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Old May 24, 2005, 12:29 AM   #1
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A sequence of shots I was fortunate to get of a great blue heron fishing for lunch. It is amazing to watch as they really get into it!!! hope you enjoy them as much as I. 20D 100-400mm @370mm most @f5.6 1/640 ISO 400

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I'll order lunch now. thank you!!



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Old May 24, 2005, 7:16 PM   #2
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Dennis, this is a wonderful sequence of images. Really really good....

But on my monitor at least, everything appears "faded."

The highlights aren't blown, just faded, the shadows are great, but faded....

This is an awesome sequence, don't you think you should....



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Old May 24, 2005, 7:23 PM   #3
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Thanx, Dave!!! these were taken on a very overcast day. my PP skills are very minimal right now. what do you think i should do??

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Not much you can do with that kind of light. I am impressed you were able to freeze the action.

Really a good catch of the spear through the fish catch that they do..

I had always thought they just caught fish in their beak until I saw one do the spear. Great shots!!
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nice job
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These are just oustanding Dennis. You really had it together when you got these. Every one at just the right time. Just wonderful

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Dennis, this is a wonderful sequence of images. Really really good....

Fantastic shots, all of them !!
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Old May 25, 2005, 8:36 AM   #8
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Thanx all for the comments!!!! One thing i do like about the 20D is the continuous shooting @ upto 5fps. I tried watching this heron to see when it was going to grab a fish. After a couple of quick little fish where he barely got his beak wet, i was just hoping he would fly away to get some flight shots as i was in a hurry to get somewhere else. I kept asking the heron to fly and waved at him and whistled and he pretty much ignored me. then this sequence happened!!! this was only the 2nd time that i've seen a heron almost submerge himself catching fish. I definitely am quite pleased. thanx again!!!

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Thanx, Dave!!! these were taken on a very overcast day. my PP skills are very minimal right now. what do you think i should do??

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If these were my images, I would spend quite a while with them...:blah:

But here's what I did in about thirty seconds. I went to variations, in PS, and darkened the highlights, I then went to levels and darkened the entire image. I then went to manual contrast, and increased the contrast. If I didn't have PS, any one of a number of $50 dollar programs can do the same...

Sorry for the large file size, I normally work in OSX and use a different program to compress my images...


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Old May 25, 2005, 2:34 PM   #10
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Dave, thanx for describing what you did!!! looks better for sure!!! I figured the highlights were a bit bright. I did try contrast but it just made the highlights lighter and the shaddows darker.

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