Black & White Visions 2020

Black & White Visions

In the August 2020 issue we share your amazing black and white wildlife images from our latest photo competition.


The winner has received a 12-Issue membership.

Mute swan, Rochester, New York State, United States

There’s a driving route that I often take along the shore of Lake Ontario during my lunch hour. It was just warming up after a bitter cold spell and I knew that the warmer temperatures would bring some dramatic low fog over the frozen lake and ponds.

I happened to see a lone mute swan walking on the fog-shrouded ice, which was unique in that I usually find them in pairs. I managed to pull over to the curb, put the vehicle in park (very important!) and crossed the road to the shoreline to get as low of a perspective as possible.

I’m sure there were some strange looks from people passing-by as I squatted down by the water’s edge, but I managed to spend five minutes with this beautiful bird while it struck pose, after pose, for me.

The fog and ice definitely gives it a dream-like character, with the hint of soft trees in the distant background. It all culminated with this particular shot, which is perfectly suited for monochrome.

Mute swan, New York State, United States, Nikon D850, Nikkor 200-500 f/5.6, f/5.6, 1/1600sec, ISO 360

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