Six years, 4,200 hours and 720,000 photos later, wildlife photographer finally gets his shot

Billy Soden
By Billy Soden
March 14, 2017Stories

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After 6 years of trying to capture the perfect photo of a kingfisher diving into water with no splash, Alan McFadyen finally got his shot. “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,” said McFayden. He calculated that he has invested 4,200 hours and 720,000 photos to finally get that shot! McFayden has been an ardent wildlife photographer since 2009. “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 realize just how much work I have done to get it,” he added.

McFadyen, who owns a wildlife photography business, credits his grandfather for his inspiration and love of the outdoors. “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,” McFadyen said.

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