Jean-Baptiste Chandelier and I had the idea to shoot him touching the surface of a mountain lake with the tip of his wing. We did some online scouting, and this lake not too far from where he lives appeared ideal for what we intended to do in terms of orientation at sunset, scenic background and ease of access.
It was only 10 minutes away from the closest spot we could park our car. It took 20 minutes of hiking for JB in between each try. When we arrived though, the water wasn’t still and there was some wind left that prevented the mirror effect from happening.
But we stayed, and finally the wind died down just when the sun was about to go down. JB gracefully touched the water with a perfect 360 landing.