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Feet - Taken for Granted Until They Are Gone
Feet - Taken for Granted Until They Are Gone

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Challenge: A Part of A Thing (Standard Editing)
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD Zuiko Lens ED
Location: Stubblefield Lake, Texas, USA.
Date: Sep 23, 2017
Aperture: 7.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Macro, Birds
Date Uploaded: Sep 24, 2017

The feet of a Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias) holding on to a tree branch while it hunts for breakfast at Stubblefield Lake, Texas, USA.

I was specifically after the feet of a Great Blue Heron on Saturday for this challenge. Took this while holding the camera over the edge of my kayak to get the eye level perspective of his feet. Goes to show how good the IBIS in Olympus is because I had my 2x TC on the lens.........giving me an effective 800mm of reach for this photograph. Not bad for shooting at 1/500 while holding a camera over the side of a kayak and using the rear LCD for framing.

Place: 7 out of 51
Avg (all users): 6.1154
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 6.0370
Avg (non-participants): 6.2000
Views since voting: 550
Views during voting: 107
Votes: 52
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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10/04/2017 12:57:07 PM
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' sidpixel Thank you for the always great critique. For you and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' kiwinick I seldom shoot vertical shots and for this shot I was after the feet, to show they grasp onto branches to hold on. I did take a few vertical shots but when he was on a different branch and they just didn't appeal to me. I also feel that horizontal shots do better on the screen when people are voting (here and at other places) because they show more of the image at a larger size. In 160 challenges I have entered 4 vertical shots..............
10/03/2017 04:37:09 PM
Hello from the critique club

An unusual viewpoint that meets the challenge well.

A great perspective Ronnie! Your write up helps enormously in imaging the difficulties you encountered, well done in overcoming them with such an effective shot. Whilst I do like your unusual approach I have some agreement with kiwinick. Because these legs are so distinctive and because you can imagine them belonging to a bird with long legs there is a strong argument that they ought to be exploited to the full. If you have any portrait orientation shots it would be interesting to make a comparison
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10/02/2017 11:08:30 PM
gripping indeed. and I like the story.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/01/2017 11:50:42 PM
Nice detail. Top few.
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10/01/2017 11:43:47 PM
Excellent close up shot. Good idea for the challenge too.
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10/01/2017 11:16:01 PM
Bump 9
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09/25/2017 04:34:08 PM
I would have cropped to a vertical and rid the photo of all the excess straw etc,
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09/25/2017 12:13:18 AM
great shot!!!
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