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    One morning, as I was photographing Atlantic Puffins on a remote island in Scotland, the skies clouded over and it started raining. Soon it was pouring and the wind was blowing the water right into my lens. While rain can be discouraging, I think it offers an opportunity for some diversity of shots. The birds kept coming back from the sea with mouths full of fish. I was soaked - but so were the puffins. But they kept on working, and so did I.
    Composition 9
    Lighting 10
    Creativity 7
    Story 9

    Puffin's make me laugh, I don't know what is but their expressions always make laugh when I see them during a curation of the Daily Dozen. The water droplets are an excellent detail, but it's the fact that this bird can carry this many fish in it's beak that really just amazes me. Great work getting up close and personal with this image, Sunil!

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Jul 11, 2017
    Date Uploaded: Oct 28, 2017
    Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
    Focal Length: 1200 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec
    Aperture: f/10
    ISO: 3200
    Copyright: © Sunil Gopalan
    Categories: Animals, Nature
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year