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Dimensions1800 x 1030
Original file size1.32 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken25-Feb-16 12:10
Date modified25-Feb-16 12:35
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D4
Focal length850 mm
Focal length (35mm)850 mm
Max lens aperturef/6.7
Exposure1/2500 at f/16
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias-1 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 1250
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

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Spring is in the air and this pair of Great Crested Grebes certainly felt the approaching breeding season to give James Gibbs a wonderful weed-display, an opportunity that was gratefully accepted.
This is a familiar and quite common sight on lakes, reservoirs and ponds but it is notoriously difficult to capture well, and plenty has to happen for "the" shot. James has got everything in his image; the light, water colour, proximity and positioning of the birds who are facing each other, plus each is carrying a nice clump of weed rather than some old dead brown stuff!
Using a 500mm lens with a 1.7× converter, the ISO was set to 1250 to allow a fast shutter speed of 1/2500th second to be used, plus an aperture of f16 to ensure depth of field on both birds so they would both be in focus no matter which way they turned.
Congratulations to James on his POTW; eight different winners so far this year and two months have just slipped by.