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Spotted a blue heron with a frog. Watched it manoever the frog until able to swallow it.
My lens was Olympus 70 - 300 at maximum, handheld - I wasn't expecting to see something like this and was looking at flowers at the time! Aperture f8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400. Cropped - heron centred l to r, but in lower half top to bottom so didn't get all of reflection in.
Taken in Florida.

Camera:Olympus E-620
Lens:Olympus Zuiko 70-300mm F4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:MY dinner!
Username:camay camay
Uploaded:3 Mar 2012 - 11:10 AM
Tags:Humour / fun, Wildlife / nature
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jocneilson
jocneilson e2 Member 7jocneilson vcard United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 - 11:37 AM

Wow very well timed. click you JOC..

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
3 Mar 2012 - 1:32 PM

Great capture. Moira

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AndyD999
AndyD999 e2 Member 343 forum postsAndyD999 vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 2:34 PM

It's a good picture and really sharp. But sadly I think it lacks the full reflection and would have been better with it walking into some instead of the space been at the top. It gives the impression that you missed the picture and not that you managed to capture the picture

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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 4:28 PM

This is an excellent opportunist image, but it does need to be sharper if used in critical circles. you are at 600mm with that camera and 1/500 sec shutter speed - there is just a bit of movement. it is still an excellent record and a keeper!

paul

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DRicherby e2 Member 6269 forum postsDRicherby vcard United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 5:17 PM

He should enter the World Beard and Moustache Championships!

This is an excellent shot in the circumstances and most of the criticism that one could level at it isn't really fair, given that it was basically a grab shot -- the plant stalk is a little unfortunate, for example. I don't think there's a problem with only having part of the reflection, as it's not a very distinct reflection, anyway; I might be inclined to trim a little off the top, though, as there's nothing much going on up there. It could be a little sharper but I suspect that gentle sharpening with unsharp mask will fix most of that. Radius 0.7, clipping 0 would be a good place to start, and then whatever strength crisps it up without creating pixellation and haloes.

Dave.

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camay
camay e2 Member 7132 forum postscamay vcard Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 8:12 PM

Thanks for the comments folks. I agree about the plant stalk, it would be too difficult to clone it out because of the way it overlaps the frog's foot. I did clone out a stalk that was coming out of his head! I'll try sharpening it, and see if it helps.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8831 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2012 - 10:14 PM

Well done, Lynne, a great grab shot. I don't think I've seen anything quite like it.
I like a challenge, so have done a modification with the stalk and its reflection removed. I also cropped the image, adjusted levels and sharpened.
Pamela.

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camay
camay e2 Member 7132 forum postscamay vcard Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 8:53 AM

Thanks Pamela, I had tried too and it is possible to remove it all. An interesting fun shot. Probably worth attempting again seriously. I had adjusted levels, just not as boldly as you!
Lynne

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