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Frog out of Water
Frog out of Water

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Water II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Near Edinburgh
Date: Mar 23, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 23, 2006

When i came across this grey heron, he just assumed the startled straight-neck stance and refused to budge. But once i stayed still long enough, he suddenly started ignoring me completely, no matter how much i moved, and went back to his fishing. He caught two frogs, this is the second - after the first, i knew exactly where he was looking for them and catching the right moment was quite simple.

No crop! A first for me, for a wildlife shot. Cloning to remove a few stray droplets and shorten some of the more obtrusive grass blades (but not outright removing anything), burning the background and foreground to make the heron and his prey stand out more, overall contrast and brightness adjustment, resize and a little USM.

Place: 8 out of 287
Avg (all users): 6.7742
Avg (commenters): 7.4667
Avg (participants): 6.8131
Avg (non-participants): 6.7215
Views since voting: 2503
Views during voting: 271
Votes: 186
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)

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04/03/2006 11:51:35 AM
Amazing! This image inspires me to be more patient. I would have given this a 10.
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04/03/2006 12:55:45 AM
Quite a catch for both bird and photographer. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/02/2006 11:36:42 PM
Quite a capture. Bump.
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04/02/2006 10:12:43 PM
Are you kidding me? I can't even get a horse to move his head and you got a heron pulling a frog from a pond?!?!?! Very good...9
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04/02/2006 07:23:12 PM
Poor little froggy. i'm calln' PETA.
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04/02/2006 12:23:25 PM
Well done and sitting and waiting for this photo as I would imagine it was not chance! A very nice photo.
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04/01/2006 03:54:48 PM
Yeah, that's more like it. Two years ago I said I'd only score birds like these high when they were actually doing something like catching a fish. Cool catch, for the bird and you. :)
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03/31/2006 08:03:54 PM
Great timing, great capture. Poor frog!
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03/30/2006 02:11:10 PM
another one i feel deserves a ribbon this is amazing
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03/30/2006 07:23:07 AM
WOW! -- amazing image!
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03/28/2006 09:57:15 PM
Incredible capture. Congratulations.
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03/28/2006 05:35:06 PM
nice action shot, color..
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03/27/2006 11:48:21 AM
great catch!
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03/27/2006 08:42:57 AM
Being a bird shot lover, naturally this got a 10 from me. Great capture (by you and the bird!) :)
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03/27/2006 08:32:19 AM
Excellent Capture! I tried for a couple of hours to get some Cormorants diving for frogs & fish. While I got some good shots, they do not compare to your.

Well done.
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03/27/2006 01:18:09 AM
aaaargh...the animal lovers will cringe, but good lunch for the bird and a fantastic shot for you...hope you get in the top 10...9
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03/27/2006 12:39:18 AM
great capture .. but I don't see how the water is the subject here
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