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Green Heron (at last!!!)

 
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Aug 14, 2003 12:22 |  #46

marie wrote:
thank you howie,
that picture you show here is just BEAUTIFUL
marie

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Very kind comments. Let me impose again on CDS's moderating skills and original post to stress that my Heron images are simply good luck and a good camera !

1: HIGHLY CROPPED:
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This image represents only 13% of the original frame. That is the best that I can do with the G2. In other words, that is about as close as I can get to a Heron while giving myself some body cover.

2: MANY VISITS YIELD OPPORTUNITIES
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Don't foregt that I walk by this pond almost every morning (and most evenings). Also, I walk the north side of the pond that comes closest to the shore. The opposite side borders a 50 foot hill. My side offers some cover, and for morning shots it seems to give the birds a good peak at the breakfast menu.

3: KNOWN SHOOTING LOCATIONS AND GROUND COVER
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So, when I see a Heron in close-- and that is about
once in every five rounds as many times they are on the far side of the pond -- I creep behind the available brush and hope to get off two shots. This was nice because the bird gave a nice cross view to the camera.

4: HAND HELD - CENTER FOCUS
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My camera is set to at least a T = 160 and ISO = 50. The settings on this shot were more like T = 320, and A = 5, which may explain why the foreground is blurred while the bird is fairly sharp. Of course I aim at the bird as the camera's focus has been set on center.

5: POST PROCESSING IS REQUIRED
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The rest is post-processing, including:
- straightening the horizontal of the far shoreline
- cropping to set the bird on a "golden mean which invloves things that I did not see until I got home, such as:
............how to crop so as to emphasize and retain the sunlight shore and strong line of that shore,
............how much of the purple loosestrife to retain
............how to maximize the cross diagonals created by the grass (right to left) and the purple loosestrife (left to right)
........... how to sharpen the Heron (lassoed, sharpened , and a stamp-out of a two-pixel halo along the throat)
- Finally, I darken the entire image a tad, switched to Adobe 1998, desturated a tad, altered the color balance a tad

The G2 with its 4 megapixels and 3x zoom makes cropping possible. Finally, on a shot like this, the G2 -- unlike an SLR -- eliminates the pressure to frame the shot in the field.

HOWIE




  
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Aug 15, 2003 15:01 |  #47

Wonderful pics by everyone. I love large birds, and growing up spending summers int he Irsih Hills of Michigan instilled a deep appreciated for the Blue Heron in particular. I don't have any pictures of one, but I did get some good shots while at a bird show at the Toledo Zoo. Click for the larger pics.

This is a "rescued" Bald Eagle:

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A species of hawk:
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An Owl landing above a small child:
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I don't know what this was, but it was big. :)
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This was an Eagle, don't remember what kind, but he was the biggest species of Eagle.:
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And here, he looks ready to eat my brother:
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Aug 15, 2003 15:11 |  #48

Hey -- DAN

Great pics of all sorts of birds. That eagle is monster! Must have had lunch before you guys came along. There is quite a bird board for your state at http://www.northbirdin​g.com/database/ (external link) .

Keep flying 'em in.

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Oct 12, 2003 12:46 |  #49

Big Blue Heron ...or... Bloody Big Budgie ??? -- > -- >

Well CDS and fellow Heron fans, Greetings from the Great White North:

Eat your heart out, or at least a few carrots. This is is as close as nature and the G2 130 mm lens allowed.

HOWIE

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Oct 12, 2003 15:23 |  #50

And look at those fall colors! :)

Things are JUST starting to turn here further south.
Wonderfull photos Howie!


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Oct 30, 2003 20:57 |  #51

BLUE HERON -- MY BEST TODATERe: Green Heron (at last!!!)

Well CDS and all you Heron fans:
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I saw this bird down the creek at about 9am.

-- 1st Shot - I walked 100 yards stood up, shot, bird flew 50 yards, overexposed.
-- 2nd shot -- bird on the wing
-- 3rd shot THIS SHOT bird standing, takes off
-- 4th shot bird on the wing
-- 5th shot - scared her off - bird on the wing

Then a Big Big Blue Heron -- chases this baby out of the larger pond. This baby flysback to a high tree overlooking the creek.

So I took a few hundred calories of this girl's energy to get this shot. She probably returned to fish the pond for another hour!

HOWIE

PS: This is about 1/3rd of the frame -- so it has twice as much detail as I usually get.

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Oct 30, 2003 22:15 |  #52

CDS,
I'm still waiting for your Heron calendar to come out!
Hopefully after my trip back to Florida in Dec I can catch some shots to share with you.
Great shooting...Always like to see these shots form you...




  
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Oct 31, 2003 20:57 |  #53

Looking forward to seeing some more of your work Christopher :)

And Howie,,. thats a sweet image for sure!

Very nice indeed.


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Oct 31, 2003 21:52 |  #54

Here's a nice scene I came across,. couldn't get any closer on this particular afternoon.

Sorry about the jpeg quality,. it didn't look so bad before I uploaded?

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Nov 01, 2003 06:49 |  #55

CDS

Fantastic -- going for gold here ! I am amazed at how we all retain such a fascination for these large birds; and except for your big lens, in my own case at least, I would not know what they look like at the feather level.

Regards,

HOWIE

PS: A birder told me that some Black Cormorant were dropping into a nearby river-pond. I may take a peak.




  
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Nov 01, 2003 10:02 |  #56

howie and cyberdyne,
the photographs are wonderful and very very beautiful

the herons look so elegant in all that magnificent colour.

congratulations over and over
those birds sure know where to stroll around :)
they lead us to places we maybe would never have ventured into
( where you.... as photographers, ventured for thses pictures)

thanks for the sharing of 'their' beautiful lives......
right here

:)

best wishes
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Nov 01, 2003 10:38 |  #57

Hope non-Herons are allowed ..... this one performs a public service :)

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Nov 01, 2003 10:41 |  #58

ok, if you insist... far from technically acceptable, but I'm lens challenged for the time being


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Nov 01, 2003 18:39 |  #59

Great shots Ilya! :D

...and indeed we are open to other,. non heron type birds here! :D

That White Egret looks like it is flying over my salt marsh! Good job getting it in flight!


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