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Grey Heron in Flight

Grey Heron in Flight
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma AF 70-200 F2.8 Apo EX DG HSM, Digital ISO 250
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-07 10:44
Viewed: 3788
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A 3rd Bird shot post in a row, this one a rare shot of a Grey Heron, why rare well with-out a good long lens so you can kept distant from them of they fly away before you can get close enough to get a shot.
This is only the 2nd time I have got close enough to get a reasonable image. This one I got by sneaking down quietly though one of my nursery tunnels and managed to get my head and camera around the irragation pump house on the edge of the lake with-out disturbing it standing on the edge of the lake waiting for small fish or frogs to swim along the edge of the bank. I had the camera set to continous focus and continious shooting so that when as expected it heard me press the shulter the load clunk of the Nikon sent it into a paniced upwards launch into flight and although I managed to keep it in frame most of the intermeadiate shots are motion blurred due to speed of the herons departure and slowness of the sigma's focusing motor, but as it cleared the trees behind it slowed as it turned and allowed the lens to catch up and there were 2 sharp images this being the best IMO?

Shot in RAW
converted to Tiff in Rawshooter
Opened in PS(CS),
Cropped to size about 25% with some of the Ash tree left in the bottom corner to add a bit of scale and to anchor the image with the heron moving up and out of the image.
Shadows and Highlights , mainly to lighten the shadow under the far wing in shadow and darken a tiny fraction the underside ot the other wing and head which were a bit bright.
Sharpen with USM
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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-07 10:50]

Nice in-flight action captured here. Lovely pose and a great composition



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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-01-07 15:39]

Hi Robert,
Strange how this one hasn't received more praise as it is in my opinion a lovely image.I am able to identify with your comments as both Shir (shirgold) and I both tried to get a decent image of this beautiful bird a couple of weeks back....but failed miserably!Managed to get a nice one of a group perched on a tree but not a closeup.You have done well to get such good detail and clarity.A well balanced exposure so that he is distinct on the plain background.Well done and TFS.
Regards, David

Hi Robert,
This must be an excitement to capture this grey heron in flight. Good technique and impressive result. Congratulations.

Hello Rob, nice capture, perfect timing and good sharpness.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-08 2:47]

Hi Robert!

Very nice catch. Beautifull, big bird in majestic pose. Very nice light, good colour of sky. Twigs are slightly disturbing, but not very much. I like it!

Hi Rob,
Greatly capturing this flying grey heron. Blue sky was nicely used for BG.
Sharp and neat.
Great shot.

bonjour robert
voila ce qui se passe lorsque j'approche,il s'envole bien souvent avant même que je je l'ai vu!
un bon cliché bien net et detaillé.

Hi Robert,
Nicely timed capture. Good exposure and and POV. These guys are very hard to get a good capture of in our part of the world...very nervous. I'd probably crop a tad tighter on the top of the image...maybe a bit to the left as well. Tip for inflights with the D200...set the AF to "continuous" and go for grouped pattern AF sensor setup. This appears to be the way to get the D200 focus the fastest...your Sigma should be fast enough to keep up. Also, set the release in the custom menus to focus priority as opposed to shutter or FPS release.

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