Sense of place is important to any photograph, and working in black and white can sometimes make it tricky to convey that sense of place. The obvious way to do it would be to include the water that she was stood in, but I don’t like taking the obvious route, that often results in generic pulp.
I noticed that she was stood amongst some weeping trees, and this presented a special opportunity to frame fauna with flora. Photography is often about taking risks, and we took one with this shot — the leaves could have ruined the impact of the bird, and the light could have engulfed her in shadows.
It came off quite well, and she looks beautiful stood in the Garden Of Eden. Mother Nature really is breathtaking.