Motivational Moments Assignment Winner Christopher Baker

Congratulations to Christopher Baker for winning the recent Motivational Moments Assignment with the image, “Coming Up Empty.” See more of Baker’s work at

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Winner: "Coming Up Empty" By Christopher Baker


“I stalked this heron for over 30 minutes, waiting patiently while it was fishing in the marsh,” explains Baker. “When it finally plunged its head into the water, I was hoping for a large catch in its beak. Needless to say, it was disappointing when it came up empty. Fortunately for me, I had captured a series of photos of the action and was pleasantly surprised to find this image where the early morning sun provided a perfect backlight for the scene highlighting the red feathers and the droplets of water.”

Nikon D500, Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 PF. Exposure: 1/1600 sec., f/5.6, ISO 220.