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Grey Heron In-flight

Grey Heron In-flight
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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: 2009-05-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM, Digital ISO-400, Sigma 46mm UV drop-in filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-02 23:55
Viewed: 4640
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a Grey Heron which flew past me while I was at a nice sailing lake set in the west Oxfordshire countryside :-)

I used my Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM with a Sigma 2x Teleconverter for more length.

I hope you like this one!

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Hi Joe
See we're neighbours with in-flight shots today!
You captured this one with the sunlight at a good angle to show off the details on the body and head in particular. Well exposed and sharp focus. Nice one!

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  • fpix (58)
  • [2009-07-03 0:34]

Nice bird, good light, good exposure, nice shot.
On the down side, I believe there is too much sharpness added.

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2009-07-03 6:52]

Hi joe,

nice in flight shot. i really like the pose of the heron with the legs straight back, it looks like he's spotted something and is swooping in for the kill. Good details and sharpness considering the difficulty of the shot.



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-03 10:11]

Hola Joe.
Nice to see You here again My friend, Now with this fine photo of this Heron. Great camera and big lens work. As far as I can see there is almost no lost when use the 2X. tele.
Saludos joe.

I have no words, Joe...
You always manage to stump me, mate!
you're the best!

hello Joe

excellenty photo of the Grey Heron in-flight, with fine POV and framing,
superb focus on the bird with great sharpness and details,
from his flight pose (wings and legs) we can feel the speed of his flight,



Hi Joe,
A nice capture of this grey heron in flight. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

I have never seen this pouch similar to a pelican before Joey...but then I can count on one hand the number of these I have seen in real life. Well done..Hope summer is treating you well sir!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-07-07 8:14]

Perfect flight image, beautifully captured poetry in motion. tfs.

Hi Joey,
I myself don't feel there would be oversharpening problem, as 'fpix' wrote. By my opinion it's an excellent in-flight shot, minimalistic yet interesting composition (no distracting background which leads the viewers' eyes off of the bird), great sharpness, clever management of exposure. The only, very little problem (by my opinion) is the thin bright halo around the wings - or is this what 'fpix' talked about???
Best regards from Hungary, László (Leslie)

Hello Joe

Wonderful capture.
I like the way they curve their necks in flight and the legs jut out behind.They remind me of long range bombers.
Wonderful sharpness and details.
Excellent POV and DOF.
Well illuminated from this angle to capture a natural colour.


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