In my next rather out of date photo challenge reply I am going to look at the theme from 20 January 2017 (I’ve skipped quite a few weeks between the last photo challenge and this one). The theme is: Graceful


The obvious starting point for me was the same example as used in the challenge post – swans. There are two photos I have of swans that I am particularly proud of, both from the same day though looking at them you wouldn’t necessarily guess so.


These photos were taken in September 2013, a very sunny day in the same spot on the River Nene by a stone bridge in Ferry Meadows, and were taken only about 3 minutes apart.

Twinkling Swans

Lord of all he surveys


The difference in these photos was simply the angle I was looking from. As you can see the first photo was taken from higher up. In fact it was taken from the top of the stone bridge mentioned above whilst looking in the direction the sun was shining from. This meant that all of those twinkling points were natural rather than being any kind of filter adding them.


The second photo was taken whilst stood on the river bank, so still looking down but not from such a high angle. The big difference though is the direction I was looking in. Rather than looking towards the Sun I was looking across, pretty much a 90 degree difference in the direction I was facing from the previous photo.


Birds are, of course, generally are very graceful in the air. On take-off and landing not necessarily so much – swans in particular are not so graceful when taking off or landing.


I am going to share one more bird photo, this time a gull flying by quite close in one day whilst we were feeding them.

Gull Fly By


I am just going to share a couple more photos, ones that have been seen elsewhere in my blog posts. It does involve flight again, but this time planes rather than birds.


First off the Avro Vulcan. This was taken at the Shuttleworth Military Pageant in 2015. The Vulcan is a big plane but looks effortlessly graceful in the air and even on the ground.

XH558 OW3


Graceful B&W Lady



As graceful as jets can be regardless of their size, there is something far more graceful about the classic prop driven aircraft like the Spitfire, the one below is the Mark Vb of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Spitfire Mk Vb


Or this Avro Anson from the Shuttleworth Collection.

Avro Anson


Thank you for reading this post, I hope you have enjoyed seeing these photos.


2 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful”

  1. Mike Hardisty Avatar

    I’m a sucker for aircraft and birds and it’s amazing what a difference the angle that you photograph them from makes, especially aircraft. Fast moving jets, head on, difficult to achieve focus sometimes, but you don’t half get that feeling that maybe you should duck.

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    1. neiltorr Avatar

      I know what you mean 🙂 I’m at an airshow again this weekend, but no fast jets expected. It’s at the Shuttleworth Collection so there will be a lot of classics and even some Edwardian planes. Assuming the weather is calm enough to get them airborne anyway.


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