Seattle Times reader Shun Takano’s photo of a flock of coots.

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Photographer: Shun Takano, Renton

Photo taken: Dec. 30, 2014, Renton

Photographer’s description: “Went to Gene Coulon Memorial Park with a rented lens to take photos of birds. There was a flock of North American coots, and some of the individuals decided to climb onto a log. Taken with a Sony A77M2 with Tamron 150-600 mm lens.”

Expert says: “What I really like about this photo is the texture and color of the blue water that is clean and contrasts well with the smooth dark-colored birds. Great choice of lens so we’re able to get in close to the birds and see those red eyes. A tip: Almost want to be a little closer. By checking the metadata, it looks like this photo was taken at 400mm. I’m curious what it would look like if it was shot a little tighter. 500mm? Even at 600mm? I still want to see those ripples in the water, but have those (creepy) red eyes a little bigger in the frame. “

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