Making Of #8 – “Illusion”

December 8, 2013

Today the making of shows me standing next to an Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) rookery. As you can see in the background the sun was setting and a wall of clouds created a fantastic light situation.

I actually took two separate and very different images that evening. This first one is more of a “normal” silhouette shot, whereas the second one is a special shot, I have never managed to replicated, even though I tried hard. On that day I noticed that the ibises would create a shadow of their own head onto their wings, when they fly in from a certain direction. I focused on this and managed to get one image that showed exactly what I wanted. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I saw the image on the back of the camera 🙂

Key for success is a fast shutter speed and well exposed imaged. Even though your are shooting silhouettes, you don’t want them to be too dark.




1D Mark IV

600 L IS

ISO 800

F 6.3








When you have a very close look you can see the beak of the bird peaking through the wings! The head is nowhere near where our eyes wants us make to believe! In reality the head is just behind the top of the wing, but the sun is coming from the upper left and hence projects the shadow much lower onto the wing.





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