Sparrow Taking Flight Over Reflected Trees
At first glance, you might think this is just a photo of a bird against some blurred out trees. However, this image actually started out flipped vertically (trees upside down).
What you're looking at is a reflection of some trees on the surface of a still pond. The sparrow on the other hand, isn't being reflected. It was actually flying between me and the water.
Confused yet? :) So here's how it went down...
I was on a bridge, looking over this peaceful pond. I found a grouping of trees along the waters edge that were creating an interesting reflection. I took a few shots and liked what I captured, but it was missing something. As I stood there thinking, I could hear a huge flock of sparrows hanging out on the bridge beneath me.
I picked up some gravel and gently threw it against the bridge to make some noise and stir up the birds (no animals were harmed). Immediately, 50 to 100 sparrows began circling underneath the bridge and around the pond.
I enabled continuous/burst mode and began rapid firing my original composition hoping to capture some of the birds in the frame. I went through 200 shots in a matter of a couple minutes and no luck. The reason it was so hard...I was zoomed in to 300mm. The field of view was so cropped (small) that the sparrows would fly through the frame in a matter of milliseconds.
I only had about 30 frames left on my memory card and figured it would take too long to go back and delete all of the misfires. The sun was quickly fading, so I knew I only had one more "shot" at this.
I stirred up the birds again and began firing. I quickly chewed up the remaining 30 frames and crossed my fingers as I played back the images. Luck would have it that with my very last frame, I captured this beautiful sparrow in flight...as if it had just sprung off one of the reflected tree limbs to set out on an epic journey.
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