Bathing duck

BLACK AND WHITE

This Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) displayed by scooting sideways in a great bank of spray. Wild animals rarely repeat an action, allowing a photographer to fine-tune camera settings, but here the routine was repeated six times, giving me time to find the shutter speed that produced the right balance of sharpness and blur. 

Brisbane Botanical Gardens, Queensland

Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 IS USM lens + Canon EF 1.4 extender, 1/60, f25, ISO 100; Manfrotto tripod with Wimberley Head; manual mode underexposing 2 stops

by Raoul Slater, Queensland