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Old Jun 24, 2004, 2:10 PM   #1
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This was taken at sunset in Walla Walla, Washington. It's an irrigation canal behind the Holiday Inn Express there (yes, lots of mosquitos!). Walking behind the hotel, I noticed this solitary Great Blue Heron fishing in the canal. With the lighting the way it was, I decided not to pass this shot up.


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Old Jun 24, 2004, 2:26 PM   #2
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Really nice composition, Geoff! I don't blame you forfeeling you hadto take this picture.
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Thanks, Barbara! (seems like I've said these same 2 words alot lately) :-)

This image was slightly cropped from the original. All I did was cut out a bit of the superfluous land at the bottom of the image, as it was a bit bottom heavy. Otherwise, I did no extra sharpening, levels adjust, nothing.
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Sometimes it happens thata picture is best pretty much left as taken. This is photo where, if you sharpened it, it would immediately be too sharp, and if you adjusted levels, parts would get too blown out. Now and again, I have to argue with myself over these two processes because of getting so used to doing them all the time. Some photos beg to be soft, and that's all there is to it, and the same goes for a lack of black or white in a picture.Looking good--that's what counts.
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Nice one geoffs. :-)
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Sometimes it happens thata picture is best pretty much left as taken. This is photo where, if you sharpened it, it would immediately be too sharp, and if you adjusted levels, parts would get too blown out. Now and again, I have to argue with myself over these two processes because of getting so used to doing them all the time. Some photos beg to be soft, and that's all there is to it, and the same goes for a lack of black or white in a picture.Looking good--that's what counts.
Boy, have you nailed it with that paragraph.

I tried levels adjustment - it looked terrible. I tried sharpening - it looked terrible. I even tried just making it a grayscale image and that wasn't an improvement. So, I backed off and just looked at it for what it was, and that was quite enough.
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Thanks, jackrussell!
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Well done! Whenever I try a shot like this it's always gone before I get the camera out and start it up.

I sugeest you holiday on Loch Ness, Scotlandand look for the monster. Or is this the real Loch Ness Monster?
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Or is this the real Loch Ness Monster?
Haha - Alan this is merely a common Great Blue Heron. But, if you think that I could make some money off of the photo touting it as the Loch Ness Monster, well, I'm open to saying that it's the Loch Ness Monster :-)
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