It’s so easy to become fixated on one thing when making a photograph and miss something we weren’t expecting. This particular day I was attempting to take advantage of the mirror like reflections on the lake, a situation I don’t see very often. I was walking around the shore, looking for views that placed reflections and the reflected in interesting juxtapositions. Walking, with the camera often to my eye, trying not to slip into the water, dodging low branches and concentrating on compositions, meant I wasn’t very receptive to details in the background. The usual advice, to mind the edges of the composition is sound, and I try to follow it, but there is a limit to how many things I can pay attention to at any one time and that’s my excuse for not noticing the swan in the distance.
Could I have planned it better if I’d seen her? I doubt it, for there she, is framed by two branches right in the corner of the frame. Sometimes it’s just plain luck that turns a nice image into something more.
Pentax K5IIs with kit zoom processed in Nik Color Efex Pro 4 and Snapseed.