Taken in April before the rusty breeding plumage started to appear. A flock of 70 plus were working the pond for a few weeks . I usually see them feeding in small groups of 6-12 or more. This one wandered into the shallows by itself and stuck around for a few shots.
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Is this a composite: No
Nikon D7100, Nikkor lens 200-500 at 310, 1/2000 @f8, ISO800, tripod
I like this image a lot. It is really nice that you could isolate a single bird and calm blue water really puts a strong focus on the bird. What really makes the image in my opinion is the reflection. Also the grass in the water and the rings on the water creates a nice tension in the image. Technically it is excellent, great exposure and sharp. The only thing can suggest to consider it the crop, maybe it is a bit to centered but that is a matter of taste. I did an attempt of cropping to offset the bird a bit.
Anyway this is great photo!
A very pleasing composition with nice individual elements and reflection. Looks like it may have something in its beak. I think you did a really good job on the exposure and detail levels. I like the concentric water rings as part of the composition.
Thanks for your input and comments, @Johan_Lennartsson @David_Schoen, they are much appreciated. @Johan_Lennartsson the off center crop would work, I was trying for the water ripples to be a little more complete on the left side. Seems a little too much blue water on the right and a tad tight on the leftfor me. Maybe a slightly different shooting angle bringing the grass shoots in and keeping the water circles surrounding the subject. Next time I’ll be better prepared for the comp.
As soon as I saw this I was struck by the wonderful composition! The inclusion of the ripples is wonderful! This isn’t one to try to force the subject off-center – it is so nicely balanced by the grass and the slightly more prominent ripple on the right. The blue water is such a pleasing setting for the browns in the bird, and the detail in the feathers keeps my attention glued to the image .
My only nit is that it feels like it needs a slight CCW rotation, which I confirmed by downloading and pulling out a guide on the eye. Minus 2 degrees was perfect for both the eye and the ripple.
Your photograph of this Dowitcher is vary calming. The concentric circles, grass, reflection and eye contact, balance this photograph nicely. I would not reframe the shot.
Thanks @peter I appreciate your comments. I like the symmetry of the ripples and the positioning of the Dowitcher.