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For my next embodiment I would like...II

For my next embodiment I would like...II
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Canon Tele-converter TC-DC58B 1,5X
Exposure: f/8, 8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros II, 5 favs. and up [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-18 10:26
Viewed: 6652
Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For my next embodiment I would like to be a ......
Great Blue Heron II
Ardea herodias

Interesting notes: This is the best known and most widespread of all North American Herons. One subspecies of the great blue heron is the great white heron (A.h. occidentalis), named for its totally white plumage. Formerly a separate species, it is now considered a "white-phase" of the great blue heron. "Phase," in ornithology, is usually used to describe the coloration of a subspecies. When I first heard of a bird's "red-phase" or "white-phase" I immediately assumed it was only that way for a short time, in the way that we all go through "phases" of our life. Picasso had a "blue-phase," for example, but it didn't last. The "white-phase" of the great blue heron, however, does not change and a more accurate label would be "white-version." The great white heron is confined largely to southern Florida, but is reported to show up in other areas of North America.
The great blue heron hunts for fish by day as well as by night and employs two methods, "Standing" and "Walking Slowly." When "Standing" it will stand motionless in a shallow pool of water, waiting patiently until a fish comes close enough to pluck from the water. When "Walking Slowly" it carefully treads its way through the water, keeping its neck stretched outward and forward. If it catches a small fish it will immediately swallow it. If the fish is too large the heron will take it onto the shore, kill it first by beating it into the ground, then pick it apart by biting off bits and pieces.

I have posted two missed ones as WS. Thank you for looking.
Have a good week.

Comandante, marhowie, dew77, elihesam, GATTACA, ddg, wallhalla15, AdrianW, christophe, AndyB, red45, chiliu, coasties, puffy, Janice, shirgold, gerhardt, milloup, jstewart, odin has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
creative imageswinterpalace 1 12-08 05:55
To vijay76: Yes it does, and greatly!...Luc 1 08-31 09:59
To livios: Please, send me this bird ;-)...Luc 4 07-19 20:45
To elihesam: Please look for the WS...Luc 1 07-18 11:14
To marhowie: The sun was sleeping ;-)Luc 1 07-18 11:05
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Hello Luc!
Perfect capture.It looks like a painting picture.
Lighting and POV are amazing.Thanks for sharing.

Superbe photo Luc !
Très bel photo, la gestion du temps d'exposition est bien maitrisé.
Bravo !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-18 11:00]

Hello Luc!
I'm agree with Cem you shot looks like painting.Excellent work.Into my favr.TFS...:-)

8 Seconds the Heron stand just for You?!

ohh!...he knew that you was shooting:))

But this is amazing result,My words can not be very nice for this wonderful unbelievable shot which I believe:)
Let see more,just look at it without more words,like a dream at night,...

Best Regards

Great shot, Luc.
It's like a dream, very beautiful.
You must have very patient and co-operative models;-))
Very good composition, nice colours and good sharpness.
Great work, my very young old friend.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-07-18 12:27]

Bonjour Luc, superbe tableau, c'est du grand art !! Tout est bon , mes félicitations . Didier.Je mets cette photo dans mes favorites.

Hello Luc, what a excellent picture!!!! It´s fantastic. I really like the composition. A great game of colours and light.

Very good shot! I love the stillness and serenity that this shot imparts. The rock is an interesting addition, but I must say I find it slightly draws attention away from the heron... The only other thing I'm not quite sure about is the colour balance - it seems fractionally blue/cyan/green to me. Anyway excellent work :-D

Salut Luc
Encore un superbe effet de file
Excellent shot

Amicalement Christophe

Hi Luc
This is wonderful, it is just like a dream...

A very good slow shot, good job herons stand very still when fishing, I love slow water shots they make for real unworldy pictures, I just love the WS it real works for me, TFS them all

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-18 16:46]

An excellent capture Luc,
A very dreamlike result and perfectly exposed.
Superb,well done.


Bonjour Luc.
Quelle très belle prise. L'idée de le prendre en basse vitesse est excellente, ce n'est plus de l'eau, c'est en quelque sorte un rêve d'out sort l'oiseau et toute la magie que le photographe apporte a l'image.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-18 18:47]

Incredible picture Luc! Just fantastic! Eight seconds - almost unbelivable - but the effect is simply amazing. Lovely, arty photo with blurred, haze-like water and frozen heron. These birds must have got nerves of steel ;-) Superb!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-18 20:15]

Wow! What a great picture, Luc!
Perfectly work with lighting and timing, amazimg colour.
Superb shot!

Bonjour Luc,
Une autre très jolie photo de ce héron. L'effet de l'eau donne un côté poétique et très artistique à votre photo.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-07-18 22:14]

The pics so dreamy&painting.Excellent shot!8sec exposure make water milkey effect!Verynice.

