Bad weather does not necessarily mean bad photos

Maybe somebody put the spell on me, or something: the last time I was out taking photo with decent weather was at the beginning of January. In the past two months, if I'm busy with my work, the weather is mostly fine; but if I've got some free time, it's certainly bad.

Anyway the serious wildlife photographer won't be put down by this.

So, today, after complaining a lot about some miserable, dull photos of greater grebes, I searched for swans - and luckily I found them. Then I searched for a perspective that gave me a dark background (it was the shadow of a bridge) and at last I was able to get some good photos - I even rated some as "top keepers". The bright white of the swans against the dark shadow made for a high contrast subject for the latitude of my D100 (requiring just a bit of level adjusting to darken blacks), and the almost black&white look prevented the images from appearing "dull".

Moreover, the swans were pretty much tame, so I was able to do a couple of intimate portraits.

I only had troubles with the light meter. These are the classic subjects where spot metering is the best, but I had troubles in keeping the sensor on the birds, since they was swimming quite fast. And I was so stupid that I didn't think of getting the good exposure and lock it. So I had a few burned out photos, and on others I had to do some drastic correction in NC (even +1 stop).

Anyway, I'm pretty pleased by the results.

Sua altezza reale (Cygnus olor).

Nikon D100 + AF-S 300 f/4 + TC 20E II + 300.0 mm f/4.0 @ 600 mm, 1/800 sec @ ƒ/8, -1.00 EV, ISO 500, beanbag.

Cigno reale (Cygnus olor).

Nikon D100 + AF-S 300 f/4 + TC 20E II + 300.0 mm f/4.0 @ 600 mm, 1/800 sec @ ƒ/8, -1.00 EV, ISO 320, beanbag.

Cigno reale (Cygnus olor).

Nikon D100 + AF-S 300 f/4 + TC 20E II + 300.0 mm f/4.0 @ 600 mm, 1/800 sec @ ƒ/8, -0.67 EV, ISO 360, beanbag.