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Ignominiously Grabbed for Lunch
Ignominiously Grabbed for Lunch

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Challenge: Transitions II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Herons and Other Water Birds
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Alexandria, VA
Date: Jun 7, 2007
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 7, 2007

I had wanted to get a picture of a tadpole with legs, or frog with a tail, but nothing came out nearly as well as the pictures I got of this Green Heron, who showed up to hunt his own frogs. He was way more successful than I was! This was at midday which is not my favorite light by a longshot, but this guy is apparently a rare sight according to the locals, and I took the opportunity I had. Focus looks a little off to me on his head but I think it's due to motion and since this is Basic I can't try to fix it!

PP - converted from RAW, cropped, HDR (automatically adjusts saturation and contrast across the image, as far as I can tell), adjusted saturation, USM, added border, resized, sharpened, increased contrast and decreased gamma slightly

Place: 80 out of 304
Avg (all users): 5.8367
Avg (commenters): 7.8571
Avg (participants): 5.5645
Avg (non-participants): 6.0353
Views since voting: 1221
Views during voting: 250
Votes: 147
Comments: 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/16/2007 11:11:04 PM
What a great capture! I only wish there was more focus on the beak/face of the bird and frog instead of the body.
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06/15/2007 11:53:55 PM
that is a priceless catch! 8
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06/14/2007 07:29:06 PM
nice shot, good colors, only unfortunate drawback i would say is that post behind the bird looks like it's attached to him.
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06/14/2007 12:34:29 PM
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06/14/2007 06:45:46 AM
A little blurry, but excellent capture. Envious. 8
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06/14/2007 02:07:53 AM
Talk about capturing the moment. Well done psart
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06/14/2007 01:00:39 AM
Love these Green Herons and this is a great catch of it grabbing lunch. I'd say this is transition from hunger to satisfied. ;-)
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