Caught One!

Caught One!

This Pied Kingfisher has just emerged from the water with a small fish. You can see the splashing water being thrown around by the wings, and the determined look on the Kingfisher, with the tiny fish held by the tip of his beak. The beauty of nature!

What do I like about this photo? The incredible action, caught in a frame. This is the kind of split-second action that's very hard (if not impossible) to perceive with the naked eye. I used a fast shutter speed (1/2500 of a second) to freeze the action. I used an open aperture (f/6.3 - the most open my lens supports at the focal length of 400mm that I used) to have the Kingfisher and water splashes in focus, and the background blurred out. There's an incredible amount of details to be seen - each feather is visible.

What would I want to improve? Not much here. Maybe a lower angle of view would have made for an even more dramatic photo. Also, grabbing a bit more of the reflection of the Kingfisher on the water might have been nice, although the water is hardly still enough to show good reflections.

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