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After 6 Years And 720,000 Attempts, Photographer Finally Takes Perfect Shot Of Kingfisher

Imagine trying to do something for six years and attempting it 720,000 attempts.

Photographer Alan McFadyen actually did that for this single great shot of a kingfisher diving straight into the water without a single splash:

4,200 hours; 720,000 photos; 6 years. That’s what Alan said it took him:

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. 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 realise just how much work I have done to get it.

According to Alan, “the photo [he] was going for of the prefect dive, flawlessly straight, with no splash required not only [him] to be in the right place and get a very lucky shot but also for the bird itself to get it perfect.”

Here is the photographs in sequence:

For Alan, he never stopped to think about how long it was taking because, quite frankly, he loves it ever since he was a child:

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. I’m sure my  grandfather would have loved it. I just wish he could have seen it. All of my family contacted me when they saw it and said he would have been so proud.

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