You really took great advantage of this bird's stillness in making the water misty with a long exposure. So lovely!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-07-19 1:42]

Salut Luc,Ca va?
You have a wonderfully framed heron photo here.I love this composition.
I like the way picture looks,Nice water freeze,awesome ps work.This picture looks so dreamy:)TFS

Hello Luc

Wow... this is an impressive shot. It is surreal. I love the effect. Excellent colours. Wonderful Luc. Thanks.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-07-19 6:03]

Wooow... Nice shot Luc, Beautiful shot... just perfect... I agree with Cem, it really look like painting! Excellent, 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)
  • [2005-07-19 6:10]

Luc, you make it look quite eerie, ghostly, mysterious, moody! Wonderful result of your long time exposure. Just shows how still the bird stands there. PERFECT!

Hello Luc, Is this a dream or the real thing? ;-) Interesting and unique effect you have created here with the 8 second exposure my friend, Well done!

This is excellent and has great visual impact.
Light, colours and blurred water create great mood.
It simply must go to my fav's.

Luc, eight secondes?! Please, send me this bird. Very nice idea. The effect is very nice; a dreamy picture.

I also enjoyed the workshops.

Excellent photo, Luc!
Very impressive, painting-like background. Nice composition, and lights.
Well done!

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-07-19 12:21]

Hi Luc,
What a fantastic celebration of framed in nature - absolutely perfect. Great picture, excellent colours and very good atmosphere. I really like this photo. Regards, Krzysztof

WOW! A work of art, MF. This is inspiring. I am gonna try this for sure.

Composition/placement: ****
Exposure: ****
Focus/sharpness: ***
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Impact: *****

Overall: ****

*Acceptable, **Average, ***Good, ****Great, *****Outstanding

What did you pay him to make him stand so still for all of 8 seconds? ;-)
These slow-shutter captures of moving water always take my fancy, and this one is no exception. Pity the stone is not on the other side of the heron, as that would have balanced the photo better, but asking him to move over as well as stand still would probably have been too much ;-)

Bonjour Luc,
C'est magnifique! Bravo!! One of the best shots on this site I have seen. I think I remember a similar one on Trek Earth, but I haven't searched for it. Perhaps you should to compare. Beautiful juxtaposition of the still and the moving. Perfect focus for both those elements.

8 seconds exposure, unreal.
A very different type of shot Luc, well done. Love the dreamy water flow. Excellent composition.

Hello Luc and here I am with my new way of writing critiques. You asked for it, pal. ;)



*Composition:3, a little too less space on the right, too much in the bottom.

*Details:4, still a lot of details are visible in spite of the strange effect. The Heron must have been like a statue! ;)

*Exposure:5, eight seconds of light at f8 ... Amazing! :)

*Colors:5, nice and vivid. The effect you created is STUNNING!

*Note:4, always good enough from your hand.

Scale 1-5, 5 is the best.

Hello Luc,

I hope you will not think my new way of writing critiques is cold, hard and impersonal (Hi Janice! ;)). I am trying to make my new way of writing critiques better and better all the time and I hope I will succeed.

I love the effect you created and alone for that this post deserves 2 points. I think I would have rather seen a panoramic version instead of a square though. That's why I fixed you a workshop. I hope you don't mind.

Regards and always in a very friendly way,

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  • Facsi (28)
  • [2005-08-15 7:02]

Nice photo! Firtst I thinked the water to oil, but after I read 8 sec, everything has cleared. Great shot!

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-08-18 9:57]

Bonjour Luc,

Vraiment, l'oeil de l'artiste habite en toi. Ce Héro est tout simplement merveilleux et a une note quelque peu mistique. Incroyable Bravo

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  • hvdp Silver Star Critiquer [C: 24 W: 1 N: 3] (210)
  • [2005-08-29 4:27]

Bravo Luc pour la prise de risque. Le résultat est à la hauteur!
Il y a l'idée, l'instant magique et la maitrise technique.

thats an amazing pic Luc. Does the image stabilizer in S2 IS does its job? Jus curious cuz i recently had to choose between Nikon 4800 and Canon. I went for Nikon for its optics and lower price. Guess i didnt compromise a lot

Hi Luc, this is wonderful, moody, artistic, like others have said - a painting with a camera. You used an 8 second exposure to get the blurred water and yet the bird has come out well too. I can understand the rock being sharp, but a heron? Wow :) An absolutely incredible shot and inspirational, TFS :)

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2006-11-25 11:49]

great exposure time work!
the bird must have known you, because it did not move while you took the picture
great POV.
me like!!

incredible shot

very very excellent shot slow speed work graet timing bird stand.

Hi Luc

A creative image indeed. I do not think I'd want to be a Heron with my feet in cold water most of the day...:-)



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