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I Wonder, "Which Came First?"

I Wonder,
Photo Information
Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds - Aves Acuáticas, Herons, Herons, Herons, Heron [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-15 2:39
Viewed: 3120
Points: 34
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The Heron or the egg?

Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias

More Info on the Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron ponders existance as it watches the world go by at the end of the Texas City Dike. I wonder what it sees?...What it thinks?...Does it have an opinion?...A conscience?...What does it think of the human animal?...Does it have a philosophy on life?...Does it wonder, "Which came first, the Heron or the egg?" If only it could speak.

I know the majority of you don't like the BG but this is it's natural environment. This is not a zoo photo nor a wildlife preserve photo, this bird is in the wild and I photographed it as such. :)

Cropped, sharpened, Neat Image noise reduction and resized for posting.

eqshannon, JORAPAVI, angybone, marhowie, earthtraveler, Royaldevon, pierrefonds, SelenE, lawhill, uleko has marked this note useful
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This one is in your top ten list Jim. Super clean focus and colors as well as composition are all great! Put up a wining number for yourself.

Hola Jim,
Precioso retrato, destacando sobre el fondo con gran nitidez, bonito POV. Saludos
José Ramón

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

Why the Heron of course! That's easy. ha ha

Great shot....wonderful composition. Love the positioning of the subject on the stone. And Texas City in the background makes a significant statement...which can be read many different ways. :)
Good photo!

Hi Jim,
Nice & sharp with very good exposure, color, DOF, POV, and details.
I would be nit-picking if I suggested a little bit less space behind? ;}
A matter of taste for this capture..
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-15 7:10]

Hello Jim,
Good question!
My theory is that as the ancestors of a heron way back in time were not as what we regognise as herons, somewhere along the line an egg was layed that hatched to reveal a heron, so my answer is THE EGG! Maybe the heron knows this already.
I thought this up as I was admiring your shot of this Great Blue with fine technical merits in a fine composition with a blurred BG that's quite OK, as it represents these beauties having to put up with what we do to the environment.
Thanks for sharing this one,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-15 8:18]

Hi Jim,

A beautiful Heron standing tall and proud as if to say he can conquer the environment. The background may be different from what we usually see but it adds to the picture because it makes a point. Perfect capture of the Heron with beautiful colors and excellent clarity. The face and plummage are wonderful.


Fine heron image Jim. Nicely lit and detailed focus.
Great pose. You right I'm not thrilled with the industrial BG estheticaly SP? but that's a Heron's life these days.

This is a cracking shot, Jim!
Wonderful sharp focus, lovely detail,
great composition and well saturated colours!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Jim,

A good POV of the great blue heron, the photo has a goode compostion, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-15 15:30]

Hi Jim,
Nice capture of this great blue heron with good POV, composition, colors and lighting. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Jim,
Great shot of this Heron, look it pose for you
on the pod, well done TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-16 7:36]

Hello Jim,
Of course we can't deny that there's plenty of "wildlife" that's adopted to our way of life and thrive in the human environment!! As long as they don't get poisoned by all our rubbish we're lucky to have many of them close by. This one seems to keep a fair distance anyway! Lovely capture in beautiful light. Sharp details and fine colours too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Nice capture Jim. Color, sharpness and exposure are all good. It might have been just a touch better had you been able to move a bit one way or the other so that the tower didn't interesect with the tip of the heron's beak. I suppose herons have survived so long because they are adaptable.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-17 11:36]

Hi Jim,
Outstanding shot of this Blue Heron with fabulous details on its plumage and neat focus. The lighting and the BG are so natural and lively. Excellent POV to portray this fine pose and very nicely composed. Kudos.

* A good question from you, needs to be seriously pondered. I like Ivan's argument, very original. Let me think up something fresh too.

what a magnificent picture.he is really taking the pose for you!!!lucky photographer!

hi jim,

great eye contact with a superbe composition.

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