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iriswaanders

red necked phalarope



Westfjords, Iceland

Westfjords, Iceland
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8 Comments | Report
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots September 02, 2015
Awesome capture! Awarded.
mdriley00 PRO+
 
mdriley00 September 02, 2015
A nice composition
nina050 PRO
 
nina050 September 24, 2015
Superb!!! Congrats!
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SusiStroud September 29, 2015
Fantastic capture - Congratulations!!!
dominicmackenzie
 
dominicmackenzie October 16, 2015
Outstanding- so beautiful
edj41 PRO+
 
edj41 June 15, 2016
Exceptional capture! Love the sensitivity and beauty that you captured. Truly outstanding work!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq May 12, 2017
Just gorgeous! Wonderful colors and reflections!
ndejong
 
ndejong May 12, 2018
amazing!

Behind The Lens

Location
At the Westfjords (Iceland). We were on a trip round the island and we very much loved the remote Westfjords where we found a little pool with serveral phalaropes in it.
Time
19:00 at the end of May. We just came back from our daytrip when I saw these small birds circling in the pool. That's the way they catch their food, by forming a small whirlpool which raises food from the bottom.
Lighting
At the end of May there is almost always light at Iceland, but it is not that hard.
Equipment
The image was shoot by hand, lying on the ground with a bean bag with my Nikon D800 with the Nikkor 400mm 2.8, no flash, no filter
Inspiration
The beautiful colours of this bird and the fact it can only be found(breeding) in the most Northern parts of the world.
Editing
I used Nik Software for a bit of extra sharpness and color saturation. I also cropped the image for about 50%.
In my camera bag
A Nikon D800, the 14-24 mm, 105 mm macro, 70-200 mm and the 2x extender all by Nikkor. In special occasions or holidays I take the heavy 400 mm with me. Apart from that sometimes I use a Gitzo tripod or a Manfrotto mono pod, or a bean bag. For my 14-24 lens I've got the LEE SW 150 filter system with some ND-filters and the big stopper.
Feedback
Make sure you approach your subject carefully not to scare it away. Once you've found the right position look at their behaviour en try to be at the same level of height. In this way the image gives more connection with the world of the bird.

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