RobinV
RobinV

Water, centre of life



A thirsty Great Tit comes to the pool for some refreshment creating a copy of itself in the cool water.

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A thirsty Great Tit comes to the pool for some refreshment creating a copy of itself in the cool water.

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Contest Finalist in Playing With Reflections Photo Contest
Peer Award
Superb Composition
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Absolute Masterpiece
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Top Choice
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Magnificent Capture
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Outstanding Creativity
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Superior Skill
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Genius
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All About Water Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Anything Reflections Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything Reflections Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Water Photo Contest 2017Top 10 class
Water Photo Contest 2017Top 10 class week 1
We Love Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class
We Love Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 class
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 class week 3
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 class week 2
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 class week 1
Playing With Symmetry Photo ContestTop 20 class
Playing With Reflections Photo ContestTop 10 class
Playing With Reflections Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Playing With Reflections Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1

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19 Comments | Report
terryc PRO+
 
terryc May 01, 2015
Beautiful work!
RobinV
RobinV May 01, 2015
Thank you for your kind words
clindaro
 
clindaro May 25, 2015
Top composition
RobinV
RobinV May 26, 2015
Much appreciated, thank you.
Cbries PRO+
 
Cbries July 13, 2015
Beautiful work!
RobinV
RobinV July 23, 2015
Thank you for your nice comment
LindaT
 
LindaT August 17, 2015
Love the image! The reflection and capturing the moment are priceless!
RobinV
RobinV August 17, 2015
Hey Linda, glad you like it, thanks for taking the time to post a comment
rhondaflynn
 
rhondaflynn September 11, 2015
This is one of the best photos I've ever seen!
RobinV
RobinV September 12, 2015
Thank you Rhonda, glad you like it.
natashawheatley
 
natashawheatley September 13, 2015
Such a amazing shot
RobinV
RobinV September 14, 2015
Your comment is much appreciated, Natasha.
Sandil22 PRO
 
Sandil22 October 17, 2015
This is a winner in my opinion!!!
RobinV
RobinV October 19, 2015
Thank you for your kind words, much appreciated.
Pauline72
 
Pauline72 October 21, 2015
Amazing shot.
RobinV
RobinV October 21, 2015
Thank you kindly for leaving a comment.
alexjevon
 
alexjevon October 22, 2015
This is amazing! How did you get so near. Is it a remote trigger?
RobinV
RobinV October 23, 2015
Thank you , the picture was taken from a hide a about 4 meters from the bird with a crop camera and a 400mm lens.
tiinastead
 
tiinastead October 26, 2015
Lovely photo!
RobinV
RobinV October 26, 2015
thanks!
sydneyosbourne
 
sydneyosbourne November 03, 2015
Kudos!
RobinV
RobinV November 03, 2015
Thank you very much.
techybert
 
techybert November 04, 2015
Great picture!
RobinV
RobinV November 05, 2015
Much appreciated, techybert.
ntgreen PRO+
 
ntgreen November 24, 2015
Amazing! Truly beautiful image!!!
RobinV
RobinV November 25, 2015
Thank you for your kind words.
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis May 26, 2016
Love the reflection..tack sharp shot:-)
RobinV
RobinV May 27, 2016
Thank you very much
laurenkaymyers Premium
 
laurenkaymyers August 21, 2016
This is a fantastic shot.
RobinV
RobinV August 25, 2016
Sometimes you need a little help from Mother Nature.
vojce PRO+
 
vojce February 21, 2017
WOW superb
RobinV
RobinV February 21, 2017
Thank you , glad you like it.
mihrt
 
mihrt April 19, 2017
congrats on awards.......fabulous capture and reflections!
RobinV
RobinV April 20, 2017
Sometimes everything just comes together, it is a matter of luck and a lot of patience.
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose October 07, 2018
Outstanding!
RobinV
RobinV October 07, 2018
Glad you like it, thanks.
TravisMiddleton PRO+
 
TravisMiddleton December 13, 2018
Nice reflection 💯

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken from a bird hide in the Netherlands. It was the first time I visited a bird hide. It was the start of a whole new experience to me.
Time
The photo was taken around 10:30 am. We had to wake up at 5:00 am because it was a long drive to the hide. When we arrived there was already lots of activity from the birds in the wood.
Lighting
It was early spring and the light wasn't too harsh so details in both light and dark parts of the photo are well visible.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon 7d and Canon EF 400mm f5,6L USM, a great combination because of the sharpness of this lens. It's called "the poor man's tele" but it is a great piece of kit.
Inspiration
Before I visited a forest hide I was walking around with my gear trying to capture birds in their habitat. I was never really pleased with the results. Photographing from a hide took my photos to another level. The birds are more at ease as they can't see you and you have more time to observe them quietly and to anticipate where they will be landing in order to get the right composition.
Editing
First I always do the normal postpropressing of a raw picture in LightRoom to correct whitebalance, contrast, highlights, shadows etc. Then I import the picture in one of Nik's add ons to further posprocess sharpness, colors and noise. Before I used LightRoom and Nik software all of my pictures were rather dull and colorless.
In my camera bag
Most of my photos are bird pictures so I always used my Canon 7d and Canon 400mm lens. They now are used as backup gear, nowadays I use a Canon 7d mark II and and a Canon 100-400mm IS II USM because of it's flexibility. Also with the 7d mark II it is easier to remove noise in the photos and it has silent mode. A Canon 1,4 extender is also in my bag for when I need some extra mm's.
Feedback
I was extremely lucky when I took this picture that the bird decided to have a drink on that particular spot so I had both the mirror effect and the fact that everything in this picture leads the viewer to the centre. So when taking bird pictures you have to be very patient, sitting still for hours and don't react too fast, let the bird get at ease. Observe the behaviour and learn about the subject you are watching. You may need a bit of luck, being on the right place at the right moment, but the awareness that you never know what's coming keeps you alert to take that one picture that stands out. Good luck!

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