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Great Egret

Great Egret
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-09-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-10-04 17:48
Viewed: 1448
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This past weekend Rosie and I traveled to Hocking Hills State Park located near Logan Ohio. Stopping along the shores of Lake Logan we watched a small group of Great Egrets for about 45 minutes.

I took quite a few photos as they slowly waded back and forth in front of us. What a thrilling time we had watching them spear fish with the precision of an archer. This particular bird eventually decided to leave the group which gave me the opportunity for an inflight shot.

The hardest part for me when photographing all white birds is getting the correct exposure. Except for the upper wing appearing a bit blown out, this was the best I could do with the lighting that was available

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Hello Ron,
What a beauty, magnificent click, sharp, well exposed, fine details, all good and thanks for the notes.

Hello Ron,
Beautiful picture of this 'Great Egret' in flight. Like the way you have framed it. Good details and exposure. Sharpness is good too.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2016-10-05 10:40]

Hi Ron

A real beauty. You did perfect work with light management, very good details, beautiful pose.



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-10-05 11:49]

Hi Ron,lovely in flight capture! Not the most rare bird in the world..ehehe..but the way that you show us it is fantastic.Great timing,perfect exposure and impressive sharpness too,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2016-10-05 14:12]

Hello Ron!
What a lovely action shot! This Great Egret was so well photographed in full flight.I loved it! The Bg is amazing!Well done! TFS

hallo Ron
very good picture with nice details and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-10-07 1:32]

Hello Ron,
Very nice photo of this Great Egret in flight in difficult light conditions. Good details specially on the right wing. Beautiful contrasting colors. Excellent composition.

Ciao Ron, great capture of fantastic in flight Egret, perfect focus, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors

Hello Ron – Very attractive picture of this Ardea alba (great egret) with an excellent view in full flight showing us all the details of the movement of feather from the wings. Your picture shows also the general position of all the bird in flight; such a capture is not so frequent.

Technical achievement

• Excellent focus on the wings and more generally on all the bird ; with a special mention to the feather of the wings
• I agree with you, regarding the upper wing being a little bit blown out; maybe could you have improved this aspect through the post processing (starting from your raw file and making an exposure correction)
• Acceptable exposure with an appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso; possibly could it have be appropriate to make an exposure correction before to shot
• Perfect depth of field and sharpness – The lateral view is a good choice
• Good contrast
• Excellent sharpness showing all the details of the feathers
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendering for the bird
• Acceptable post processing without any excess
• Good background blur
• Background being a little bit too present; but, with birds in full flight, we often haven’t any choice.


• Interesting picture and good capture.
• Efficient framing and composition with an appropriate disposition of the subject inside the frame. Good composition in lateral capture, showing all the details of the bird
• Interesting to compare your Ardea alba (great egret), mainly from Americas with our Egretta garzetta (small egret), mainly from Europa, Asia and Africa (in fact, very few differences between the two species (mainly the size)

Thank you for the sharing.

Have a good day.


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