Last summer I challenged myself to get a good photo of a kingfisher that passed by the RV many times every day.
In years past the kingfisher has always eluded me as it wizzes by at record speed, coming to a sudden halt and hovering for quick second (never long enough to find it in my frame), then doing a high-speed dive into the water. It took hundreds of tries, but eventually I succeeded.
I’ll share my secret. I got ready when I heard it coming! I discovered that I could often hear the kingfisher as it approached giving me enough time to get in front of my camera and point it in the general direction I thought it would go.
Now that I have the kingfisher shot, I decided to make a digital art piece out of a progression of images I made at continuous high shutter speed.
In this video I take you through my entire editing process from putting the three kingfisher images together, extracting them from the background, then combining textures and brush strokes to make the final piece. I used all of my own textures and brush sets!