Kingfisher Dive

Photo credit: Alan McFadyen | Scottish Photography Hides

Photographer Alan McFadyen has spent the past 6-years trying to capture the photo you see above. In all, it took 4,200-hours and 720,000 photos to get a perfectly symmetrical shot of a kingfisher diving straight into the water without a splash. “The photo I was going for of the perfect dive, flawlessly straight, with no splash required not only me to be in the right place and get a very lucky shot but also for the bird itself to get it perfect. I would often go and take 600 pictures in a session and not a single one of them be any good. But now I look back on the thousands and thousands of photos I have taken to get this one image, it makes me realize just how much work I have done to get it,” McFadyen told The Herald Scotland. Continue reading for more pictures.

Kingfisher Dive
Kingfisher Dive
Kingfisher Dive
Kingfisher Dive
Kingfisher Dive

“I would often go and take 600 pictures in a session and not a single one of them be any good. I never really stopped to think about how long it was taking along the way as I enjoyed doing it but now I look back on it I’m really proud of the picture and the work I put in,” adds McFadyen.