My Sunday Photo 19/10/2014 – Swan at Hever Castle

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Swan and ducks on the man made lake at Hever Castle, Kent. #MySundayPhoto

This image was taken yesterday on a family visit to Hever Castle in Kent. The swan and ducks swam right in front of me and so I hurriedly snapped away before they moved out of the frame.

I like the perspective of this photo. While the swan and ducks dominate the foreground, I like the picture’s depth of field. I also think the reflections in the water and the grey sky add character to the image. For the photography geeks, here’s the detail. The focal length was 20mm, aperture was set at f4.5 and, being an overcast day, ISO was set at 1000. I initially thought this might make a good black and white image but instead I used the cross process filter as this worked much better. I also tinkered with the exposure ever so slightly while editing.

In case you aren’t aware, Hever Castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The lake in the image isn’t natural. It was landscaped in the early twentieth century on the orders of the 1st Viscount Astor, a colourful character who bought the castle after turning his back on a life in American politics.

As ever, I am linking this image to OneDad3Girl’s #MySundayPhoto linky. I recommend going and taking a look to see what other bloggers have been up to.


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22 Comments

  1. October 19, 2014 / 5:34 am

    I love this photo! The perspective is fantastic, it seems to go on for miles, and the colour is very muted and wintry.

  2. October 19, 2014 / 7:17 am

    It all looks so beautiful. Looks very moody and the swan just looks so peaceful gliding about.

  3. October 19, 2014 / 7:56 am

    It looks a very big man made lake and certainly looks very natural there. Great positioning of the swan in your photo

  4. October 19, 2014 / 8:09 am

    Swans are beautiful…except for when you hit your golf ball near them and try to retrieve it…then they are scary. Lovely shot!

  5. October 19, 2014 / 8:53 am

    That’s very pretty, I like the line of the Swan cutting through the stillness of the lake.

    #mysundayphoto

  6. October 19, 2014 / 9:36 am

    What a lovely peaceful picture πŸ™‚ great πŸ™‚

  7. October 19, 2014 / 9:43 am

    Lovely image. The day looks dull and grey, yet the swan still looks stunning and regal x

  8. October 19, 2014 / 11:17 am

    Really great photo, I haven’t been to Hever for years not since school.

    Love the toning on this

    Thank you for linking up

  9. October 19, 2014 / 11:57 am

    Such a beautiful scene….It looks so peaceful there.

  10. October 19, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    Absolutely love this, it’s a great photo, and the filter you’ve chosen really makes it x

  11. October 19, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    Like you, I like the depth of field and the reflections. The photo is all about peace and nature. It’s beautiful πŸ™‚

    Rebel xox

  12. October 19, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    What a beautiful photo. I have never been to Hever Castle and I would love to get there one day.

  13. October 19, 2014 / 6:25 pm

    Great shot ans love the tones! not been there in such a long time either! πŸ˜‰

  14. October 19, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    Love the composition and cross process effect. My UK born husband and I now live in Canada and we visted Hever years ago. Must go again. Please come and join my new Silent Sunday Linky Party over at http://nicerthannew.com and share the beauty of photographs.

  15. Carol Cameleon
    October 19, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    Pretty picture and good ‘snapshot’ (!) of history too!

  16. October 19, 2014 / 8:31 pm

    A lovely photo! My father has been a photographer for most of his life. He’ll appreciate you sharing some of the details of taking the photo. I’ll just sit back and enjoy the result.

    Best Wishes

    Gerhard

  17. October 20, 2014 / 6:45 am

    Great capture, I really like the effect of the cross process on this photo #mysundayphoto

  18. October 20, 2014 / 9:43 am

    I think this is my favourite photo so far today ;D
    Great shot for all the reasons you mention and thanks for the photo details.
    I’ve never visited Hever but it sounds like it might be another destination for my list!
    Enjoy your week

  19. October 21, 2014 / 7:19 am

    Hi there, the lighting is great for your swan picture and adds majesty to the subject.
    Hever Castle is a wonderful place for beautiful, natural photography with so many points of interest at every turn.
    If you haven’t been then get down there – it’s great at all times of the year and the beautifully tended gardens and walkways visibly change with in all seasons – for me there’s spring with all it’s daffodils surrounding the castle and then there is summer in the beautiful Italian Gardens with it’s truly stunning Rose garden.

  20. October 26, 2014 / 6:01 am

    great photo. whenever i see a swan i think of that story where a little australian girl went overseas and upon seeing swans proceeded to talk to a European lady about the black swans we have in australia. This lady then told her off for lying! she said that there were no such thing as black swans. the cheek of her!:)