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©2012 Cindy Bryant | Equipment: Nikon D7000 and Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 OS HSM lens, hand held. Subject bird: Black bellied Whistling Duck, captured at Viera Wetlands, Viera, FL Settings for this image: ISO 1600, f8, 1/1600 sec at 500mm range.

This week’s Fan Photo of the week was taken by photographer Cindy Bryant using Sigma’s 150-500mm F5-6.3. Here’s her story:

I spent a recent Saturday morning with a few local wildlife photographers and mentor over at Viera Wetlands in Viera, FL.  The action was none existent on this morning, in fact, everyone was laughing at one point because there were about 8 photographers with huge lenses just waiting for any bird to move.  After much disappointment, my husband Matt and I decided to stroll a little further into the woods and came across a set of Black bellied whistling ducks that were just relaxing by the grass.  I immediately dropped to the ground and noticed the beautiful backdrop I would get in the frame with duck standing in the tall grasses and captured this shot as a result.  I just love the simplicity, colors and smile on the subject’s face, along with the close call of a 90 degree pose.

My style of photography is one that I describe as cheerfully bright, but filled with simplicity targeting special details and poses to display the subjects everyday normal in a interesting artsy form. I look for candid everyday moments that most people miss, yet when they see it in a portrait they’re happily surprised.

To see more of Cindy’s work, check out her Facebook and Flickr page!

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  1. Very well said. You definately have a way of capturing those hidden moments that happen within a blink of an eye. So proud of you.

  2. Hi Cindy…. This is an “easy on the eye” type of capture. I like the fact that you got down to its level, which is a handy attitude to adopt and I also like that you have left some negative space infront of it to create movement. This image is well-seen and well captured with good use of this fine lens. Congrats.
    With the quality of this image, I might have considered a much tighter crop…. removing much of the uninteresting sky…. but that is personal preference (smiles)

  3. Hi Grayham,

    Thanks so much for the kind words and valuable tips! I’ll note that for the next time.
    I can see what you mean by the tighter crop, maybe I’ll try it with another image similar to this one–I have so many. That said, I do like the sky even though there’s not much of a cloud formation, however, in my opinion it helps to set the tone for a more natural look. And smiles right back at ya! 🙂
    Warm wishes,