I named this image ‘Swan Lake’ and for good reason. When I reached this remote location in Hokkaido, Japan, all I could see was this frozen lake, mountains in the background and swans. It was heavenly. Fortunately I could get really low to photograph these swans, so I lay on the ground and waited for a swan to pose for me.
I am not sure how swans are in other parts of the world, but out here, they were very fidgety and while I was getting the shots I wanted, I could not get a decent reflection. After a long wait in the cold, I managed to get the shot i wanted.
For all the younger photographers, it is extremely important that you scout a location, research the location and condition online or hire a good guide who knows the location very well. I knew beforehand that i could get really low (eye level) at this location and i also knew that the swans here were not too skittish which meant i could get really close. This knowledge was crucial in me selecting this location over other locations. It also helped me select the best lens for this image.
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