Frozen in flight
It was Christmas morning when Jamie set up his shoot in his back garden. He had experimented with flight shots the previous winter and so knew what he wanted: '. . . a bird in flight, precisely centred with the sun top left, which meant that I had to take the picture between 11am and noon.' That gave him an hour to get the shot. He placed grain on the snow in a precise spot and waited. 'I didn't know I'd captured this great tit lifting off until I took the camera inside to thaw out. ' It was everything Jamie had been working towards - the only picture he took but the one he wanted - a spectacular winning action shot.
Sony A350 + Sigma 18-125mm f3.5-5.6 lens; 1/4000 sec at f9; ISO 400; Minolta 5600HS flash.
Kiddlington, Oxford, UK
Sign up to receive emails from the Natural History Museum about events and exhibitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year.