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Grey Heron

By cazzycool
Taken on the canal bank, I got so close to this bird.

Tags: Canal Heron Wildlife and nature

Voters: Hermanus, User_Removed, gwynn56 and 1 more

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
3 Nov 2012 3:51AM
Great photo with good detail on the white feathers Smile Grin

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User_Removed 5 155 2 South Africa
3 Nov 2012 5:37AM
oh I know the feeling of victory with that statement 'I go so close' and the frustration when you don't or it flies away before you get the shot after getting so close.

Love the contrast between the bird and the water. Would have preferred a touch more sharpness and clarity to the shot.

I just checked on a copy of your photo - it's your post processing. Just adjusting the contrast in the photo made a huge difference. Hope this helps.
cazzycool 9 8 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 11:09AM
Thanks both, I have a whole series of shots from a distance until I got right up close to the heron, who only flew away when the dog decided to come and see what I was doing. Not sure what post processing means, I didn't adjust the photo apart from trimming this time.

I will try adjusting the contrast, I have a Spyder thing set up, but I don't think my monitor is new enough for it to work as it should.
User_Removed 5 155 2 South Africa
3 Nov 2012 2:04PM
post processing is what you to do to the photo after it comes out the camera. this can including cropping, adjusting colour levels, brightness, contrast, and sharpness. it may include,adding a frame or an effect.

at very least you should be adjusting contrast and sharpness.
AndrewCee 4 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 10:09AM
Having taken many similar shots, I'd suggest looking at the focus on the grass in front of the bird. To me it looks a little way in front of the bird and softens as the bird comes into frame, i.e. focus in this shot suffers from being in front of the bird rather than on it. I've taken a good few like this, most frustrating!

Hope this helps,
cazzycool 9 8 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 6:57PM
I see what you mean, thanks Andrew.
cazzycool 9 8 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 11:29AM
Loaded a variant as I realised after comments that I had loaded the wrong photo, which was a bit out of focus!

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