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MY dinner!

By camay
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.

Tags: Wildlife and nature Humour and fun

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3 Mar 2012 11:37AM
Wow very well timed. click you JOC..

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moiral 6 12 Scotland
3 Mar 2012 1:32PM
Great capture. Moira
AndyD999 5 43 6 England
3 Mar 2012 2:34PM
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
paulbroad 9 117 1078 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 4:28PM
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
DRicherby 8 269 725 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 5:17PM
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.
camay 9 139 3 England
3 Mar 2012 8:12PM
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.
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1846 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 10:14PM
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.
camay 9 139 3 England
5 Mar 2012 8:53AM
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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