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Shoreline Sanctuary



A shore bird is reflected in the still waters as it wades in the shallows near San Francisco Bay, California

A shore bird is reflected in the still waters as it wades in the shallows near San Francisco Bay, California
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23 Comments | Report
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi June 19, 2015
You nailed this one. I really love the post edit, you kept the clean detail but lost the ugly water.. Very nice great job.
trainwoman PRO
 
trainwoman June 20, 2015
Beautiful photo.....love the mystery of the fog look
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer June 20, 2015
fantastic clarity - and love the reflection and fog
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold June 20, 2015
Another masterpiece so well done!!!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 June 20, 2015
Amazing shot, Hun (:
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 June 22, 2015
Amazing capture!
NanaSue54 PRO+
 
NanaSue54 June 24, 2015
AWESOME!!! :)
Flosno
 
Flosno June 27, 2015
Fantastic presentation....right down to the sparkle in his/her eye
THOMMAS
 
THOMMAS July 19, 2015
wow,superb work,you have artistic eye,very kool photo,one for the wall,
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 July 20, 2015
Voted Celebrating Nature Day
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo July 20, 2015
Another beauty!
carolyns PRO
 
carolyns August 11, 2015
Another beautiful clear image.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 August 17, 2015
congratulations on the Challenge win ... an awesome image
AHogue PRO+
 
AHogue August 22, 2015
Simply GORGEOUS!!!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 September 22, 2015
Voted Playing With Reflections
ntgreen
 
ntgreen October 18, 2015
Again ... wow!
NatureLoverJJWal PRO+
 
NatureLoverJJWal November 17, 2015
Congratulations on your award!
MickAlicic PRO
 
MickAlicic April 17, 2016
Love it! Voted in Simplify.
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 May 24, 2016
Congrats !!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt May 24, 2016
Congrats on your Win last year! Voted Rule of Thirds in Nature!
Stella33i PRO+
 
Stella33i May 25, 2016
Awesome!
jeffgauthier
 
jeffgauthier September 03, 2016
Simply superb capture!! I really like this one!
Pjerry PRO
 
Pjerry May 09, 2020
You should have won Nina (alone in the water). A brilliant capture.

Behind The Lens

Location
The very southern end of San Francisco Bay is a marshy wetland area that is also a dedicated bird sanctuary. Shore birds can often be found wading in the shallows.
Time
This photo was taken in the early afternoon on a warm, late January day. We were lucky that there was no breeze so the water was absolutely still, creating this beautiful reflection of the bird.
Lighting
Usually shooting photos in mid day is not the best time as the lighting can be harsh. But in this case it worked to help create the almost mirror-like reflection.
Equipment
At the time this photo was taken I was using a Nikon D2X camera with a Nikkor 80-200mm zoom lens.
Inspiration
Since we live close to this area, we decided to go and see what we could find and shoot a few photos. We were pleasantly surprised that there were birds wading in the still waters creating these wonderful reflections. We needed no other inspiration than that!
Editing
Since these wetlands are very shallow they also tend to be very muddy...so even though very reflective, the water wasn't particularly colorful and did nothing to enhance the bird. I used a little creative license and layered a background texture behind the bird and blended it into the ripple and its reflection to create this misty, almost surreal scene.
In my camera bag
Since taking this photo I have upgraded to a Nikon D750 full frame camera with a Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens. My additional lens is a Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 zoom. I always have 2 64gb memory cards in my camera with a 32gb spare in the bag. Additionally, I always carry a spare battery, UV and polarizing filters for both lenses, a Tiffen ND filter, a lightweight carbon fiber tripod, a battery charger and lens cleaner and cloths.
Feedback
Usually the best time of day to capture a scene with still water is in the morning. Of course it always helps to have no wind! If trying to photograph birds, it's essential to have a good zoom lens and a lot of patience!

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