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Swan at sunset 16 x 24 Giclee print
Swan at sunset. 16 x 24 inch Giclee print.
In photography, the time just after sunrise, and just before sunset, is known as the 'golden hour'. This is the time when the light is softer, and warmer, and the sun low in the sky making subject stand out. Sometimes it can create a truly golden effect. I took this photograph just minutes before sunset, on the River Exe in Devon, standing on Cricklepit suspension bridge and looking out across the river. The flocks of mute swans that gather on the river, in the centre of the city of Exeter are famous. Swans nest all along the river bank right in the centre of town, sometimes causing city authorities to cordon off parts of footpaths to protect nests. This particular swan was gliding slowly upstream; southwest in to the setting sun. The low sun reflecting off the rippled water turned the surface into liquid gold, simultaneously silhouetting the swan. Some shots you needs to travel hard, trekking miles and waiting in cold wet conditions, to have a chance of getting. Others happen right before you, you just have to be ready to capture the moment. I took this photograph in early February, 2012. In the intervening years I've seen hundreds of sunsets over the River Exe, but I've never got a shot like this one again.
Giclee prints are produced on some of the best archival quality papers available, including Epsom 215gsm Fine Art Cotton, Fujifilm 300gsm Photo Rag and Hahnemühle 290gsm Bamboo Fibre. The choice of paper weight, brand and finish is yours. Inks currently used are Epsom Ultrachrome HD, high optical density pigment dyes. These inks are renowned for their faithful colour reproduction, resistance to humidity and light and longevity (estimated at over 200 years under archival conditions).