<< Previous Next >>

Different look at the Great Blue Heron

Different look at the Great Blue Heron
Photo Information
Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-26 14:01
Viewed: 3549
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Someone had told me about that park that could receive over 200 different species in a year.The park is 30 minutes drive from my house so I decided to have a look at it this morning.It is in dead a beautiful park that will be (I'm sure )very productive in the spring.So we had a chance at a few different species but the one that did came out ( for my eye's ) was that Great Blue Heron.Why did I like it ? well it is not capture in a traditional way , not in the water ,not fishing and not flying ,it is simply standing in that tree's and cleanning is feathers.
Nesting :3-7 pale greenish-blue eggs on a shallow platform of sticks lined with finer materil,usually placed in a tree but sometimes on the ground or concealed in a reedbed..Nest in colonies.

nglen, gracious, jmirah, pierrefonds, snowfalken, Necipp, eqshannon, ridvan, fartash, Luis52, CeltickRanger, angybone has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To CeltickRanger: Arriere planMMM 1 08-30 10:01
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-26 14:06]

Hi Michel. As you say a different pose for a Heron. but you can see all of it. good detail in the feathers. he looks very tall. it looks as if it got his eye on something. a nice POV.well done TFS. good notes too.

  • eBirdy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 76] (522)
  • [2007-08-26 15:31]

Hi Michel,
Really neat and sharp image.
True, a different look of a heron..With those wet feathers, we can notice his body's real "volume", surprisingly small...
TFS, Marta
:) TM

Bonjour Michel,
Magnifique prise, tant de détail, très grandiose.

nice shot with a pleasant white BG, like a photo studio ;)
good sharpness, nice pose

  • Great 
  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-08-26 17:45]

Hi Michel,
I think you have captured a Great Blue Wereheron on the eve of a full Moon. Fine detail and exposure along with a great POV. Nicely done.


Bonsoir Michel,

Une belle image de cet héron bleu, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne soirée.


This illustrates the amazing bends those necks are capable of. It is an interesting pose. I enjoy the feet! It is amazing that they can balance that large body with those spindly little legs. It is interesting that you managed to get a point of view where there is no background clutter.

Evelynn ; )

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-26 19:07]

Hello Michel

A wonderful close up of this Great Blue heron.The pose is interesting ,as it tucks it's long neck into it's body.The plumage detail is excellent.Very good focus and sharpness.TFS


  • Great 
  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-26 23:20]

Hello Michel,
glad you had a nice visit at the park
very beautiful heron, great POV and composition


  • Great 
  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-27 0:07]

Great portrait of a bird! Well done!

Bonjour Michel,
Very good composition in a different angle and pose of the Heron!
good clarity, natural colour and details in it
especially against the white bg!
well done, Michel

Cool shot, Michel!

Hello Michel,

This is a very difficult shot that you've captured with great skills. The composition is very good! You used the rule of thirds as guidance and placed the heron along the right third of the picture allowing for plenty of space in front of it. I guess I would have also allowed for more space above the heron's head. Normally this composition is excellent but probably the curved shape of the heron's neck gives me the illusion that the top edge of the picture presses the heron's head down. The plain background is perfect to isolate the subject from the surroundings but it also can create problems. Because of the backlight I would have expected lots of chromatic aberration where the contrast is stronger but I can't find any in your picture. Your new lens must be very good and probably very expensive.
Another difficulty you encountered was the exposure as the sensor of your camera might have been easily fooled by the bright background but it seems you overcome all these problems. You did a very good job! Thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

Hello Michel lovely tight composition good detail and contrast, nice clean background. Good pov tfs rgds Necip.

Nice shot of the bird, like the sharpness of the image , good details captured, natural colour tones.
Best wishes,

  • Great 
  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-27 8:18]

Michel, very very interesting shot and lovely focus. See the eyes it tells a lot of stories. Great shot. thanks for sharing. Ganesh

Hi Michel,
Good and sharp but lacks a bit in colour. Probably due to the bland cloudy sky behind. Perhaps a little +exposure compensation would have helped.
Well done,

Excellent focus and notations. It is a superb picture Michel. Not sure if one could ask for better!


  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-27 10:39]

Bonjour Michel, superbe portrait du Héron, belle attitude de l'oiseau et bon éclairage malgré le 'backlight'.


  • Great 
  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-27 12:42]

selam michel, wow excellent shot and very good composition of this heron.nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

  • Great 
  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-08-27 15:22]

Salut Michel,
Belle photo détaillé du héron. Il est rare de pouvoir admirer le héron de la tête aux pied.
Merci pour le partage

Hi Michel, great heron with wonderful details, excellent sharpness and splendid pose, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Michel
Excellent shot of this Great Blue Heron,
Great focusing,lighting and sharpness,
Superb shot,Welldone.


Hello Michel,
Extraordinary due to the white background. Pose is great; good moment.

  • Great 
  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-28 17:11]

Hola Michel. Una foto de exelente calida. Con un alto grado de dificultad por tener un fondo en color blanco, au asi es muy clara y nitida. Saludos Michel. Luis52.

salut Michel

très belle photo bien cadré
mais je trouve l'arrière-plan un peu vide,
j'aurais aimé voir une couleur du ciel ou de la végétation



Un ave con una postura realmente "complicada".
Buena y original captura Michel.
Saludos, JL.

Très belle photo, Très clair et net. Bonne composition contre l'arrière plan blanc. Merci pour le partage. Dan

Wonderful vertical composition with great details. The white background works perfectly here. And I have to say my favorite parts are the long legs and feet. Wonderful!

Preciosa presentación de este ave con un excelente encuadre. El fondo es muy adcuado.
Saludos desde España Michel.

Calibration Check