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Challenge: Extended Free Study 2017-09 (Extended Editing)
Collection: Challenge Stuff
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 150mm f/2.0 Zuiko Digital
Location: Stubblefield Lake, Texas, USA.
Date: Sep 16, 2017
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Action, Birds
Date Uploaded: Oct 10, 2017

A Green Heron (Butorides Virescens) catches a minnow by diving in the water and leaping back to his branch. Taken from my Ascend H12 kayak on the West Fork of the Jacinto near Lake Stubblefield, Texas, USA.

I know this image will not do well in the Extended Free Study but I wanted to share it because it's one of my favorites from last month. I love how the narrow DoF captured his eyes just barely in focus and blurred everything else into a kind of quietness.

I should add that I used the EC-14 (1.4x TC) for this image. So it's 210mm or an effective 420mm of reach.

Photograph taken handheld from my kayak and the only crop is a small amount from straitening. I was really close to him.

Place: 12 out of 52
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10/23/2017 04:47:54 AM
Hello from the critique club

A great action shot that contributes to the open challenge well

What a great shot Ronnie, you have every right to be well proud of this cracking action shot. The focus is perfect the eyes and minnow are the most important aspects and they are nicely captured. I like the shape of his wings in the background and the disturbance on the water as he takes off. All that against the soft focus backdrop is a delight. What a great combination your canoe, lens and a patient, proficient you, keep ‘em coming Ronnie…
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/21/2017 09:47:01 PM
Really like this shot! I appreciate the patience in taking this shot! :)
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10/21/2017 07:24:25 AM
Startling Image. This is a great capture and should do well in the Challenge...
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10/19/2017 07:40:05 PM
great capture - green herons are awfully quick when they get going!
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10/19/2017 10:34:14 AM
Awesome capture.
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