Motion Blur #2: Photographing American Avocets in Flight

I live hundreds of miles inland from the Pacific, but late in August, Flagstaff was visited by a flock of American Avocets. As you saw in my first Motion Blur post, the technique produces some cool effects. (By the way, like yesterday’s post, this shot was taken at the Old Walnut Canyon Road Ponds. I cannot overstress the importance of such riparian habitate in arid areas like Arizona, even here in Flagstaff at 7000′ in elevation.)

My primary photography coach calls this photograph “surreal.” To me, part of what makes this particular photo “surreal” is not the blur, but the apparent bleeding through of the blue of the sky. Avocets should not be blue!

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