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Triple at First Light

Triple at First Light
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 300mm f4 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Trios [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-19 12:41
Viewed: 6691
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken at Estero Lagoon, just off Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. I had arrived before sunrise to catch the early morning light. Using a monopod, I caught the three different species of birds walking along as they searched for food during the low tide. They are from left to right:

Snowey Egret
Rosette Spoonbill
White Ibis

It was interesting to watch the bottom feeding Ibis and Spoonbill stir up creatures from the mud, and the Egret would catch the creatures that got stirred up to the surface.

This was an extremely difficut expose and required large adjustments in photoshop to correct both over and under exposure due to the extreme tonal ranges. I was happy to get this acceptable photo from the original RAW file.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-19 12:42]

Hi Scott
The light and composition in this shot are wonderful. The reflection is likewise good as is the DOF.


hi scott,
beautiful shot, excellent pov, lovely colours, nicely composed shot, the reflections look beautiful,
well done,
tfs & regards

Una presentación estupenda, con una combinación de colores muy agradable.
Saludos cordiales. Juan Luis.

Hi Scott,
Very good job with this difficult exposure. I think it works well...because the early bird gets the worm right :)
Well composed in the wide frame.
AND the triple reflections with three different species make it six times as nice ;)

Hi Scott,
What a magnificent moment and how wonderfully captured. The fact that you got three different species in one shot is just stunning. The very soft morning light gave the brids these wonderful warm colors. The reflection of the sun on the water must have helped on the exposure as well. The exposure adjustments are perfect, they look really natural. I am sure you had a blast while taking these photos.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-06-19 13:35]

Bopnjour Scott, great composition with a perfect lighting and reflects on water. These three birds agree with you!! Very nicely framed, congratulations, Didier.

Good observation and clikc.The morning light on the birds and their reflections created a supperb effect.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-06-19 14:05]

Acceptable photo?
This is much more than acceptable! I can feel the first light, furthermore compo is great and Sharpness perfect on all birds

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-06-19 14:15]

hi Scott, excelent shot with good copositon and nice mirroring.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-19 14:30]

Hi Scott.
Amazing morning art picture. You managed to create true masterpiece, whole poem of this charming trio. I am impressed with subject, stunning colour palette, crisp sharpness of the image and nice composition. Bravo, my friend. My congratulations and TFS.

Hello Scott,
Perfect sharpness and clarity on the birds
and beautiful reflection in colour
just awesome
thanks for sharing

Hello Scott, Oh wow...what a catch!! Beautiful, would make a great photo for a beach house...o) Love it. TFS

Scott, this is a masterpiece picture of three different specie of birds together.
What a fantastic use you have made of the early morning light!
Whatever PP work you speak of has only gone to enhance the appeal of this capture manifold.
Hats off to you and thanks for sharing this amazing picture.

Oh Scott....this is gorgeous. You should enter it into some contest. Audubon clubs often have contests. All the elements of the composition are great...the shapes the horizontal ripples...every bird in perfect pose. The soft morning light is super. Getting there early sure paid off. I read a photographer's comment once. He said "a lot of photography is luck. But the harder I work, the luckier I get" So keep up the good work and keep finding your own luck. : )

Evelynn : )

Hi Scott,
An excellent image!
That's something quite difficult for me, to get at time for a sunrise...
So you were awarded with this trio, a beauty and colorful scene on that Lagoon.
I'm curious about the shadow's strips on the birds, are they product of the reflection of the light on the small waves?
Great the wide composition made with the birds and its shadows.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-19 16:54]

Hi Scott

What a splendid and very moody shot!!!
The light and colors here are truely awesome and enhance the atmosphere of this photo.
The reflection are also lovely and the DOF is excellent, keeping all 3 of them in great focus.
Impeccable work!

Bravo and TFS

hi scott!
very beautiful in a very nice lightning!
nice camerawork!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-19 17:16]

Hi Scott,

A fantastic capture of the three species. The early morning light is absolutely beautiful - you did a great job. And the three reflections are gorgeous!


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-19 17:30]

Hello Scott,
An exquisite work of art with the beautiful trio and the abstract reflection. Technically superb, too. Bravo!

Nice capture great light and sharpness good triple bird composition nice post process work tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-19 21:44]

Hola Scott. Una muy bella foto de estas hermosas "Garzas" Los colores logrados aqui son exelentes. Saludos Luis52.

El color y reflejos son increible... gran foto

Hello Scott,
Awesome reflections!
The moody colours are very attractive, and texture in the plumage is great...
Pleasant use of the principle of tree, a lovely composition!
Pablo -

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-20 3:33]

Hi Scott,
Wow.........magnificent shot of these birds in the early morning light. Lovely splashes of colours and the rippled reflections are superbly presented. Excellent POV and a fabulous composition. Kudos.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-20 16:43]

Hola Scott,
hermosa y cálida luz,
bello pov,
magníficos reflejos y nitidez,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-20 20:18]

Hello Scott

A wonderful composition with lovely lighting and reflections.The white ,pink ,white composition is very fortuitous.The shot has a glow to it that creates a wonderful atmosphere.Excellent sharpness and detail.TFS


What to say about this picture but:
Thanks to your early bird efforts, this picture shows us 3 different specimens in their natural habitat.

Hi Scott,
a beautiful picture with amazing colours and light.
The reflections both in the water and in the plumage are very nice. Well composed, fine low POV and good sharpenss.
Very well done, mf.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-21 3:26]

Hello Scott,
That is quite an achievement, capturing three species in one blow.
The light and the reflections have an interesting effect.
TFS. : )

This was one of those shots that you were just meant to take...they were lined up perfectly in great evening sunlight. Wonderful colors and you fixed that exposure issue right up! The reflection is beautiful.

