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Post by minniev » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:54 pm

I don't know what this bird was doing, but he did it for about 10 minutes - starting straight up. He wasn't eating or drinking, just looking. It isn't the most photogenic pose I've seen a heron display but it was interesting to watch. All comments and suggestions appreciated. He was in such nice late afternoon sun I had to try.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:02 am

Minnie, You live in a gorgeous location; all this good stuff around you. Water, birds, logs, grass, trees -- a great theatre for your camera and tender eye. Love the reflections. Should I mention leading lines, internal framing, contrasting colors, subtle vignetting ? I think he was drying out his whiskers. Matt
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Post by minniev » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:41 am

Matt Quinn wrote:Minnie, You live in a gorgeous location; all this good stuff around you. Water, birds, logs, grass, trees -- a great theatre for your camera and tender eye. Love the reflections. Should I mention leading lines, internal framing, contrasting colors, subtle vignetting ? I think he was drying out his whiskers. Matt


Matt, if you could see these places I shoot, you'd laugh! At first look, they're ugly, plain and simple. But add some good light, a bird, and find an angle that minimizes the ugly parts, and it is possible to get a decent shot.

Drying his whiskers! I love it! And thank you!
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Post by davechinn » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:03 pm

minniev wrote:I don't know what this bird was doing, but he did it for about 10 minutes - starting straight up. He wasn't eating or drinking, just looking. It isn't the most photogenic pose I've seen a heron display but it was interesting to watch. All comments and suggestions appreciated. He was in such nice late afternoon sun I had to try.


I find it amusing when we capture animals doing odd things that seem out of the norm. You have captured this one well and I suppose it will remain a mystery to what this bird was thinking/doing. A unique image that should remain in your files for future project comparisons. Maybe a new bird series in the works? Maybe "Birds in the Loof". I add the definition I was referring so there would be no misunderstanding.

Fool backwards. You say loof because it sounds a lot better than fool. But, it basically means the same; that the person being CALLED a loof is an idiot.
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Post by St3v3M » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:22 am

It always amazes what you can capture handheld and that quality of light, wonderful!

I like the idea he was drying his whiskers but I also look at that eye and wonder if he was hunting, or keeping an eye out for an alligator.

"Birds in the Loof,' I like it! S-
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Post by minniev » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:50 am

davechinn wrote:I find it amusing when we capture animals doing odd things that seem out of the norm. You have captured this one well and I suppose it will remain a mystery to what this bird was thinking/doing. A unique image that should remain in your files for future project comparisons. Maybe a new bird series in the works? Maybe "Birds in the Loof". I add the definition I was referring so there would be no misunderstanding.

Fool backwards. You say loof because it sounds a lot better than fool. But, it basically means the same; that the person being CALLED a loof is an idiot.
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Love the term LOOF. I do have several dam birds doing weird stuff. I always wish I could just talk to them a little while and find out more what they think, and they definitely do think. Thanks so much for the kind words!
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Post by minniev » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:52 am

St3v3M wrote:It always amazes what you can capture handheld and that quality of light, wonderful!

I like the idea he was drying his whiskers but I also look at that eye and wonder if he was hunting, or keeping an eye out for an alligator.

"Birds in the Loof,' I like it! S-


Well, you gotta have a high shutter to get birds, and they move too much for me to follow them with a tripod, as slow and clumsy as I am. So handheld works better for me with birds.

Maybe he was waiting for the supermoon, we shall never know. But he was funny. And thanks Steve!
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Post by St3v3M » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:58 am

minniev wrote:Maybe he was waiting for the supermoon, we shall never know. But he was funny. And thanks Steve!

I'm honored to have seen him! S-
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