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Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-28 22:42
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Was waiting and waiting for the heron to do something interesting and finally he yawned (dont know if they yawn or not, but he opened his mouth wide). I was not quite ready, so I think I lost a little focus on him ...
check out the retracted leg ... did not know that the foot would be completely opened when the leg is retracted ..always thought that the leg would be closed when it was retracted to be better able to fit into the body . .but the pic says otherwise .. you can see his red foot open if you look closely.
Thanks for looking!

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Ooooooh !
Nice composition, good instant.
Color & sharp, you shot is really good
TFS, Laurent

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-29 1:37]

Hi Leizel, great shot. I love the open beak and one legged pose. Good details and good composition. Well done.

Hello Liezel,
It's always nice to see something new and that picture is doing that. I don't think I've ever seen a heron in such pose. The open foot is very interesting too. Picture has some good details and I like the framing here. I just think the picture is a little slant and the heron doesn't look too "stable" because of that.
Anyway, it's a great post!

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-03-29 11:54]

Congratulations, Liezel. This is a magnifique capture of this heron.
Focus, POV, timing, colors, lighting are so good.
Thanks for this nice presentation.


Hi Liezel
Nice light, very well composed. Well done on the timing. Good depth of colour, crisp, clear and sharp. Nice work. :-)

Hi Liezel,
Great pose you captured. At 1/250 quite clear for the long lense - camera/lense shake becomes an issue at 420mm, 1/250 is probably the minimum shutter speed you need to handhold. You seem to have a steady hand, or did you use a tripod? For bird shots/long lense support I find a monopod with ballhead a flexibel lightweight solution.

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