Bird Photo Competition 3 2012 : Entry Number 330

Judges Comment

A good illustration of how the 'motion blur' technique can be used to create elegant, artistic images.

Photographers Comment

I came upon this bird bathing in a large puddle just after a downpour from a recent tropical storm. When he took to flight, I panned with him using a fairly slow shutter. Honestly, I thought I missed the shot, but when I got it home on the computer I was pleased with the somewhat surreal, painting quality of the photo. I used my Nikon D700 with Nikkor 24-70/2.8 lens, at F/16, 1/20 sec, ISO 200. Cropped in Capture NX2. Thank you for your affirmation of my work. Kimberly Herold, Navarre, FL