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Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Grand Haven, Mi
Date: Jul 9, 2009
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jul 24, 2009

This bird is tough to capture, when approached they "keep their distance", and when in a rubber inflated boat - best for me to not get too close to the sharp beak. DOF was a bit of a challenge - wings and body were sharp, but the head is not a sharp as I would like.

Place: 260 out of 419
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Avg (commenters): 7.0000
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Avg (non-participants): 5.5625
Views since voting: 538
Views during voting: 225
Votes: 149
Comments: 6
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08/09/2009 09:19:45 AM
Perfect shot, in my opinion. No need to enhance with Photoshop effects...
08/09/2009 08:53:39 AM
Hi from the CC Club,

What a gorgeous Heron, amazing capture.

As you wrote in your notes the head is not as sharp as it could be, but it is pretty close to it. I believe that this shot is just a tad bit too bright. The foreground and background are so bright that they are almost over powering the bird. Toning down the greens a little in Post processing would have made the bird pop off the page.

Dodging and burning would have been your friend in this shot. Saturation sponge/selective colours, curves could have brought out the intense colours of the bird.

I think you did an amazing job for sitting in a rubber boat, I could not capture this with a tripod on land.

Well done
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2009 11:50:15 AM
Nice, naturally framed heron. Would like to see colors a bit more saturated though to make it an 8 or 9.
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08/04/2009 09:12:03 AM
focus is good and the bokeh nice, but perhaps the bg should have been more out of focus with a wider aperture as it grabs your attention and competes with the bird...7 in any case
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08/03/2009 06:24:04 AM
I believe this is a Goliath Heron from Southern Africa. Beautiful capture
08/02/2009 03:40:21 AM
Nicely frozen capture. I think you could have toned down the brightness a little. Use brning in this case to bring out a little more details in the herons head and neck feather areas. To isolate the subject better , I recommend selectively blurring the background more. (no vote)
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