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I shot these whooper swans on our Japan workshop on Hokkaido. The moment I saw this scene, I was immediately taken by the fairy-tale like mood. When I set up my tripod there was hardly any light because of the thick cloud cover, but I decided to wait and hope for the sun to appear from below the clouds, just before it would hide behind the mountains in the background. I was very lucky that it did.

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