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Great Egret's takeoff

Great Egret's takeoff
Photo Information
Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM + 1.4x ext
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-02-01 14:15
Viewed: 3359
Points: 26
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Hello all,

Here is a Great Egret photographed at the Carbonneau's Marsh in Quebec, Canada.

It is the first time I saw a Great Egret at this marsh and Great Egrets are quite uncommon in Quebec.

I chose to use spot metering in order to calculate the exposition only on the white feathers of the bird (I really don't care to get a darker bg).

I closed at f/11 to be assured to get the whole bird in focus but maybe I should have tried at f/8 in order to get a more blurry bg. Any comments?

Cool Facts

• The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America. Audubon was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers.

• Not all young that hatch survive the nestling period. Aggression among nestlings is common and large chicks frequently kill their smaller siblings.

• The longevity record for a wild Great Egret is nearly 23 years.

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bonsoir Michel

une excellente photo du Grande Aigrette avec cet excellent POV
et le cadrage, superbe focus netteté et détails, lorsque tu demande
« Any comments ? » alors (pour moi) tu aurais dù attendre et cliquer
ta photo une fraction de seconde plus tard quand ces pattes aussi
ont décollés (ne touchent plus le sol), à moins que tu étais
en mode rafale et tu as aussi de ces images-là, TFS


Excellent capture in time. Well done.

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2011-02-01 19:31]

Hi Michel,

Nice pose and good exposure. Details in white perfect.
f/8 might have been been a good alternative if the focus was on the head of the bird - a bit more blur on the BG and eventualy lower ISO.


Bonsoir Michel,

Belle capture de cet Egret au décollage. Bon timing, belle netteté, bons détails dans le plumage malgré le contraste élevé de la lumière. La composition est bien équilibrée donnant plein d'espace pour prendre son envol. J'aurais préféré un fond moins détaillé, mais comme tu l'explique F/11 a été choisi pour assuré une bonne netteté de l'oiseau. Il y a toujours moyen de tricher en PP pour faire un fond flou, mais cela dépend combien de temps on veut mettre à l'ordi. Bravo pour cette belle image.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-01 21:15]

Hi Michel.
You have pictured this beautiful bird at amazing moment and pose. I am impressed a lot. Superb timing, wonderful exposure and reproduction of nice white feathers of the bird. A bit blurred dark BG supplements the image of the bird greatly. Well done and TFS.

Hello Michel,
Absolutely beautiful and nice action. Well done.

Hello Michel,
Beautiful dynamic pose excellent composition, nicely blurred BG.I think that can improve sharpness a little of the bird.
Regards, Pawel

Hallo Michel
A beautiful well balanced photo with great details and lovely colours, especially the overall white of this lovely birds feathers. Wow, its wingspan is very impressive and so beautiful to look at the way it is opened. Your choice of background is ideal to emphasise the finer details of the egret. Great composition and point of view. Thanks for sharing a lovely image. Best regards.


An excellent composition of the subject in your image. I like the lighting, detail and sharpness of the subject as it is chalenging to display detail on a white subject.

Hi Michel.
Impressive photo with wonderful colours and good sharpness. The composition is perfect.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-02 7:51]

Hello Michel,
Very beautiful contrasting colours in this photo. The white against the dark BG is gorgeous. Nice sharpness, details and an excellent timing. Attractive pose and composition.

Hello Michel,

Great details in the majestic bird taking off!
The moment is well captured, the movement nicely frozen...
Difficult exposure of the all white bird is very well managed, all presented in this well balanced composition!

Pablo -

Bonsoir Michel,

L'oiseau est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de la grande aigrette en vol. La bonne luminosité met en valeur la beauté des couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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