Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Heron at the Hunt

Low light at the end of the day required a slow shutter, this gave the cascading water a smooth blur while the heron's still, patient stance meant there was virtually no blur of the bird.  The late afternoon shadows give the shot a blue cast which could have been corrected but I rather like it as it is.
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23 comments:

Barb said...

The water looks like silk, Martha. Did you use a tripod? The heron is perfect.

ewok1993 said...

I have never learned to use the shutter and aperture priority.

Great job on the cascading effect of the water. So that's what you should do to get that effect.

Martha Z said...

Barb, yes I try to use a tripod when the light is poor but if the subject is moving I have to rely on the image stabilizing feature of the lens.

Ewok, yes, you need a slow shutter to get that smooth effect of the water. In bright sun it is not possible unless you use a neutral density filter.

Gary said...

Beautiful Heron shot in a superb background. Boom & Gary of The Vermilon River. Canada.

NatureFootstep said...

you wee right in leaveing the blue as it is. This is a stunning shot. Truly artistic.

EG Wow said...

This is a wonderful shot, Martha! I'm very impressed!

Sylvia K said...

Superb capture, Martha! I love the smooth water! Artistic indeed! Enjoy your evening!

Sylvia

eileeninmd said...

It is a great shot and would look great as a painting. The Heron is a patient hunter.

Kim, USA said...

Looks like the heron is on a look with something, for sure it's the fish.
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Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I hope one day to get close enough to a heron to get a photo that will fill the frame, with cropping of course. I love looking at them, in real life and photos. They are lovely, graceful birds.

J Bar said...

It's terrific. Thanks for your comment on my blog.
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Gaelyn said...

Martha, this shot is Excellent! I love how the smooth blur of fast water enhances the stillness of the heron.

Karen said...

Wow, amazing shot!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great shot. I like the silky water and the intent bird. I'm another one who doesn't mess with the speed and aperture and perhaps should.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Isn't nature just so awesome?!!! I love this photo...speaking of on the hunt...look, just look at how well the heron is camouflaged. Awesome.

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Y. Ikeda said...

Thanks for commenting on my entry. Awesome photo under dim light condition. Ideal shutter speed (and ISO?).

Lesley said...

Excellent shot!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Questa è veramente una bellissima e magica foto....
Buona serata :)
Myriam

Tricia said...

I really like it, too, & that guy/gal is gorgeous! Love it! =)

wncmountainliving said...

The water looks so wonderful in the shot. Herons are one of my favorite birds.

Ann said...

the heron blend in with the water and the rocks.

Ann said...

the heron blend in with the water and the rocks.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You are such a good photographer! I never fail to be amazed at the way the great blues can stand so perfectly still for such a long time.