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Off to Scotland!

Off to Scotland!
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma AF 100-300/f4.0 EX APO, B+W 82mm UV-HAZE
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herons, Flying images, 50 - 60 points (chapter two) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-20 13:29
Viewed: 4755
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 79
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No, of course this Heron isn't off to Scotland! It's me and my girlfriend who are preparing for our holiday to the beautiful Scotland. Therefore this will be my last post for a while. I will still continue to critique for 2 more days and then it's goodbye for 2 weeks. I hope you like this goodbye picture. I was pretty pleased with it.

This is a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea).

The Grey Heron is a tall bird with a long neck and legs, and a heavy dagger-like bill. The upperparts are grey, but the head, neck and belly are white. The crest is black, and black markings continue down the throat to the belly.

Their flight call is a loud, harsh "frarnk".

Grey Herons eat mainly fish, amphibians and small mammals.

They are solitary feeders and very patient, and will standstill for long periods stalking their prey. They will quickly empty a garden pond of fish.

They nest in tall trees and usually with other herons to form a colony, or heronry. The nest is a large platform, made from twigs and grass, built by both male and female birds.

The duties of incubating the eggs are performed by both parents. The eggs are about 60 mm by 43 mm, and pale greenish-blue. Both adults feed the young birds.
In flight the Grey Heron has a very slow wing beat, the neck is retracted into its shoulders and the legs are extended.

In or near water, they often stand motionless with their head in their shoulders, or feed alone.

Juveniles are darker with much less white and lack the long crest plumes.
Hit me!! I am already wearing my helmet! :) Seriously; just write what you think, positive or negative. I can use the lesson and I can really take the criticism. Thank you very much for taking the time to look at and criticize my photo. It is highly appreciated!

Shutter Speed: 1/1000
F-stop: f/5.0
Focal length: 300mm
Tripod: no
Flash: no

JeanMichel, carper, PDP, Fisher, Robbrown, twin, AndyB, naki, Janice, chiliu, Luc, TAZ, Runnerduck, Comandante, dew77, marhowie, ddg, christophe, Vini, gerhardt, red45, Signal-Womb, mjdundee, metcher has marked this note useful
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To gerhardt: Gewoon proberen mijn vriend! :)sAner 1 05-21 17:30
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Aha, that's the one you mentionned in a comment on mine a few days ago! Happy to see such a beautiful image, Pieter! I like the trees behind, giving more a 3D feeling than mine. Perfect shot, in the right light, with lots of details, ie the feet in the sun. I'm sure you enjoyed waiting, watching, shooting. Congratulations... and "bon voyage" to Scotland.

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2005-05-20 13:46]

Now there is a shot I wish I could take. Came close today as one of those guys passed me by as I was cycling away with my camera in the bag.. lol.. So no shot for me. This one is great. The sharpness is amazing and you can feel the movement. I also like your framing Pieter.. Thanks

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-20 13:54]

Wauw Pieter,
you did it again, fantastic photo, great sharpnes, good capture and very good in pov, fantastic job I like it a lot my friend,
gr. Jaap

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-20 14:03]

Very well done Pieter, marvellous capture. The in-flight action is great. Lovely job.

Have a great holiday - see you soon.


Alright, I'm not into saying this, however, I must, It's your best!!!
Excelent shot, crisp, clean and detailed. Beautiful capture, super.


Well I think you should be early enough to avoid the dreaded midges ;0))))))# Hope you enjoy your visit to the UK and you get some good shots.
This one looks pretty good to me, cannt see the guide wires, so nice one on the cloning (HE HE)sorry.
A very good image all sharp and well light and the BG is nicely OOF. TFS

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-05-20 14:37]

what a beautiful shot Pieter... I am happy to see this beautiful bird's eye clearly... so interesting shape of the foot while flying... duper work really..
I lke it soo much...

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-20 15:08]

Nice one Pieter,
Clear and sharp,even the eye detail is nice.
Excellent composition and perfect exposure.
Fabulous job,very well done.
Enjoy your trip to bonnie Scotland!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-20 15:18]

This is a great capture Pieter. You freeze the heron while gliding. Very good details and Dof here.
Well done.
Have a nice holiday.

Hello Pieter
Great shot with one very good exposition.

