After 6 Years And 720,000 Photos, Photographer Can Finally Rest Knowing His Late Grandfather Will Be Proud

Meet Alan McFadyen, it took him 6 years, 4,200 hours and 720,000 photos to finally capture what he deems perfect. I’d say it’s pretty much perfect too. He was hoping for of the perfect dive, flawlessly straight, with no splash. It required him to be in the right place at the right time. He states “I never really stopped to think about how long it was taking along the way as I enjoyed doing it but now I look back on it I’m really proud of the picture and the work I put in” and he talks about his day to day photography sessions “I would often go and take 600 pictures in a session and not a single one of them be any good.”

Alan Mcfadden is one dedicated photographer and what keeps him motivated is his late grandfather. It was his grandfather who introduced him to Kingfisher and he instantly grew his love for them and found them interesting from a young age.

“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.”

Here is the image that took him 4,200 hours to take:

Credits: Alan McFadyen


Below you will find some more pictures from Alan McFadyen, and his amazing talent. I can surely say he did his grandfather proud !


Credits: Alan McFadyen

Credits: Alan McFadyen

Credits: Alan McFadyen

Alan McFadyen

Credits: Alan McFadyen


“I’m sure my grandfather would have loved it, I just wish he could have seen it. All of my family contacted me when they saw it and said he would have been so proud of it” – Alan McFadyen