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    Wonderful catch of kingfisher catching a fish – behind the shot

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    The post Stunning Capture or Kingfisher Catching a Fish – Behind The Shot first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Caz Nowaczyk.

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    Do you want to know how to photograph a kingfisher that catches a fish? Then read on!

    About this wonderful Kingfisher catch that catches a fish

    Photographer: Janet Smith

    Camera settings: 80 mm focal length, auto ISO, f5.6, 1 / 1200e. Camera set for manual and continuous still photography.

    Camera equipment: Canon 5D mark IV, Canon 70-200 mm f2.8, Neweer remote trigger, Manfrotto tripod and black garbage bag as rain cover.

    Where and when was the recording made?

    Shropshire Photography hides Market Drayton near the borders of Shropshire and Staffordshire, July 6, 2019, around 3:30 PM.

    What is the background behind the recording?

    This is my bucket list recording – a recording that I thought I could never take because I couldn't afford to buy a fast lens that I was told would require with this type of recording.

    Then, almost a year ago, Brendan Van Son gave me his old Canon 70-200 mm f2.8 lens as a gift after I heard I wanted one but couldn't afford it. The lens has opened a whole new world for me. I saved and booked a shelter day at Shropshire Photography Hides which was canceled three times due to bad weather and Minks decimating the kingfisher's nest and killing all birds.

    On July 6, I finally managed to hide. The day was cloudy, drizzling and windy. I put the camera on the water level and wrapped in a black garbage bag to keep it dry. Then I set the camera to manual, f5.6, auto ISO and 1 / 1200th, set the external trigger and waited.

    It took almost six hours of waiting and shooting before I got this shot. I couldn't get the timing right and this bird was super fast. The light was also very low and the drizzle continued.

    I ended up with more misses than hits, but it was worth it. One thing I have learned is patience and determination pays off. And maybe the weather helped.

    What method or technique did you use to take the photo?

    I focused in advance on the area where the bird would probably come into the water with the camera on silent continuous shooting to minimize noise.

    Describe any post-processing, including tools and techniques used

    There was a very minimal post-processing. I did a short harvest to show more of the water movement and the bird. I also made the shadows +25 on the slider of the photoshop lighter, increased the vibrancy to +15 and the exposure to +5.

    What are your tips for others who want to take such a photo?

    My tip is to be patient, ask advice from seasoned bird photographers and observe the bird's behavior. I learned that this bird would move three steps to the left or right and bob its head down before diving. As soon as it does, I pressed the remote control and kept pushing until it was back on the branch.

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    Beautiful Capture-of-Kingfisher jumping-a-Vis-janet-smith

    The post Stunning Capture or Kingfisher Catching a Fish – Behind The Shot first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Caz Nowaczyk.

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