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The Watchman

The Watchman
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-28 11:24
Viewed: 3437
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I do think herons are beautiful birds. When I spotted this fellow on the top of a small tree watching the lake below I couldn't resist a few shots. I liked how the breeze was blowing his feathers. Hi beak is turning a pink shade. This happens as it gets closer to the breeding season.

eqshannon, marhowie, rcrick, Luis52, NinaM, Janice, nellyemh, pablominto, jusninasirun, PaulH, fiyo, horia, Alex99, izler, Juyona, dejo, SelenE, Silvio2006 has marked this note useful
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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-28 11:45]

Hi Karan
This is great image
very nice composition
veryg good sharp and detail
well done

Great! Just super Karan. I see absolutely nothing technically wrong with this image and as far as creative work it is a classic pose and fine perch. Great image...well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-28 11:58]

Hi karen. You have captured a fine close up of this beautiful looking bird. good detail and natural loking colours. as you say the wind has helped the to blow the feathers . a good POV. well done TFS.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-01-28 12:04]

Hello Karan,

Great shot of this heron. Very nice composition. Good POV and sharpness. Beautiful light and colours. I like very much the movement of the feathers with the wind.
Well done,

Wow Karan,
excellent capture of this great Heron, very sharp colours and perfect focus, I like so much his pose and his glance
cheer and TFS,

Hello my friend Karan,
Superb shot indeed of the heron!
Amazing sharpness with very single details of this beautiful bird!
a very pleasant and pleasing composition to share
many thanks

Impresionante enfoque Karan, además, el ángulo bajo de disparo le da un aire de grandeza especial al ave. Bonitos colores y excelente control de la luz.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor

Hello Hester,
Very nice vertical shot of this heron fits the format well. The chest feathers are a neat attribute of this bird. Well done. TFS. :)

HI Karan,
Wow what a stunner, excellent POV, superb detail, very well framed, and the exposure is spot-on, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-28 18:13]

Hola Karan.
Elegante la pose de esta hermosa especie. Muy agradables y finos colores.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-28 18:46]

Hi Karan, you are right, the feathers in the wind is superb, it gives movement and life to this fantastic shot of a beautiful bird. The light adds to the wind and the pose is perfect. Great shot wonderfully captured, thank you,


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-01-28 20:28]

Hi Karan, what a WONDERFUL portrait of this beautiful bird. The colours, details, and sharpness are really good. He looks so good standing up there on the branch.
Well done

Wow - stunning! Great detail - i like the note too...didn't know their beaks changed color.

Hello Karan,
I will think he has fine control from up there!
A fine bird indeed, captured with excellent details in the plumage...
Presentation is well composed, good light gives fine colours!
Pablo -

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-28 23:58]

Hi Karan,

A nice capture of this hero,the light is great in this upload,I have always difficulties to approach these (here) shy birds,



Hello Karen,
This is a beautiful bird making it more beautiful with this stunning shot. I have tried captured a few white birds against the sky but did not come out good.

When I see this, I was thinking of some 3-D manipulation of an object. Really awesome with all the details and clarity you have managed really well. Incredibly flawless and I hope you won't mind me adding this to my personal theme and my favorite post.

Very well done.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-29 1:26]

Hi Karan,
amazing how he can perch there with ease on such a thin looking branch!The ruffled neck feathers are a really nice touch and your sharp focus and composition really do him justice.
PT :o)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-29 2:22]

Hi Karan,
this Heron looks very proud and majestic up on that tree with the wind blowing his/her feathers :)
Excellent sharpness and detail.
Great composition as well.
Nice lighting.
Well done,

Very nice Karan.
It's well composed with a great POV & pose. Love those feathers both high & low on the neck splayed out by the wind, cool :)
Very good DOF, detail, color, and exposure also.
Well done!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-29 3:07]

Fantastic shot Karan, very nice capture with a superb composition. TFS

I think that they are great and elegant birds too! I like the way the wind hits its neck's feathers which gives a nice movement at the picture. Details, POV, exposure and composition are wonderful! This is beautiful!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-29 7:24]

Hi Karan

Nice to see you’re doing splendid works with both a nice zoom lens and the wide angle one; you are a well accomplished photographer!
This is a splendid shot of this majestic heron!
The title for this one is perfect in my opinion and it's pose says it all.
The details are also very good - clear and sharp - and i really like the different textures of the plumage.
Nice colors and excellent composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

Bonjour Karan
Très belle prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et lumière, très beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-29 9:58]

Hi Karan.
What a cute bird you have pictured with great skill. I like crisp sharpness of the image and excellent exposure despite the contrast scene. Pose and glance of the heron are amazing as well as the composition of the picture. I also like exact selection of the title. Bravo and kind regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-29 10:27]

Hello Karan,
Fantastic photo of this windy Heron. Excellent sharpness, details, colours, POV and composition. Beautiful BG.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-29 13:04]

hi karan
good capturing of this beautiful heron that was giving nice pose to you
i like composition, POV, BG, lighting, colours, sharpness and details

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-29 13:16]

Maravilloso trabajo amiga,
perfecto pov y excelente foco...
saludos Karan.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-30 4:16]

Hi Karan,
Outstanding shot of this heron and you have captured a fine pose here. Great colours and the lighting and exposure levels are just perfect. The whitish BG helps in making it stand out. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-30 6:51]

Well done Karan on this beautiful shot of the Heron, good POV and great details. The composition and exposure are excellent ! Thanks,


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-31 0:35]

Hello Karan,
You captured this nice bird in really magnificent pose!
nice POV and composition,
best regards, Dejan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-31 15:09]

Hi Karan,

Wonderful shot of this Heron. Nice pose standing on the tree. I love the blowing feathers - they make the picture really special. Lovely colors and details of this stately looking bird.


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-31 18:56]

Bonjour Karan,

Quelle superbe prise, le point de vue rend ce héron si majestueux et élégant. Excellente lumière qui donne de belles couleurs naturelles. Un focus parfait sur tout l'oiseau. Bravo pour cette jolie composition!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-01 1:11]

Hi Karan,
Very nice capture of this heron, the light is beautiful. POV, pose you captured, details and composition look so nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Kara, beautiful Heron in great pose with splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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