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Mom and baby black-necked Stilts in Gilbert, Arizona at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. Winner Az game and fish calendar contest 2014...
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Mom and baby black-necked Stilts in Gilbert, Arizona at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. Winner Az game and fish calendar contest 2014
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28 Comments |
Pwbphotography
 
Pwbphotography September 14, 2013
Beautiful shot, I love the reflection. One of these turned up in the uk a few weeks back (lost I assume) everyone just went crazy for a few days. Lovely
patrick9x9
 
patrick9x9 September 14, 2013
Amazing shot
Flosno
 
Flosno September 16, 2013
Stunning capture....congrats
brookesimpson
 
brookesimpson September 19, 2013
Amazing shot! It is beautiful!
Jon--Hall
 
Jon--Hall September 30, 2013
What an amazing shot, well done! :D
tlotter
 
tlotter October 02, 2013
Fantastic image,well done
melodyesweetin PRO+
 
melodyesweetin December 03, 2013
Wonderful !!!! Had to add this to my "Favorites" gallery which is where I go for inspirations :)
GBloniarz
 
GBloniarz January 10, 2014
Profoundly remarkable!
malread Platinum
 
malread January 23, 2014
What a beautiful capture, fantastic reflection, wonderful colour!
jyoung
 
jyoung May 19, 2014
I love love love this photo.
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 May 19, 2014
All I can say is ...LOVE LOVE LOVE this! :)
THOMMAS
 
THOMMAS August 12, 2014
wow,superb capture,nice work,kool,good luck
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita August 14, 2014
superb!
susanneradke PRO
 
susanneradke December 18, 2014
A wonderful shot - congratulationes!
Fauxtographer
 
Fauxtographer January 05, 2015
Congratulations! Stunning!
Stretton
 
Stretton January 05, 2015
Very nice, it's got the cute factor x 10
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots January 10, 2015
Great shot! Congrats.
sharischultzmccollough
 
sharischultzmccollough January 11, 2015
I love this!!!!
valeriemurchie-stolpe
 
valeriemurchie-stolpe May 02, 2015
Wonderful!
Mirza_Cengic Platinum
 
Mirza_Cengic October 26, 2015
Gorgeous capture!!!
ReneeBlake
 
ReneeBlake January 26, 2016
Love this ! Congrats !
patrick9x9
 
patrick9x9 February 05, 2016
Congrats Ruth, awesome shot
VHiggins
 
VHiggins February 06, 2016
stunning, Ruth! congratulations!
Aj2015
 
Aj2015 February 09, 2016
great picture, love it. i think i also saw this on the yourshot natgeo blog.
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal March 12, 2016
I love this, extremely unique. Congratulations on your award!
pietnel
 
pietnel June 30, 2016
Wow fantastic captured fabulous image well done
Hood PRO+
 
Hood May 07, 2022
Stunning
MaluNewton
 
MaluNewton July 07, 2022
So cute
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Behind The Lens

Location

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert,Arizona.

Time

Black-Necked Stilts nest in Gilbert,Arizona in the summer.This is however,the time of the year that is the hottest and the temps. start to climb as well as the light starts to get harsh pretty early.I left my home at 0400 this shot was taken at 0544.

Lighting

I was torn about using 8.0 or 7.1 when I saw these beautiful chicks and their Mom.I wanted the depth of field without blowing the whites on the birds.I made a split second decision to use 7.1 and drop my ISO from 400 to 320 due to the gorgeous morning light.

Equipment

Canon EOS 40D tripod and ball head 500mm lens no flash.

Inspiration

For years I had seen my boyfriends and other photographers shot of these adorable chicks.I wanted one for my self.I wanted to be able to show that a very common bird here in Arizona (Black-necked Stilts) have amazing young and to capture what I felt was a bond between them.

Editing

I like to post-process as least as I can.This image is what I consider a shining example of that.All that is done is sharpen,and a bit of contrast and brightness adjustment.

In my camera bag

My camera bag has grown over the years! My go-to combo now is Canon EOS 7d and 100-400mm lens.

Feedback

Early morning light.There is no way I would have captured this image in the Summer in Arizona in the afternoon sun.Try different angles and perspectives.For this shot I am laying on my stomach on the ground.When you take an image and you feel that it is your best,treat it as such.This is the image I have had published on calendar covers, and gained exposure and notoriety with I am proud of it,I feel like I will forever be linked to this image.Looking back years later,I still know that it is one of my best.I also know that looking back there is nothing I would do to change that or how I took this image.I saw some Mom and baby Black-Necked Stilt laid on the ground an waited for them to get close enough,opted for 7.1 instead of 8.0 and the rest is history!

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