Last month my wife Stephanie and I took a trip down to the coast of Namibia for a conference. While we mostly stayed around Swakopmund for the conference we got a chance to go down Walvis Bay for the afternoon which is only about 40 minutes south along the coast. Walvis Bay is the smaller and more blue collar town of the Namibian coastal cities being the only deep water harbor, but it also sports an amazing amount of migratory birds in and around it.
We stopped by the lagoon on the south side of the city where flamingoes like to frequent the shallow areas near the shore. It was such a cool site to these unique birds against the backdrop of the ocean and now I'd definitely like to the see them again more inland at a breeding lake sometime. The pink colors really give a nice contrast to any landscape and especially the desert colors around Namibia.
When I took this shot I wasn't really expecting mush since it was the middle of the day and the glare from the water, sand and sky was tough to deal with. So, instead of fighting the glare I surprised myself by finding a nice minimalist composition when a group of birds flew overhead and blew everything out a little to highlight the figures. It's a different kind of look for me, but I think it turned out quite nicely.
Nikon D600 | Nikon 80 - 400mm | Lightroom