Is this a Green Heron?
Posted 16 August 2012 - 11:50 PM
Canon T2i, 400L lens.
Thanks for any input or comments.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 11:53 PM
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Posted 16 August 2012 - 11:58 PM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 12:06 AM
Enter that photo into any contest you will WIN!!!!! AMAZING SHOT!!!!!! Way cooler then any green heron shot Ive seen!! What kind of camera/lens did you use!?!
Thanks for all the feedback; I appreciate it very much.
I indicated under the photo that it was taken with my Canon T2i and Canon 400L lens. Hand-held, as always. (f5.6, which is wide-opened, 1/1000 sec and ISO 400)
Other than this open-mouth look, the GH was 'normal' looking. The pond area was very quiet with hardly another living thing stirring!
Posted 17 August 2012 - 12:14 AM
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 01:26 AM
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:54 AM
We did not inherit Mother Earth from our Ancestors.....
We have borrowed Her from our Descendants.
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Man belongs to the Earth...Earth does not belong to Man.
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 12:45 PM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 01:02 PM
As I indicated in my Profile I am a photographer first, and a bird photographer only recently. I shoot with a Canon T2i (a so-called 'entry' level camera......LOL) and a Canon 400L lens, strictly hand-held. I use a Hakuba hand grip, something I have been using on my cameras for over 20 years!
Onto this image, I had seen what I thought might be the GH fly away from the other side of the pond. Walking through some 3-5ft high bushes and grass at the far end of the pond I had my camera ready, in case! Looking down on the pond I saw this GH, perhaps about 60ft away. It didn't react (or fly away!) to me so I had a chance to get a few shots before it did fly off.
I know now that what I see afterwards on my computer is often much more revealing than what the naked eye sees. The 400mm lens (x the 1.6 factor) is 640mm, plus in the 'heat-of-the-moment' I have little idea of what I am really recording!
I upload my images to my computer via a card reader, then view them in FastStone. And cull from there as needed.
So now I have this 20Mb RAW file on my computer of this guy with its mouth wide open! Cool!
I do NOT use Photoshop. I open it in Lightroom where I de-noise a little and do a little pre-sharpening.
And I use LR to crop*; I love its crop function!
* It is generally accepted that digital files beyond about 12Mb are not needed (for some technical reasons I'll leave others to wander into!), but the MB beyond that can be of value when the camera's sensor and computer makes good use of the extra 'information'. My camera has about 18Mb and so there is potential for things like cropping. Some of the more recent cameras with 20-30Mb sensors should have even more cropping potential!
After I crop in LR I 'export' as a TIFF file.
I usually (and did here) go to my plug-in NIK software where I use the Tonal Contrast in ColorEfex.
That's about it.
After re-sizing I do a little post-sharpening.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 02:58 PM
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