This one goes way back to my early days when I was working on my book Chesapeake: Bay of Light . I found this heron stalking the tidal waters of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge during a beautiful sunset. The wind was up, creating ripples in the water, so I used a long exposure to blur the water, smoothing out the reflections of the colorful sky. The heron was standing perfectly still, and I had my camera on a tripod securely locked down, so the heron is sharp. I used flash to illuminate the shadowed heron; the flash burst froze the reflections of the rippled water on the heron, giving the final photo a somewhat painterly look.