Photographer finally takes perfect shot of kingfisher after 720,000 attempts

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Alan McFadyen, who has been an avid wildlife photographer since 2009, just captured a photo that he has spent 6 years trying to get. By his count, it took him 4,200 hours and 720,000 photos to get a perfect shot of a diving straight into the water without a single 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,” McFadyen told The Herald Scotland.

“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 realise just how much work I have done to get it.”

McFadyen, who also runs a hide business, was inspired to love nature and wildlife by his grandfather. “I remember my grandfather taking me to see the kingfisher nest and I just remember being completely blown away by how magnificent the birds are. So when I took up photography I returned to this same spot to photograph the kingfishers.”

It took Alan McFadyen 6 years, 4,200 hours and 720,000 photos to get this shot: © Alan McFadyen

“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” – Photo © Alan McFayden
“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” – Photo © Alan McFayden
Photo © Alan McFayden

“I remember my grandfather taking me to see the kingfisher nest and I just remember being completely blown away by how magnificent the birds are”

Photo © Alan McFayden

“I’m sure my grandfather would have loved it, I just wish he could have seen it. All of my family contacted me when they saw it and said he would have been so proud of it”

Photo © Alan McFayden
Photo © Alan McFayden

This article was first published by Boredpanda.com on 24 Nov 2015.

 

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Julie Smith Freed

so awesome!

Kathy Mulry

Awesome pictures! Could not pick a favorite at first, but I came up with a tie and those were the one when he was diving and the other is with the full wing spread. Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures!

Alan McFadyen

Thank you for the kind comments 🙂

Loretta Sullivan

Thank you for sharing!! This is amazing!

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Beautiful!

Irene Koh

Congratulations Alan. Really fantastic with all the true patient to capture such
beautiful picture.

Irene Koh

Congratulations Alan. Really fantastic with all the true patient to capture such
beautiful picture.

Irene Koh

Congratulations Alan. Really fantastic with all the true patient to capture such
beautiful picture.

Irene Bean

Lovely photos, and a nice story

Claudette James Snitiker

Thank you……………

Claudette James Snitiker

Thank you……………

Anda V Zevedei

congrats Allan ^_^

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Wonderful, one in a million.

Leigh Lofgren

stunning photo and photos – and most people don't realize the work and hours spent in getting that shot. You are a marvel of persistence and patience and truly an outstanding and stunning achievement. Congratulatons.

Evelyn Juhl

Fantastic!

Maria Manuela Lopes

Congratulations

Joan Herewini

beautiful awesome pics!!!!….

Pete Roberts

Fantastic work Alan and true dedication – you deserve all the accolades coming your way !