I agree with your comment and would have preferred more space at the top and bottom. If I ever develop enough post-processing skills to extend the photo up and down I will. (Those ripples are my main nemesis.)
As I mentioned in my other comments, I was taking shots of this grebe as he/she paddled around, dove under to get food, and surfaced again at any random spot on the water. When it reared up it filled the frame and I was lucky to get both it and its reflection without cutting one or the other off.
There were so many great entries...I hope that 'The Best of...' becomes an annual affair.
I am so glad that this was a MiniChallenge so that I don't have to come up with the topic for the next challenge! :)
When taking bird photos, I almost always use high-speed burst mode because one never knows what those little critters are going to do next. If you know these grebes, you know that they are constantly diving for food before surfacing for a brief moment. In this particular case, I was trying to capture the grebe with the reflected rising sun in the background.
It was only when I was back home going through the shots of that morning that I found that because of burst mode I had managed to capture Grebie (as my friends have nicknamed him/her) flapping and shaking lots of little water droplets everywhere. After much thought and discussion with some professionals, I decided that these droplets were distracting and cloned them out. It's too bad because I wanted to keep the image as near as could be to the actual moment. In any case, I was very pleased with the final result.
Now that my post processing skills are a little better, I may go back and try accentuating the water droplets so that they add to, rather than distract from, the photo.