Symmetry by Diana Rebman
© 2014 Diana Rebman
      Juror's Comment

      From Scott Atkinson:

      "This is so nicely captured that it’s almost hard at first to believe it’s a photograph. Most graphic, of course, are the pure, soaring white wings set off by a pale, ethereal sky. But what’s incredible to me is the sense of poised, hanging balance. Think it’s easy to line up a moving target perfectly straight on? Try it! There might be a little serendipity at work, here, too—but what lets that happen is the patience and thought with which the photographer was pursuing this image in the first place."

  • Artist Statement

    "Wildlife photography is my passion. I photograph local birds on most mornings before work. This particular week I spent an hour each morning photographing Forster’s terns fishing. Every night I would look at the images and decide what changes to make the following day. The terns move extremely fast but then stop and hover momentarily before diving head first into the water. I wanted to capture the tern hovering, with wings and tail feathers spread wide. When I reviewed this days shoot, I had finally captured the image I envisioned. This Forster’s tern was looking directly down at the fish in the lake. The resulting form is almost perfectly symmetrical."

    Nikon D4, Nikkor 300 f2.8 lens with 1.7 teleconverter, on a tripod with Mongoose head
    ISO 800, f5.6, 1/8000 sec, -0.3 exp compensation