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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:48 pm

was cold and getting up to go inside and just like that, the heron came by..
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Post by Psjunkie » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:52 pm

Nice catch well presented Piet....

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Post by Charles Haacker » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:08 pm

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Post by minniev » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:05 am

A very nice capture, Piet, and not an easy one, as I know from experience. A blue heron coming in from that angle is in so many different planes of focus, it is very hard to get a nice shot. Love the environmental context and the dynamic of my favorite bird.

Their heads often turn out a little paler than they are in real life. Sometimes I like mine better if I do a little delicate darkening just on the head. You may want to try and see what you think.
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Post by PietFrancke » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:26 am

thank you guys - thanks Min. Thank you for the advise on making the head darker. The camera must not lie - maybe the head is more reflective - something must be going on with that. It is amazing, I thought the head was too bright for some reason also, YET for some other unknown reason, it NEVER crossed my mind to FIX it. SHEESH!!! So simple.

So, thank you Paula, I will get the next one darker. I'm getting a lot of shots of these things, but seem to be missing focus on the head for some reason, and the heads are too bright. And Such a simple fix - Now that you Told me!!!

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Post by minniev » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:36 am

PietFrancke wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:26 am
thank you guys - thanks Min. Thank you for the advise on making the head darker. The camera must not lie - maybe the head is more reflective - something must be going on with that. It is amazing, I thought the head was too bright for some reason also, YET for some other unknown reason, it NEVER crossed my mind to FIX it. SHEESH!!! So simple.

So, thank you Paula, I will get the next one darker. I'm getting a lot of shots of these things, but seem to be missing focus on the head for some reason, and the heads are too bright. And Such a simple fix - Now that you Told me!!!
Their necks are so long it is hard to get the head and the wings in focus anyway, and with the pale reflectivity of the head, it makes the head look less focused than it really is. I almost always have to tinker with their heads unless it is very cloudy. The egrets don't cause as much problem, I just spot meter and basically underexpose to keep the whites. But the blue heron I can't underexpose much or I'll lose his whole body. And the white parts on the head are so small, they don't even show up on the blinkies or histogram, they just create a kind of fuzzy effect sometimes. So they beg for a bit of tinkering.
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Post by PietFrancke » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:27 am

yup, fuzzy or blown. If I get a good head as a sample, it will serve as a guide. I got a couple that are closer that weren't flying, I'll look at them and see what they look like, then I can fix em!

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Post by davechinn » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:36 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:48 pm
was cold and getting up to go inside and just like that, the heron came by..

heronLandingS.jpg


Timing is almost everything Piet !!! You captured this very well. Love it !!!
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Post by PietFrancke » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:52 pm

davechinn wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:36 pm

Timing is almost everything Piet !!! You captured this very well. Love it !!!
Dave
thanks Dave.. OK, question for you all... I went square, I fixed the head, I desaturated and multiplied. Is it stronger?
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Post by Matt Quinn » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:38 pm

Great photo. Reminds me of myself skiing or ice skating.

Love the framing, angle, focus. Agree that the head needs some darkening; the second go at it I like a lot. Well done. Matt
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