03 The Silly Sea­son

Wayne Kliewer

NPhoto - - Photographer of the Year 2016 -

From spring light to spring be­hav­iour. As the pho­tog­ra­pher ex­plains, spring is a time for growth, breed­ing and rais­ing young, and all this ac­tiv­ity causes con­flict: in this case, a mock­ing­bird de­fend­ing its nest against a Har­ris hawk that has strayed into its ter­ri­tory. In this bril­liantly ob­served and per­fectly ex­e­cuted im­age, the back­ground is clean and clut­ter-free, the square crop re­sults in a beau­ti­fully bal­anced com­po­si­tion, and there’s just a hint of move­ment in the mock­ing­bird’s wings and tail feath­ers. Su­perb. Nikon D810, 500mm f/4, 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO1000

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