Andrew's goal was to create a picture that would give something of the feeling of being at a gannet colony at the height of the breeding season - one of the great spectacles that the UK has to offer. Hermaness National Nature Reserve in the Shetland Islands was his chosen location, but to get a clear view of the colony, he had to scramble down about 20 metres (65 feet) of crumbling cliff face. Having reached a ledge, he then had to find enough space for his tripod and to steady it against the buffeting winds for the three-second exposure that would result in the effect he wanted.
Nikon D300 + 18-35mm lens + polarizing filter; 3 sec at f29; ISO 100; Gitzo tripod + Wimberley head.
Hermaness National Nature Reserve, Shetland Islands, UK
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Andrew Parkinson, United Kingdom
Andrew is a contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine, has completed nine photo features for BBC Wildlife Magazine and has been published in Audubon, Geo and Terre Sauvage. He has won multiple awards for his photography and is most often drawn to the wildlife and wild places of the UK.