We speak to photographers daily at Fotolia and so we truly understand the dedication and time that goes into creating the photos that are available on the website. Former fisherman and Scottish photographer Alan McFadyen took his quest for perfection to the next step however. His flawlessly symmetrical image of a kingfisher diving into a river has, he estimates, taken around 4,200 hours to capture (after approximately 720,000 exposures).

Mcfadyen stated the reasoning behind this shot being particularly time consuming was due to the kingfisher’s behaviour (females very rarely dive) and speed: “Kingfishers dive so fast they are like bullets, so taking a good photo requires a lot of luck – and a lot of patience.”

You can discover more of his beautiful ornithological photography here.