Photograph by Danny Brown, DannyBrownPhotography.com
Location: Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, West Alton, Missouri
Date: November, 14, 2010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Focal Length: 500mm
Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec
Note: Danny Brown captured this image at sunrise as the Mississippi River wetland reflected the rising sun on the surrounding prairie. His 500mm lens was lashed to his camouflaged kayak as he waited for the trumpeter swans (wiki link) in a copse of willows (upright willow trees). The lighting in this photo is absolutely beautiful with the amount of orange tones reflecting off the swans from the sunrise. The misty background adds a nice backdrop to the capture and lets your focus on the swans. Excellent moment!
Tip: Shooting from a kayak can produce frequent shakes and unsteadiness from the water. Danny shot this photo with a tripod to reduce the amount of unintentional movement and produce a clear photo. He shot at 1/400 of a second shutter speed (wiki link) to also freeze the swans in action. An aperture of f/4 allowed for a nice depth of field and lets the swans become the true focal point of the photo.