Congratulations to Stan Bysshe for winning the Wildlife In Motion Assignment!
“The “Bosque Sunrise” image was taken in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Rescue in New Mexico this past December,” said Bysshe. “At the wildlife refuge there are several ‘crane pools’ where sandhill cranes will spend the night. Arriving at the pool at sunrise, the first thing I noticed was the color reflecting off the frozen water. The cranes will take off into the wind and will lean into liftoff so you can anticipate when they’ll start flying. I wanted to capture the flight shot over the colored ice using the winter brown brush behind the pool as a background, and I wanted to take advantage of the low light to try and create a pan blur. I positioned my tripod down the flyway from a group of cranes and at a level to include the ice. From that point it was a matter of tracking the birds as they took off and playing with shutter speeds. For about 15 to 20 minutes the ice held the sunrise color reflection, changing eventually to blue. I was able to get multiple images, but only a few with the head of the sandhill crane in focus.”
See more of Stan Bysshe’s work at sbysshe.smugmug.com.