If you’re a photographer, you’d know that it takes a lot more than photography skills to capture that coveted dream shot. Years of persistence and patience goes into the making of the shot of a lifetime, and sometimes that is also not enough.

No one knows this better Alan McFadyen. He has spent 6 years trying to get a perfect shot of a kingfisher diving straight into the water without a single splash. It took him 4,200 hours and 720,000 shots before he could get it right.

Alan was inspired by his grandfather to take up wildlife photography. “I remember my grandfather taking me to see the kingfisher nest and I just remember being completely blown away by how magnificent the birds are. So when I took up photography I returned to this same spot to photograph the kingfishers, ” he tells about his inspiration.

“The photo I was going for of the perfect dive, flawlessly straight, with no splash required not only me to be in the right place and get a very lucky shot but also for the bird itself to get it perfect,” McFadyen told The Herald Scotland. “I would often go and take 600 pictures in a session and not a single one of them be any good. But now I look back on the thousands and thousands of photos I have taken to get this one image, it makes me realize just how much work I have done to get it.”

Scroll below to see his dream shot and tell us what you think of it in comments below.

More info: photographyhides.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter (h/t: heraldscotland)

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