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head shot of heron

head shot of heron
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Copyright: Anna Ho (imageme) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 0 N: 77] (1004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-21
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-03 5:14
Viewed: 1460
Points: 13
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I tried to get a close shot of a heron and this was what I got. With a 300mm zoom lens without IS and no tripod was not easy at all taking close up shot because I have to go very near to the bird and usually it flies away.

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This is a good portrait despite a bit of OE on the chest, Anna. Hand-held shots at close range are dicey, but you have pulled it off well.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Anna-Quite well presented this "cormorant".I also use 70-300mm lens and all the time captured in its full zoom.Yes,hand held too.I don't use Tripod.So,it's really very hard to keep hand like "Stone",but I try my best.Nice and natural colour.Keep shooting...regards and thanks for sharing-Srikumar

This is not the beak of a Heron: Here is what a Heron looks like.
This one has a "serrated" mouth. It is a CORMORANT.
A bit O/E. Despite your difficulties you did well.
Try again another day. I hardly ever use the tripod.
Best regards from Calgary from Mario.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-03 7:38]

Hello Anna,
Not your best photo. Like the others have said: This is CORMORANT, not a heron. If you will not use a tripod, why not a monopod. I often use a monopod. Much more easy to carry and more flexibel. Now this photo is not sharp at all. Next time better!

Ciao Anna, great portrait of lovely heron, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-03 15:20]

Hi Anna,a good attempt but you pay a bit the long long distance,i can see the effet of the digital zoom and the sharpness isn't the best,but i like this brave post,without tripod were impossible to make better! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Anna

As others have written it is a cormorant, probably if you higher your ISO
from 400 to 800 at 1600 your shutter speed would go faster like 1/4000s
and your aperture pass from F5.6 to F8 would help to obtain a little more sharpness,
as you wrote they are not easily approaching birds flying away, beautiful lateral light, TFS


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