HI Scott! :)

OH, every time I see your work it just blows me away. You know how much I love these multi shots, they're difficult to come across. This is beautiful, particularly with the Rosette in the center. That gorgeous golden lighting, you did an amazing job with exposure and photoshop. High five on this capture!

Man, I've missed you! Wondering what you have been up to. Nice to be back on again! At least till we take off again in another week.

Take Care,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-21 8:50]

Hi Scott,
gorgeous lighting on this wonderful composition.
The colors and details are beautiful and the reflection has a beautiful ripple effect.
Very nice crap and division of space.

Tones of colors and lightning are wonderful Scott! What a nice composition with those superb models :) This is awesome, congrats!

Hi Scott,
This is wonderful picture. Never imagine to see three different species of birds feeding together. You did well with your photoshop. Also thanks for your informative note.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-21 11:17]

Hello Scott,
This is a great capture at dawn, though the Floridan morning light must have been quite bright for the camera settings that you used.
Great composition, sharpness and color and marvellous to capture three diffent species of the egret/spoonbill/ibis group.
Excellent work!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Scott,
Sunrise is beautiful, and I always enjoy the great photo opportunities it has to offer, it's just that' getting up' thing trying to disipline ones self, but hey! I'm getting better. Super shot of the threesome variation, the lighting works out wonderfully, I like how the normal shadow of the spoonbill falls onto the ibis and plus the reflection shadow of the spoonbill creates yet another secondary effect. :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-21 20:14]

Hi Scott,
Excellently composed and captured image with three beautiful species of birds, wow great job Scott, I love the reflections too, thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-22 2:38]

Hello Scott,
Magnificent capture.Well seen and composed.POV,details,warm lighting,reflections on water and composition are excellent.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-22 5:58]

Hi Scott,
The light is so beautiful. I liked the colors, contrast, reflections and the mood a lot. TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-06-22 7:49]

Hello Scott,
Excellent shot,
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours.TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-23 12:51]

Hello Scott,
Wow, this is most impressive! You've not only got the three in one but the image is terrific! Wonderful colours and reflections and excellent DOF and sharp details too! This is a truly brilliant shot!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-23 13:52]

Hi Scott,
Really nice light, reflections, colors, pose and composition.
TFS, José M.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-24 15:23]

Hi Scott

Amazing to get all 3 in the same pose. Lovely trio of colours and great reflections. Lovely light and great POV.



Hello Scott.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors,

Jose Luis.

The early bird get the nice shot!

First light is a winner, but to catch THREE birds of different feathers at once is simply amazing! The spoonbill nicely
centers the shot with its rosy colour! Simply amazing! Tfs, Jay

Hi Scott

Wow... how I would love to get a shot like this! 3 different species in one shot, and what beautiful morning light. Congrats my friend! :-)

Hello Scott,
Fantastic light and reflections on this birds.
Very good POV, brilliant sharpness.

Oh my goodness Scott this is superb. I could not fault the image in any way, to me it is perfect. How lucky were you to be able to capture three species like this. The colours, the reflections and the lighting a fabulous. Wow, what more can I say.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-01 15:27]
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Hi Scott

I am happy to say that the privilege was all mine to give this remarkable posting its 100th point.

I can clearly see the difficulties you had to deal with in capturing this shot, but…you did an outstanding job. Wow, three species in one and all seems to be in perfect harmony. The early morning light worked miracles on the exposure. Not just in the amazing reflections on the water, but also the incredible reflective light on to the birds. The dark BG and the dark water surface enhance the birds and make them stand out from their surroundings. The degree of details you managed to detain is also extraordinary. The contrasts in the plumage really show up well and every bit of feature detail is visible. Finally, I just love the composition and POV. Great stuff MF.

Excellent work and TFS.

Wow! This is a awesome view of these three water birds and three different birds what are the chances?? To cool. Lovely soft colours in the early morning sun, it really enhances their colourful plumage. The dark water and reflections also help show these gorgeous birds off.
TFS Janice

Hello Scott,

This is a very pleasing image of three different species having breakfast together! A very good idea to be at the scene before sunrise. You took advantage of the best light.


I like the composition! The picture is very well balanced by using the reflections in the water as a compositional element. The dark background makes the birds stand out perfectly. Also, their silhouettes don't overlap with each other which makes them even easier to read against the background. The larger empty space in the right side of the picture is a must. Very well done!


The morning sunlight rendered excellent colors! Saturation was well adjusted!


The contrast between the birds and the dark background helps isolating them from everything else. I can see good contrast in the subjects too, defining the details in the plumage better.


You proved great skills in exposing this difficult scene. There are no OE or UE areas now. I guess shooting in RAW gave you more freedom in PP.


Focusing on the subjects with such a long lens created an image with excellent sharpness in the birds and a great DOF which also added a nice perspective.

It is an outstanding wildlife photo. Well seen and captured. Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Hi Scott
Simply a superb composition - great timing to capture all three birds with virtually no missing detail. Exposure management is also spot on. Very well done.

Hi Scott,

This must be what they call at the movies "A Triple Bill". Joke aside, you managed to make a beautiful image in spite of the difficult exposure situation. Nice play of light and shadow. Good sharpness and detail. Well done.


Hi Scott
I love the effect the early morning give this great capture. The refection is assume. Three different species in one shot I love it.
Great job!!!!!!

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2007-09-08 23:59]

Hoi Scott, magical light and the three "tenors" posing very nicely. Well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-24 21:43]

Hello Scott, wonderful shot for sure ! Great composition and great technique ! Well done, thanks.


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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-29 16:47]

Hello Scott!
Lovely dark BG...
Best regards,


Nice photo. Beautiful birds. Nice color and reflection!

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