MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady

Anhinga



These birds are pretty common in Tampa, and they're apparently easily approached if you're careful. I see this same bird almost every day sunning himself after...
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These birds are pretty common in Tampa, and they're apparently easily approached if you're careful. I see this same bird almost every day sunning himself after his daily hunt in a local lake. He's pretty patient and tolerant of me. I have quite a few photos of him, but I felt like this angle was the most unique and interesting.
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fionawilsonherbert
 
fionawilsonherbert August 23, 2014
wow awesome shot x
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 November 17, 2014
Fantastic capture! Great clarity!
iamtherie PRO
 
iamtherie December 18, 2014
Nice shot!!
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AlanJakarta April 24, 2015
Terrific shot. Congratulations on being Featured.
Remraf
 
Remraf April 24, 2015
Great shot!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady April 24, 2015
I NEVER shoot on auto, but this one was shot in my truck, window down, camera on auto, really on the fly and unplanned.
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman April 24, 2015
Unique and beautiful. Congrats on being featured.
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady April 24, 2015
Thank you Chuck, I thought he was going to bolt as soon as I started shooting but he never even got spooked.
melda PRO
 
melda April 24, 2015
What a capture!!!! Congrats on your feature!!!!!! Stunning photo!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady April 24, 2015
Thank you so much!
thomaszakowski
 
thomaszakowski April 24, 2015
awesome capture, congrats
catini
 
catini April 24, 2015
Great sharpness, congrats on your feature!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq April 24, 2015
Wow! Awesome shot! Congrats on being featured!
wesleyoosthuizen
 
wesleyoosthuizen April 24, 2015
Fantastic image!
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KayBrewer June 10, 2015
Fabulous shot!
Congratulations..Finalist in Feathers!
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vjs1963 June 11, 2015
love this picture
kristyp
 
kristyp June 18, 2015
Wow...amazing shot! Congrats!
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jackos67 June 20, 2015
Great composition and texture in this capture.
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Bazz June 30, 2015
Fabulous capture!
slallen
 
slallen July 02, 2015
What a beautiful display and so well captured. Congratulations on your win!
annetteringhoffcrivellaro
 
Goregous
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer July 03, 2015
HOO RAY, Mike! You're a winner (tho you always have been), but this time you got a fine prize. So happy for you! A bride.
jerseyongreen
 
jerseyongreen July 04, 2015
I love the texture - so tactile
the_dash007
 
the_dash007 July 04, 2015
Amazing click !!!!
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset July 05, 2015
How interesting and curious is that! Looks like 2 birds in one. Wow what a great capture. Congrats!!
Dmullanephotography
 
Dmullanephotography July 05, 2015
great capture!
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cunanephotography August 20, 2015
Absolutely stunning
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samdebam August 21, 2015
Wow....beautiful capture....great job!
ronnispencer
 
ronnispencer August 25, 2015
What a beautiful shot. Well done to you
marnie333
 
marnie333 September 18, 2015
Stellar shot!
lyoung403b PRO
 
lyoung403b January 24, 2016
Beautiful
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 March 09, 2017
Stunning shot of an anhinga! Really shows their ability to twist their necks. Congratulations on being a finalist.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in St. Petersburg, Florida. There are many random lakes around the area, in this particular bird was sunning himself beside one.
Time
This was taken at approximately 3:15 PM, on my way home from work. I keep my camera handy at all times in case of situations like this.
Lighting
Being 3:15 in the afternoon, the sun was relatively high and it was a bright and sunny day.
Equipment
This shot was actually taken handheld on auto. I don't normally take photos on auto, but this particular situation was different in that I was in my vehicle at the time, and I was trying to get as quick a shot as I could. I shoot a Nikon D3200, with a sigma 18–250 zoom lens. I keep a variety of other things in my bag like macro rings, filters, flash, a prime lens and a good tripod, but I'm really not a gear hog. I only use accessories when I have to.
Inspiration
As I was driving home from work, I saw this bird beside the lake and actually pulled over. I got out my camera, quickly set it to auto, rolled down the passenger side window, and reversed so I was alongside him. I fully expected him to fly away, but he just looked around and didn't seem too afraid. I got a series of shots including this one with him looking directly at me.
Editing
I did some standard curves post processing and a little cropping, but other than that this shot is essentially untouched.
In my camera bag
I typically carry a Nikon D3200 body, Sigma 18–250 lens, and a few other accessories but I try to keep it simple. For me, the creative process and spontaneous nature of photography is crushed by constantly messing with your gear. Your camera should be like an extension of you. Don't overcomplicate things when you don't have to. Does my 18-250 lens have distortion and vignette? Yes, but Photoshop fixes that with a click.
Feedback
My advice is to keep your eyes peeled and always be aware of your surroundings. Put yourself in a position to capture something special. You never know when you're going to stumble across something unique.

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