used my Canon EOS REBEL T3i and my 55mm lens.
I think it is rather obvious what inspired me to take this photo. It was amazing to watch this mother swan nesting she was so a tentative while the male swan protectively watched over her and their eggs. I was very fortunate to capture the mother turning her eggs to ensure that equal warmth is maintained. It was an inspiring moment to capture and witness. I am so happy to be able to share this photo, and even happier to have been selected as the People's Choice in First Signs of Spring Photo Challenge….Thank you!
Yes, I did some tweaking in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. First I always like to straighten and crop my photos. Typically if I have taken a decent shot the with camera, I will usually adjust the highlights, shadows, whites, blacks and clarity if need be. Then I adjust the sharpening and noise reduction. I pretty much do this for every photo I take to some degree.
In my camera bag
I typically carry 3 cameras in my bag. A Canon EOS REBEL T3i, Canon EOS REBEL T2i and my Waterproof Canon Powershot D20 cameras. I also have 3 lens I carry, an 18 mm, a 55 mm, and 250 mm lens. I also have my Canon Speedlite 430EX II. I always carry a minimum of 4 fully charged batteries for either the cameras or for the flash and I also have a battery charger with me just in case. I carry a polarizing filter, a little water spray bottle, lens cleaners and a remote for the cameras. It would be nice to travel a little lighter, but I do want to try and be prepared, just in case that photo opportunity does present itself. Mind you, I do realize I need to start bringing my tripod out with me more.
My advice is just to be observant and respectful of your surroundings and nature. Soak in all the natural beauty that surrounds us. If you just stop and really take a look, you will see that there is beauty all around us. Have fun with your camera and your surroundings!

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