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Nankeen Night Heron

Nankeen Night Heron
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Copyright: Mike Rix (Mike-Rix) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 37 W: 1 N: 18] (187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70S, sigma 70-300 apo macro
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-07-29 4:48
Viewed: 4693
Points: 4
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Nankeen Night Heron in Parc Forestier de Noumea.
There were about six of these herons at a pond in the Parc Forestier that is located on a hill just outside of Noumea. For this one I could use the fence poles as a natural tripod to get it sharp.

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To sandpiper2: Nice workshop!Mike-Rix 1 07-30 01:08
To eliz: Thanks for precise adviceMike-Rix 1 07-29 11:25
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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
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you surprised a beautiful moment.

but a think you can make look better if you spent 5min to apply some software technique:
- try a warmer white balance
- try a little bit more saturation
- try a smart shapen on the bird (with a maximum 0.4 radius)

@edit: is New Caledonia in France ? i believed that is somewhere in Pacific :)

Hi Mike

I wondered what a Nankeen Night Heron was doing in France!!, but of course it wasn't. Its a bit silly that TN stilllinks the colonies to the motherland. But that aside its a fine shot of this guy inbetween juvenile and adult plumage.

If you look closely there are 2 dust spots on top and in front of the bill. A common problem in digital camers, but something you'll need to keep an eye on and learn how to clean you cameras sensor before they get to be a major problem. Fortunately, they are easy to get rid of with a bit of post-processing in Photoshop or similar, as I've done in the workshop.

Good composition
Good sharpness
good DOF and POV
Good background


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