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Old Jul 22, 2007, 11:31 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I went back to the little lake where I first saw the juvenile GBH the other day, and it was there, and brought one of its brothers or sisters (I can't tell the difference). They were fishing in different parts of the lake, so I concentrated on the one I could get closest to. . . of course! :-)

It started on the other side of a relatively narrow section of the lake. The young ones move around a lot more than the adults, and rarely stay in one place very long, much less in one position like the older ones, who can be veeeeeery boring to shoot at times. All shots were hand-held, with the (now) very light and nimble FA*300/4.5+P F 1.7x AFA for a FL of 510mm.

K10, ISO 200, f8 reported (f7.7 actual = lens wide open @f4.5), 1/200, -1.3Ev


Same setup, 1/300


Same setup again, but at f10 reported (f9.6 actual = lens at f5.6), 1/200


Then it flew over to my side of the lake, but the light was behind it, reflecting off the water. . .
I switched to ISO 320 -- I can't remember why, but it made sense at the time. . . and 0 Ev comp. because of the backlighting.

f10, 1/1000, PP'd with levels to bring out shadows



And then I moved down the shoreline, hidden by the trees and bushes that lined it, and looked for an opening in the vegetation.

Found one. . .f10, 1/250


Then waited for it to pose better within the veeeery confining hole in the brush. . .

Finally got this one. . . Same settings as above



Easily my favorite of the session. . . a good day --

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Old Jul 23, 2007, 1:26 AM   #2
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I think they are all very good, perfect focus, so sharp. You did very well. 1st and last are my favourites.
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Hi Rodney,

Thanks -- I think that I'll start getting more heron shots now that the babies for the year are out and fishing for themselves.

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Beautiful photos!..What a wonderful subject you are so lucky to have..and babies,too!!Please keep posting these magnificent creatures..:-)
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Nice shots, I will have to break out my AF 1.7 and see how it works with my FA* lenses.

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Nice shots Scott, I really like the natural framing of your shots from the bush.

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All I can say is WOW!
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