Kingfishers look to be shot in a studio due to clever lighting by Jeroen Stel (17 images)

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The blue and gold feathers of a kingfisher in mid-dive are captured in striking pictures taken against a dark background, as if in a photography studio. Wildlife photographer Jeroen Stel used a unique lighting setup surrounding a kingfisher's perch on a branch in Naarden, Netherlands to capture their hunting behaviours in an unconventional way.

He positioned five flashes around the perch and deliberately under-exposed the shots in order to create the appearance of a black...
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