Caddo Lake, close to Shreveport, Louisiana

Photograph By Sapna Reddy

“And into the forest I’m going to lose my thoughts and discover my soul.” The phrases of John Muir appear so true when exploring the magical cypress forests of the bayou.

Spreading 26,000 acres throughout the states of Texas and Louisiana, the bayou gives a primeval portal into unbelievable pictures alternatives for each panorama and wildlife. The large bald cypress timber, a few of them 400 years outdated, decked in autumn glory, seem to drift throughout the water simply as their serpentine roots trace on the secrets and techniques beneath the murky waters. Spanish moss draped over the branches of the timber like effective gossamer provides a ghostly feeling to the place. When the mist rises from the water, the panorama is changed into an ethereal dream. There’s one thing hauntingly lovely about this place that invokes a sense of the supernatural.

As I kayaked throughout the a number of small waterways, I looked for compositions, usually stopping and getting out into the water to stabilize the digicam. Getting out and in of the kayak with out tipping it over with the water degree effectively above my knees was difficult, to say the least. I pressured myself to suppress ideas of water snakes and alligators within the murky water, ignored the freezing temperature and as an alternative centered on the sweetness earlier than me. After a few days, I slowly bought used to the atmosphere. I used to be capable of calm down and enter the inventive zone mentally and really started to understand the spectacular alternative for pictures provided by this distinctive panorama.

On the day I took this shot, I hoped to seize a picture that conveyed the gorgeous stability achieved by nature on this location, dwelling to over 200 species of birds. It was no shock that I noticed loads of them. The egrets simply stole the present. I used to be photographing the tree on this shot, and there have been just a few birds round transferring out and in of my body. I favored the damaging area provided to the correct with the distinctive structure of the tree and hoped so as to add a spotlight level to finish the visible story.

As if on cue, this beautiful chicken flew into the body. The distinction within the colours between the colourful autumn foliage and the snow-white softness of the egret’s feathers provided a wonderful visible stability. Contrasting with the construction of the large tree, the swish strains of the small chicken accentuated the visible curiosity within the body and made an apt portrait of this panorama. I took two pictures—one with the give attention to the principle tree trunk and a second shot with the give attention to the chicken. The 2 photographs had been subsequently blended in Photoshop. In an effort to guarantee I wouldn’t have any movement artifact associated to the chicken, I made a decision to shoot with a excessive ISO for a sooner shutter velocity. 

See extra of Sapna Reddy’s work at sapnareddy.com.

Sony a7R IV, Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS at 400mm. Publicity: 1/2000 sec., ƒ/9, ISO 2000.

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