Good Morning Everyone,
Armed with my camera, I was trying the capture the interesting shapes and patterns made by the reflected, moving reeds in a small lake.
Much to my surpise, I saw a coot, swimming amongst the reeds and then staying completely stationary in the reflections, as if they would hide it.
I didn't have my telephoto lens with me so I waited quietly hoping it would come closer.
I watched the coot's actions with interest, for many minutes, before I eventually took a shot.
It was quiet, it was tranquil, it was personal.
Now, that's the perfect way to relax on a Sunday morning!!!
Have a lovely day,
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Turkoglu (0) 2012-04-05 0:24
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besnard (53756) 2012-04-05 0:29
Une belle image lumineuse avec les reflets tout en zig-zag qui sont toujours attractifs. L'oiseau prend tranquillement les rayons du soleil et un plus dans la composition.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
RhodieIke (11742) 2012-04-05 0:31
Hi Bev, A super scene here you have captured so well, love the reflections,theCoot is the icing on the cake, blends in well. have a great Easter. Cheers Iain.
Nicou (123350) 2012-04-05 0:43
Merveilleus eiamge et compo superbe avec les reflets des roseaux et cet oiseau qui se cache sueprbe cpatage effet et iamge.
bravo et amitié
bayno (18342) 2012-04-05 0:45
you perfecltly crop the image, realy decisive moment you cach, the image is so sharp and no shake despite the low shuttle time, beautiful reflection and nice light and colors...vey good work...have a lovely day...
mesutilgim (85500) 2012-04-05 0:50
Hello dear Beverley,
A perfect outside capture mids't of the nature.
Even without telelens you've managed a good shot.
A good sample of what the scientist call "mimmicry" !
To get part of the surrounding and protect himself by enemies.
Very nice can calm scenery.
The viewer only need a calm music, when watching it; maybe a Lorena Mc Kennet !!!
TFS and have a nice day
tyro (20696) 2012-04-05 1:00
Good morning Bev,
Of course, if this bird had flown off without your getting a photograph, it would have been because you were one of the foolish virgins (Matthew Ch. 25: vv 1-13) who left her telephoto lens at home. Silly girl. And, anyway, you should have been at Church on a Sunday morning!
But the Almighty has obviously forgiven you and allowed you to come up with this fine picture which was well worth the wait. Of course, your standard lens is longer than most standard zooms and you have taken advantage of the full 70mm focal length.
The coot is perfectly placed in the frame and the reflections on the water's surface are beautiful. Fabulous colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.
Nice reeds/rushes too - I presume you didn't find a baby in a basket down here?
ChrisJ (99364) 2012-04-05 1:02
Fantastic symmetrical reflections of the dead reeds, with the duck providing a superb focal point at left. Good sharpness & superb colour & saturation. I like the high contrasted light & graphism. Tfs!
ciakgiak (30421) 2012-04-05 2:24
immagine oggettivamente bellissima, al di là di un soggetto carinissimo. Perfetta la composizione, belli i colori ed i riflessi sull'acqua.
Davvero pregevole la qualità dello scatto.
Un caro saluto.
timecapturer (49286) 2012-04-05 2:33
a delightful composition, full of wonderful shapes and elements that make it so attractive and effective. Wonderfully sharp and detailed and an artistic presentation.
Regards - Brian.
Sergiom (61242) 2012-04-05 5:24
Je ne connais pas ce canard. Il est bien différent de ceux qui animent nos rives au Québec.La position de celui-ci dans l'image est impeccable et dégage bien son regard.
ikeharel (58275) 2012-04-05 7:41
Good evening Beverly,
A calm, serene and relaxed moment conveyed well, with a fabulous reflection on water's.
Lucky this coot to have an environment like this for herself... lovely nature's.
bertolucci (13358) 2012-04-05 8:42
Good afternoon Bev,
Beautiful distorted reflections and good timing here! The coot is well placed in the frame and on the verge of entering the reflection zone. This adds a nicely narrative layer to the composition. And I love those coots with their large and ungainly undercarriage :-)
Have a fine Easter weekend
Didi (57264) 2012-04-05 9:06
No chance for me to get this kind of bird from a close position. In France they are very wild
Good tight composition with a very nice deep foreground.
Cricri (107360) 2012-04-05 11:32
Jolie prise du canard dans les reflets des roseaux, avec ces couleurs qui ce confond presque avec le bleu e l'eau, superbe lumière, bien vu et superbe réalisation
saxo042 (37580) 2012-04-05 12:05
The reeds and their reflections provide fine colours and pattern. The bird (in Swedish a "Soot Hen") is a very fine addition to the view!
macjake (57074) 2012-04-05 18:20
this is a scene that my Girlfriend would notice and capture well before i would - and i mean that in a complimentary way :)
she loves nature and animals :)
I'm too busy looking at buildings haha
the reflections make this one post-worthy, without them, i think alot of the visual impact and interest would be lost.
very nice shot. reminds me that spring/summer is close.
Enjoy your day
emka (80034) 2012-04-05 23:31
you were very lucky to to see this coot among the reeds. beautiful photo full of tranquility and serenity. Perfect composition, nice colours of the reeds and water.
happy Easter to you and your family
gildasjan (41628) 2012-04-06 4:03
Une belle image avec cette dominante de couleur aquatique.Les élément végétaux à l'arrière plan créent le bon équilibre des teintes.Bon cadrage de ce caanard dans cette composition.
Kielia (23711) 2012-04-06 4:51
a very picturesque and excellently composed impression of the lake. The colors are very pleasant and the light and the reflections are really beautiful. Most of all I like the fairytale like mood. My compliments also for the nice note!
dkmurphys (50032) 2012-04-06 6:44
Charming wildlife capture. I like the colors and the way you've cropped the image. Good work, have a nice weekend.
Glint (6167) 2012-04-07 3:43
This is nice Bev,
(sorry for the "nice" but sometimes it does the job!).Such a lovely blue and the reflections are super. Love the squiggle of the reeds' reflections.The coot reminds me of our courting days when we camped near Wincle in Cheshire. There were coots on a nearby pond and they are happy memories.
Sonata11 (33283) 2012-04-09 14:14
An amazingly beautiful place of nature with surroundings and impressively beautiful reflection. Fantastic management of colors, sharpness, perfect clarity, pov and dof as well. Fantastic work. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
COSTANTINO (56307) 2012-07-29 11:30
I visited your gallery and I liked this shot
tonight,excellently composed with beautiful
artistic reflections,a super scene that
you captured very well
have a nice new week
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (30305)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-03-25
- Categories: Humorous, Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-05 0:21