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Nest Building

Nest Building
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Copyright: Scott Roland (Scott) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-23 9:54
Viewed: 3094
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Herons build huge nests in the trees overlooking my favorite little lake. I simply sit quietly in my kayak shooting straight up. Which always makes me feel unbalanced.
When I see this one, and some of my in flights there seems to be some noise around them that is not apparent on my monitor. Does anyone else have that have that experience?

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-23 10:43]

Espetacular esta foto,fotografou com uma técnica exelente contra luz que é dificil obter nitides e conseguiu, parabéns por esta magnifica foto.

hello Scott

i will start about the noise your talking,
in my Mac's monitor i dont see noise

excellent inflight shot of this heron with under his beak little
branches to build his nest, excellent timing too shoot it in photo,
excellent POV showing us the underparts of the heron and
excellent details of his plumage, excellent sharpness and framing,



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-23 11:05]

Hello Scott,
This a fine in-flight of a Great Blue Heron. Ilike the POV, and composition and the nest building twig that it bears is a plus.
This is pretty sharp and the exposure against the blue sky is excellent.
The noise you mentioned is not that apparent on my screen but becomes more noticeable with a higher magnification, which I think makes it trivial.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-23 13:05]

Hi Scott
great image
very good sharp and composition
well done.

Hi Scott,

Excellent capture of a bit funny action. Will take a long time for a big bird like Heron to built a nest with loads like that. Great details, colours and composition.

Thanks for sharing


Hi Scott, Fine inflight of this heron. Very good detail seen and wonderful wingspread pose. The nest material is a bonus.
I see very minimal noise in the sky. tfs Richard

Hi Scott,

Very beautiful in flight shot!
Excellent composition with the diagonal lines of the wings and body/head of the Heron.
Great sharpness and the way the bird does stand out against the blue sky, the details in the feathers and the small branch it does carry in the bill are most wonderful.
Perfect work. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

I see a strange noise...I think incorrect post-processing

well composed

(sorry for my bad english)

Bella cattura in volo con il rametto nel becco, ottima composizione con le ali completamente aperte e perfette sulla diagonale, buoni i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-30 1:06]

Hello Scott,
Terrific in-flight capture of the Grey Heron collecting material for its nest. Wonderful light showing very sharp details and lovely colours. Lovely blue sky too and I like the diagonal cropping.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-04-01 14:31]
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Hi Scott

Wragtig pragtig, hierdie blou reier van jou. (How's that to awaken some of your Afrikaans abilities a wee bit again?)

I downloaded your photo so I could enlarge it to see if I could pick up the noise you were referring to, because I could not notice it at the normal view on the TrekNature viewer. Only at 150% enlargement did it become evident and only so in the sky where there is a uniformed mass so it was easier to see the deviation in that area. Whilst on the detail of the bird it did not yet become that obvious, so I do not believe you should be much concerned about that aspect at all. After all, at the allowed pixel size that we prepare and post our TrekNature photos it is definitely not intended to be magnified and then being ripped apart in a critique. However, if this really bothers you, why not just apply some noise reduction filter like NeatImage to the BG area only?

I just love this diagonal composition and it is a fine in-flight shot of this blue heron carrying the little twig to go and add it to his nest and in the process does his bit to perpetuate the existence of his species. The exposure was well managed and one can see excellent details and contrasts in the underwing and body areas. The head does appear a little soft though, but that is possibly due to a little movement and no big nit.

Well done under trying circumstances and TFS.

PS. Thanks for your e-mail the other day. Your insights and understanding of the specific matter was greatly appreciated.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-03 8:22]

Hello Scott

Excellent detail and colour.
The POV is wonderful.
Nicely composed in the frame.
The twigs in the beak are a nice touch.


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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2008-06-02 1:59]

Very nice colours, composition.
The fringing-noise is normally due to too-heavy USM'ing. Might that be the reason


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