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Back-lit Heron

Back-lit Heron
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-200, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Pictured Symbolic Qualities of Sun [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-06 1:44
Viewed: 3402
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Heron was very annoying and decided to position himself in front of the light so exposing it was pretty hard! After experimenting with different exposure compensations I finally got a stop that exposed it nearly correctly, Photoshop helped with the rest :-) Another archive shot from April, I promise to post some newer stuff soon.

I hope you like it!

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Hi Joe, good morning my friend.
Excellent capture of this beautiful heron. I like the mobile BG:). Great composition. TFS.
Cheers Owlman:D

Geckoman, Bayram

Et tu Brutus?
Joe, uncannily, we post almost at the same time these days.
Surprisingly, both of us have posted Herons today.
'Mine is better than yours' is no issue with us, isn't it?
So I have no reservations whatsoever in saying that your Heron has been beautifully captured at a location that goes very well with the subject. I like the vegetation between you and the Heron because it makes the shot very natural.
Superb blurred BG also supports the subject admirably well.
Good work, man.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-06 2:43]

Hello Joe,
I think you managed very well - it looks great against the light and I like the grasses in front! Fine details and colours and a beautiful composition.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-06 2:51]

Hola Joe,
buena captura.
foco y detalles.
pov. e iluminación...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-06 3:48]

Hi Joe,in this wonderfull pic the position of the light make a really difference,wonderfull portrait,excellent s colors and very nice point of view,my best compliments,this is great!Luciano

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-06 3:49]

Hello Joey, Your archive seem to be tons of super shots. I must inspect your system. Very nice shot and superb focus on the eyes. Ganesh

Hi Joe,
well done on the exposure, looks like you did a good job here mate. Well composed and a great setting, the river makes a a lovely backdrop. I did a little workshop to get rid of that little speck of light near his Bill, hope you don't mind! Have a good weekend,

Hi Joe,

Beautifull shot.
Good composition.


Hi Joe
I know how exciting it is to spot a heron and to get close enough to shoot one but I think I would have tried to find a spot to get a clear view. Just my preference, others probably prefer it with the vegetation in. What I find really strange, though, is that the photo seems blurred. It looks like motion blur but I don't see how it can be at 1/800 sec. I think that you have manually blurred the background because I can see parts of the vegetation that are sharp and parts that are not, but I can't explain why the bird looks blurred as well. I'm sure it's not my eyes!
Perhaps you applied a filter that affected the whole image and caused this effect?

Very surprising how you get such good depth of field with an ISO of 200. that in itself is an amazing feat Joey. Pretty doggone cool! I like this one a lot. super use of lighting technique.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-06 9:01]

Hi Joe,

Isn't it terrible how birda and animals just won't cooperate for the camera? You did a great job and this Heron is wonderful. I like the composition with the grasses in the foreground and the blurred background. He stands out very well.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-06 10:35]

Hello Joe,
Wonderful photo. Don't have much time, sorry. Excellent!
Have a good weekend,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-06 13:27]

Hi Joe. Nice one my friend. Love the light from behind gives the Heron a warm glow. great detail and colours. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

Gorgeous lighting. Very artistic. Perfectly composed. Just wonderful!

Has creado un entorno precioso y recreado el entorno del ave perfectamente. Buena la pose y su pirada siempre alerta muy bien captada.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Hi Joe,

Excellent capture for a back-lit picture. You managed to get the lighting right. Good pose and composition, sharp details and nice colours.


Best wishes


Hi Joe, splendid Heron with fantastic details and superb sharpness, beautiful composition with lovely river, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-07 21:44]

Hello Joe,
The pose, POV and especially the lighting are beautiful in this fine capture of a Grey Heron. Your light management have converted difficult conditions into a positive effect.
The composition with the withered stems of last year's weeds is great and the BG is a great contrast to especially the head and neck.
A very nice shot indeed and TFS!
Have a good Sunday,

Hi Joey
Backlighting is wonderful, isn't it. It really softens this shot of the grey heron. I like the composition and framing of this lovely bird.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-09 8:07]

Hello Joe

A super capture of this heron.It is very similar to our Great Blue Heron.
The POV is wonderful.
Lovely warm lighting.
Nicely composed.


Great skills Joe.
Not many people can shoot into the sun with such good results as this.
You've really learnt how to use your camera like a pro.
Wish I could say the same for myself.
I tried to do a weekend photoshop course a couple of weeks ago but had to leave after an hour or so. I couldn't concentrate,and got really frustrated and stressed.
I'm afraid confidence is at a low right now.I'm not getting the results I want from my camera and I haven't the patience to learn how to use it properly. I tried to get a macro lens for my Lumix,but they can't be got in NZ

*** (depressing rave edited out...sorry about that) ***

.... (later) Thanks for your kind offer of a Raynox lens. ts going to change my life'
I'm feeling much better already.

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