These unusual shots had been taken by Viktor Lyagushkin in the Blue Lake (Caucasus, Russia). Editors of the Diver Magazine (Canada) choose the photographs for their December 2015 mini feature to show the beauty of the birds and highlight an unusual approach in underwater photography.
Famous Russian designer, Tatyana Parfionova used the photograph of a swan by Viktor Lyagushkin for her impressive dress which illustrates the idea of her exhibition dedicated to the world’s greatest ballet-dancer Maya Plesetskaya.
The fidelity and love, happiness and tragedy of a swan touches the bottom of a soul and is the accurate expression of the perfect ballet-dancer, says Tatyana Parfionova.
“People cannot fly, but underwater they may feel weightless. That is why the director of a movie based on a popular Russian fairy tale decided to film a scene of a fight between the Swan Princess and Wicked Wizard-Kite underwater.
I had been invited as a backstage underwater photographer and found the Swan Princess was more than charming. I couldn’t use any lights as these would spoil the scene, but the studio light board was more than enough to create a beautiful backlight underwater, and the chromakey backing formed a nicely textured backdrop.”
Nikon D3S, Nikon AF 16mm f/2.8 D Fisheye, 1/400 sec, f/4, ISO800, Subal housing
photo by Viktor Lyagushkin
By putting their long necks to good use by ducking underwater and reaching for food at the bottom of a lake these mute swans are showing not just their looks – but also how well adapted they are.
During the Blue Lake Awareness Project we made a unique series of underwater photos with swans. It turns that nobody before us did this. Our photos became more and more popular in the world, and one of ‘swan photos’ entered Final in BBC’s Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 competition in category ‘Birds’.
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