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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
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Copyright: Penny Harms (nellyemh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 1 N: 159] (767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-01 13:47
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Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am not sure how this is going to look once it's uploaded. I took a lot of pictures of this heron, and this is not the best of the bunch, but I so enjoyed looking at the wingspan and just how beautiful they look in flight, that I thought I would share this on TN. It looks alright on my computer, but I have a feeling that once uploaded I will lose color saturation (even after I converted to sRGB profile). I did sharpen a bit - I hope not too much. Tomorrow I will post another pose that is much sharper.
Until then - thanks for looking!
Great Blue Heron: Large, elegant heron with blue-gray back, black sides, and gray-and-white striped belly. Long neck is gray with black-bordered white throat stripe. Head has white face, cap, and black crest. Upper mandible is dark, while lower mandible is yellow. Direct flight on steady wing beats.

Range and Habitat:
Breeds locally from coastal Alaska, south-central Canada, and Nova Scotia south to Mexico and West Indies. Spends winters as far north as southern Alaska, central U.S., and southern New England. Preferred habitats include lakes, ponds, rivers, and marshes.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-01 13:59]

Hi Penny. This is a good inflight shot of the Heron.good detail and very natural colours. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

hello Penny

superb inflight shot, the pov is excellent and the framing too,
i love that you let a very good space in front of the heron,
there is a good sharpness in the image,

to froze better the bird's movement in the photo,
maybe you should shoot at ISO400, the aperture
be at 4.9 or 5.6 to let pass more light
and the shutter speed be more faster,
i am not an expert to that kind of photos
but it is what i would, TFS


Hello Penny
This is so good..Mr Heron is sharp and in focus from end to end...the location is beautiful..and and and..nothing!!!
I cant wait until tommorrows picture!!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-02 6:38]

Hi Penny, the colours are superb, I like it natural and bright like this. The flight of the heron is so gracious, you captured a very nice moment and I understand very well your passion for its beauty, well shown here. Thank you!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-02 21:50]

Hello Penny

This is a very good in flight shot.I like the composition.
You have a very good perspective on this one.
Lovely colours and details.
The natural setting makes a beautiful backdrop.


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