An absolutely brilliant capture Pieter,
The heron is so sharp and clear. Great composition, detail and exposure.
I just know that both you and your GF will have a fantastic time in scotland, it's a great place with some incredible scenery. Which part are you going to?
Thanks for posting

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-05-20 22:02]

Excellent shot,good composition,sharp,detail.TFS!Have a nice trip!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-21 3:22]

Hello Pieter,
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-21 3:44]

Waouh ! Belle et intéressante composition photographique bien réalisée pour ce héron aérodynamique. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Very Well Done, congratulations Pieter !

A great shot, amazing detail. GReat light in this shot too. Lovely composition and bg.

Have a lovely time here in UK. I think you'll be replacing the bird theme with the landscape one for a few weeks .........

Spectacular shot Pieter. They look so graceful when flying. The light, BG and POV are all perfect. Crisp, clear and tack sharp. Nice work. Have a wonderful and safe trip. We will miss you but know on your return we will we 'wowed' with your holiday shots.

Take care. :-)

Very good flight-in , Pieter.
Great sharpness especially the eys, good POV, nice colours and well exposed.
Very well done.
Have a great Holiday.

Great shot Pieter!
Perfect lighting,DOF,framing and details.Very well done!Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-21 5:29]

Hi Pieter, good shot of the heron. Excellent clarity and details. Does it make it look like flying is so effortless? Very well captured. TFS.
Have fun in Scotland and we expect some good shots from you when you return. Got your kilt packed?

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-21 5:43]

Hello Pieter!
Wonderful action shot.Clear eyes,lighting,details and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Great catch Pieter! Very sharp and detailed with great colors and light..Enjoy youself in Scotland OK..

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-05-21 9:19]

C'est superbe Pieter le vol de ce héron et avec cela le piqué qui est excellent. Félicitations Didier.

Great capture and detais, congratulations
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • Vini Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 27] (123)
  • [2005-05-21 11:29]
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It is simply fantastic. I could not be without contributing for the 50th point. Fantastic photo. Thanks

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-21 17:37]

Have a great holliday Pieter! I hope you'll bring back many great pictures.
This heron is superb! Ultrasharp and detailed, perfect pose, excellent composition. Frame is also very well choosen. Great work!

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-05-22 9:10]

Very nice shot in the air. Nice details.
I know that it's not easy to do it.

Now this is showing off!!! :) Exceptional in-flight Pieter. It seems that everyone gets this right except me. FANTASTIC! Very well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-22 13:24]

Hi Pieter
geniet die vakansie in Skotland, en kom veilig terug. Hoop jy het goeie weer.
Nice in flight heron. USM or PP is just a bit too evident, but the eye is nice'n sharp!

You nailed it at last, Pieter! I bet you had a great feeling when you got it home and saw the perfect image on your computer! Brilliantly in focus (the hard part!) and I like the background.
Now to try something a little faster?! :P

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-23 11:35]

Pieter, this is amazing and stunning.

Excellent composition, sharpness, pov, dof and bg.

Another masterpiece with a very nice title.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-28 7:23]

Hi Pieter,
yet another beauty.
Well controlled exposure and good colour and detail, very nice action shot.


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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-06-03 3:51]

Mooi plaat Pieter, hij is mooi scherp en goed belicht! Nice picture, well done!


Hi Pieter. Excellent capture, it is a very beautiful view and the image is really still, makes a wonderful effect. What I will not forgive you is not to post this one in large format. It would have been perfect. Regards, Felipe.

Marvelous capture Pieter, most defiantly the best in-flight shot Iv seen on TN. Excellent work.

hello:) really amaizing is this photo:) exellent POV and DOF:) so calm and nice:) great colours:)

have a nice saturday:D



this is a super image well done
i tryed one of these in flight today but came out blurry

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-19 10:59]

Maégnifique, exceptionne. J'adore ta photo. Tout est dedans y'a rien à jeter.


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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-09-05 14:47]

Perfect shot!

Hello Pieter,

THis is a extreme good shot of this elegant species. I often watch them walking through the meadows and I know how difficult it is to catsch them in full flight. Great work!


This is a very good heron shot. I like colors and sharpness of this bird. Good use of DOF.

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