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Old Feb 4, 2011, 8:11 AM   #11
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I like the first shot with the heron and also the second shot of the drake. Very beautiful. BTW, I like th DOF on the first shot. The heron is a beautiful subject, and I think having the egret in focus may have distracted from it. As it is the egret adds color and depth, but doesn't distract in my opinion. Great shots!
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Thanks, you make good points about the DOF and the egret. I appreciate you taking a look and commenting.
Here are some more from that series of shots.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...ron-egret.html


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All beautiful shots. Birds have the most amazing feathers when you can zoom in close, as you have done very well. Duck #3 is having a bad feather day!
Definitely a bad feather day. LOL Thanks.
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All very nice, but my favourites are # 1 and the last one.

# 1...I like the DOF, sharpness and the bird in the background.

All of them are very sharp...really good use of available light.
I, too, like the first the best. If I'd not known better, I'd have thought your did that on purpose! Lovely shots!
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I, too, like the first the best. If I'd not known better, I'd have thought your did that on purpose! Lovely shots!

HI, Thank you very much. In a way I did do that on purpose. I had to choose which bird would be in focus and I thought the Heron was the better choice. I did take some photos where the Egret is in focus and the Heron is not. But like others have noted, the Heron has the more interesting feather pattern so I went with the Heron.

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate all the feedback.
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Cool, stunning series of shots. The Northern Shoveler is my fave- the colours and comp are superb.
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Thanks for looking Dyane. Shovelers are one of my favorites too. This one really looked frazzled.
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Hi Steve

Again, some masterful work here.

I particularly like 1, 3, 6 & 8.

Dof on 1 is great! (you shouldn't have apologised). What focal length is your lens (I looked at the exif data, but can't see it in there). It appears you shot at f6.3 - could you have stopped down more?

I like the less cluttered backgrounds and focus of both 3 and 6.

And the colours of #8 are just great! Well captured!

Thanks for sharing. I've posted in your other thread about the egret / blue heron too.

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Thanks Paul, the focal length in that shot was 550mm on a Nikon D7000. I might have been able to stop it down but as others and yourself have said the shot would not have been as nice.

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