Riding the waves

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Heather Mellon

A great example of how lighting conditions impact water here. It works really well in this photo though, bringing out the best features of the loon and giving the viewer a real sense of being there in the moment too. Well seen and captured, Debra.

Debra Plett

Thanks for your comments Heather. After taking a few pictures and reviewing them in camera I checked my camera settings as I thought something was wrong. I played with a few different settings but ultimately the water still looked colourless. It was nice though to watch the loon fish for a while.


Good shot hard to do hear never find one good detaling

Debra Plett

Thank you Jeff

Harold Fleming

Very close to a black and white shot, Debra! The spots on the loon stand out well. The roughness of the water also contrasts well with the calmness of the loon.

Debra Plett

Yes I thought it was very close to b & w as well. When first looking at the image I converted it to b & w. The loon looked really striking but the water looked better with a hint of colour. Thanks for feedback Harold.

Yves Langlois

Nice shot at the loon Debra. Like the kind of black and white effect. Bird is well detailed. I see some but they never come close enough. Well done.

Debra Plett

Thanks Yves, yes very very close to b & w. It was a dreary day with only the odd moment of sun. There is usually a couple of loons come into the bay later in the afternoon looking for fish.

This Common Loon was riding the waves and diving for fish. I was hoping to catch a picture of the loon with a fish in his mouth but he either swallowed the fish while under the water or wasn't having much luck catching the fish.
Taken By
Debra Plett
Taken On
September 7, 2021
common loon dogtooth lake ontario bird animal waterfowl
  • Focal: 400
  • Lens Model: Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II (SAL70400G2)
  • Shutter speed: 0.000625 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 9

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