Basic Guidelines: In the strictest sense, nature photography should not include "hand of man elements". Please refrain from images with buildings or human made structures like roads, fences, walls. Pets are not permitted. Captive subjects in zoos, arboretums, or aquariums are permitted, but must be declared, and must focus on the subject, not the captivity. Images with obvious human made elements will likely be deleted from the thread, with an explanation to the photographer. Guidelines are based on PSA rules governing Nature photography which also cover the Nature Forum. Keep your image at/under 1000 pixels on the long axis for in-line viewing. Note that this includes photos hosted off-site at Flicker, Photobucket, your own site, etc. Each member please post no more than just one image to this weekly thread per week. I'm still working on improving my wildlife shots. This week I tried a new technique: Shooting on Manual (M) mode, with Auto-ISO, fixing the aperture at the best for the subject, and selecting an optimal shutter speed for fast action (within the available light). This was shot on a D810 + Nikkor 200-500mm/5.6 @ 500mm, ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/1250s. I found this Snowy Egret actively feeding in a small ditch. Even with the excellent VR (IS) of the Nikkor lens, this image, from a series shot from a tripod, is measurably better than anything I could obtain hand-held. This week, please share the techniques you've found most helpful in obtaining your best results.