Little Grebe Stare

Little Grebe Stare

Little Grebes are some of the cutest birds you will ever encounter. And quick to disappear underwater whenever you point the camera at them. It's usually quite a challenge to capture one in the frame from any reasonable distance (them being small contributes - you need to be quite close to them to have any amount of details). The other day I had a good enough hide behind some bushes that I did manage to see some of them from pretty close by. This one was actually observing me taking a picture - I love the eye contact! If you look carefully you can also observe the water drops on her feathers - she just came out of the water a few seconds earlier.

What do I like about this photo? There are nice details - from the water droplets, to the reflection in the almost-still water. There's also eye contact, which adds a lot of interest, and the sun is in the back, which makes the Grebe outline light up.

What would I want to improve? The Grebe is a little underexposed, a bit too dark. This is always a challenge with bright sunlight coming from the back, but I probably should have exposed a bit brighter (pushing for more light in processing has its limits - at some point the details and the colors start to go away). Also, I would have loved to be even closer, for more details, and lower, to get a more personal angle. That was unfortunately not possible at the site...

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