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Great Blue Heron and Trout

Great Blue Heron and Trout
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Copyright: Rene Lortie (rlortie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 295 W: 59 N: 593] (2058)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-06 20:12
Viewed: 6358
Favorites: 10 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Ardea herodias
Great Blue Heron
Grand héron

Photo taken at Parc de L’Ile de la Visitation in Montreal. I have the full sequence of this fishing adventure. Maybe some day I will try a sequence panoramic with these shots; if I’m not too lazy…

This stately bird is the largest and most widely distributed of the North American herons. It is found from coast to coast in Canada, the United States, Mexico, the West Indies, and the Galapagos Islands.
It lives in colonies, building nests in the uppermost branches of tall trees, but, when necessary, it will nest in smaller trees or even on the ground.
The principle food consists of fish taken while the heron is in shallow water. Frogs, eels, meadow mice, snakes, and rats are also consumed, and it is adept at catching insects as well. Very few other birds or animals risk encounters with the great blue heron, for its sharp and powerful bill is capable of inflicting serious wounds. Losses occur, however, when the unattended eggs are taken by crows or ravens, or when nesting birds are disturbed by humans.

Technical stuff
Date/Time: 2004:07:11 07:52:11
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Aperture: 5,6
Exposure mode: Av
Exposure compensation: -1/2
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous: frame 1
ISO: 200
Lens: 500mm
Focal length: 700mm
Subject distance: 55 m
AF mode: One-shot AF
Focus point: [- - - - >]
Image size: 3072 x 2048
Image quality: Fine
White balance: Auto
Color space: sRGB

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-06 21:06]

Rene, I can't believe this. Incredible capture of the Heron. This image is a winner. Well done.


Superb photo Rene, every space on the picture is taken with colors contrasting with the subject making you more aware of its presence. Not often you see a heron with such a big appetite. Well done Rene.

Bonjour René, quelle image! Netteté, rendu des couleurs, profondeur de champ et cadrage hors pair. Et que dire du sujet et de la situation! Petite question : je vois dans vos indications techniques sur la prise de vue "Lens: 500 mm" et "Focal length: 700 mm". Aviez-vous un multiplicateur de focale? Excellent travail.

Great shot René
Very good sharpness, POV, composition and colours.
Great lens It's om my wish list.
Excellent work.

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-01-07 0:10]

Excellente photo. Le cadrage est parfait, la couleur et l'éclairage aussi. Encore une photo que j'aurais aimé prendre. Merci de partager.

exellente photo !
tous les reglages sont adequates ce lui donne une tres belle composition !

Please dont be lazy and do the sequence. Looking at this wonderful picture, I imagine how superb can be the full series of this action. Incredible quality, for and outstanding shot. Thanks Rene, very well done. I added to my FAVs.

Great photo!
I like everything in it: graet composition, blurred background, bright colours and very interesting subject.
Your photo is so extraordinary and perfect that it seem almost unreal.
Well done!

What a great "action" shot.. This photo can go straight into National Geographic !!

Well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-07 4:57]

WOW! Tasty fish. Excellent scene. I like this detailed blue heron, pose, moment, BG with ferns and blurred water. Superb picture Rene!

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  • AmiBe (68)
  • [2005-01-07 5:07]

Voilà une photo exceptionnelle. La netteté est excellente, la profondeur de champ idéale et les couleurs sont magnifiques. En plus le sujet, tient un poisson dans sa bouche !
On sent qu’il y a de longues heures de traque derrière cette photo ! Bravo ! Dans mes favoris...

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ***
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Great and rare shot, well caught.

Bravo au héron et à vous, René, pour cette belle prise. La patience paie! Cette photo est magnifique, mais cela devient banal de vous le dire, tant vous arrivez à saisir de grands moments du cycle de la vie animalière. Cette photo est parfaite, il n'y a rien à y redire. Dommage pour la truite, et quant aux pêcheurs, ils devront aller chez le poissonnier. Une favorite.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-07 9:39]

Quelle belle capture et pour toi et pour le héron!
Dire qu'il a avalé ça tout rond!
Tout simplement magnifique, René.
Un superbe bouleau: image et notes.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-01-07 13:21]

Un cliché absolument fabuleux!!!
Je pourrais planquer des année sans en prendre un semblable!
Je ne perdrais pas mon temps à détailler ses qualités, c'est parfait.
Une grande réussite.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-07 13:57]

Ouch, one less for the flyfisherman. Well I suppose the birds must also eat. This is a wonderful shot Rene. Excellent sharpness and good colours. Great job

Splendide image du Héron avec sa proie ! tout est parfait , cadrage , exposition ,PDC, netteté, rendu des couleurs .... rien à dire c'est du beau boulot !
Respect !

Every time I visit your gallery Rene I know I'm in for a treat. What a stunning shot this is. A great moment captured for sure. Your talent and technique are well beyond my critique. Well done.

Stuffin' his mouth, I see! This type of picture has been on my wishlist for a long, long time. I think I have more wishlist pictures than the one's I have already taken!
You got very good texture and light under the "lack of real sun" conditions. I think the point is often missed by some that without "good" light, It is impossible to get a really WOW image in every aspect, and that pictures should be appreciated for WHAT they show under the shooting conditions.
For this reason, you deserve 10/10 for this double capture, you and the heron. My hat off to you, René

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-09 0:45]

Great Blue Heron and a BIG fish - he is going to have a fun time swallowing it :) This is a stunning moment the you captured very well.

Excellent work and thanks for posting

An exceptional capture here, for both you and the heron!
The POV, sharpness and composition is what makes this a really good shot. You have done really well to grab this moment in time.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-11 22:05]

Rene, what a moment you depict here. As usual, perfect job. POV, DOF and sharpness, just great, as well as composition.

Fantastic quality and backdrop. An ideal image. Did you have to wait long for the moment? I love the quality and DOF.

If Louvre would accept wildlife photography this is a good candidate !

Fantastic capture, Rene! I admire you for waiting for such images. I have been known to wait around for good light, though, so I probably identify. Of course, maybe you just sat down, saw this in a minute or so, shot it, and said, "what luck!". I doubt it! Thanks for showing this amazing spectacle!

Nice action. I've watched my herons for hours. And all they do is stand there. Keep them coming !

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