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Flashed Heron!

Flashed Heron!
Photo Information
Copyright: Kirby Adams (kirbster) Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 10] (42)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-19 3:46
Viewed: 4568
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I snapped this Great Blue Heron on Lake Henderson in Inverness, Florida. I had taken a couple shots of him in the fading light and after the sun went down completely, I decided to try one with the flash since he was still standing there. It's a rather unnatural visual effect, but it highlights the bird so well, I'd like to know what others think of the result.

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

Good shot, but the heron is a bit overexposed.
Great colours.

Kirby, Overall I like it. It does create (as you say) a rather un-natural visual effect. Less flash maybe? It's a great late evening scene..TFS

Very good shot Kirby.
The Heron is a little overexposure by the flash but it's very difficult to get the fill-in effect with a compact digi when the subject is not in the middle of the frame. I know, I have owned a CP 5700.
Good sharpness, colours and note.
Very well done.

It is strange the effect of the "flashed bird" on the moody BG, it looks like a collage. No doubth is a different style :D
Thanks for posting.

How did the heron react to the flash?

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