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Old Aug 27, 2006, 10:19 PM   #1
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got these this afternoon at a local lakeshore park. these were the first green herons i'd seen there. itook the shots of the male from 25 feet away, and the female from perhaps 10-12 feet (the shots of the femaleare not cropped... i had to back off on the zoom to get all of thebird in the frame!)










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#2 and #3 are my favorites!

The last one is invisible (at least he thinks he is...)

I would remove the reflections at the bottom of #2.

.....but all are excellent!

#4 is very close, how did you do this?

(sorry no exif reader at hand)

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Old Aug 28, 2006, 3:38 AM   #3
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I can see why you like your Canon. The DOF really makes the pictures

Lovely pictures of the Herons

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Very nice pictures Squirl, you are very lucky to get that close to these green herons :-)

Super sharp close-ups, good job
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Old Aug 28, 2006, 8:10 AM   #5
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#2 and #3 are my favorites!

The last one is invisible (at least he thinks he is...)

I would remove the reflections at the bottom of #2.

.....but all are excellent!

#4 is very close, how did you do this?

(sorry no exif reader at hand)

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thanks, Sven... actually, these birds were not terribly skittish, and the female was hunting within 10-12 feet of a pedestrian causeway, so close i actually had to back off on the zoom to get her all in the frame! the "portrait shots" merely required using the zoom to fill the frame, no PP cropping was needed!
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These are super. I didn't even know there is such a thing as a Green Heron.

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got these this afternoon at a local lakeshore park. these were the first green herons i'd seen there. itook the shots of the male from 25 feet away, and the female from perhaps 10-12 feet (the shots of the femaleare not cropped... i had to back off on the zoom to get all of thebird in the frame!)









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I can see why you like your Canon. The DOF really makes the pictures

Lovely pictures of the Herons

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thanks, Fred... it's not just the DOF... it also handles a much wider dynamic range than the FZ's, which means highlights don't blow out nearly as easily - or as badly - and foesn't lose shadow details as much. that's important with shots like the lastthree here, where thefemale heronwas backlit, and i was trying tocapture the details on the"shady" side of the bird...


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You certainly were facing two major abstacles in trying to capture a good picture... 1. Not having the sun at your back 2. angle of subject being photographed. Whats nice about photographing any water birds is if it's high sun alot of times you get that reflection off of the wood from below the subject and it lights it up the bottom area of the bird.
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You certainly were facing two major abstacles in trying to capture a good picture... 1. Not having the sun at your back 2. angle of subject being photographed. Whats nice about photographing any water birds is if it's high sun alot of times you get that reflection off of the wood from below the subject and it lights it up the bottom area of the bird.
thanks, Buzz...and you're right, it wasn't the best situation for a good shot. i'd love to have had an "eye-level" POV with the sunbehind mefor these shots, but the landscape there just doesn't permit it... i'd have been chest deep in swampy water in order to get that! :lol: and finding these little guys at any time of day, regardless of sun angle, is a challenge here, so i had to take what i could get!
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A challenge well met.
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