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Bridal Vail

Bridal Vail
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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-03 9:48
Viewed: 6734
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Great Egret is surveying the area from his perch on a log across a stream.

The Egrets are really a member of the Heron family . The one thing that seperates them to Egrets are those lacey long plumes they acquire during the breeding season. They are called( if my memory serves me correctly ) egrettas , hence the name Egrets. Egrets have a diet of mainly fish caught in open waters. They usually are found in groups unlike the solitary Great Blue Heron.

This was a difficult shot for me because of the light contrast on the white bird, but I really like the pose and the mood to this lending an ethereal art look. I felt it was different from the usual images you see of these lovely birds. I had to use adjustment layers in PS CS to tone down the over exposed areas of the Egret. Hope you like this as much as I do.

rlortie, Alan_Kolnik, TAZ, Mazer, gazo, scottevers7, Pedda, Luc, stevkds has marked this note useful
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Lovely artistic picture Lesley. The mood is great. Smooth and calm. I like the contrast and the way you handled the whites.
That's a coincidence I posted the same bird a few minutes ago...

Excellent shot. The unusual rear view shows an aspect of the bird I've never seen before, despite the many egret shots that are posted on the web. You did very well to keep the whites intact - excellent exposure.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-03 11:22]

Waouh ! Belle et très élégante composition pour ce magnifique oiseau. Bonne netteté. Quelle classe cette Lesley !
Smart and well done. Congratulations !

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-04-03 12:01]

Unusual pose. Very nice colors, sharpness and DOF. I like it. Good note, too.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1462 W: 74 N: 1428] (4750)
  • [2005-04-03 12:28]

Unusual pose, but it works very well as we're able to see the nice long feathers on the back and you still manage to capture the eye. Very good exposure (white birds are so difficult). Well done & TFS!

Well named Leslie, it does look like a bride. You chose the perfect background for this picture. Well done


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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-03 16:16]

This is absolutely incredible Lesley. The sharpness and detail is superb. It looks like an angel.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • vero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 44 W: 8 N: 16] (342)
  • [2005-04-03 17:06]

La pose de l'oiseau donne un effet très graphique à la photo.
Belle composition!

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-04-03 22:23]

What a pretty shot Lesley... just like the fairy lady in Lord of the ring! Very magic feeling!

Great shot, good composition, clarity and detail! Well done, thanks for sharing.

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2005-04-03 23:06]

Stunning image, the detail and sharpness is amazing.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2005-04-03 23:35]

You did a great job on that shot.
Excellent contrast. There's grace on this.

Very nice Lesley.
Great pose, very nice colours, details and composition..
You handle the light very well.
Excellent work.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-04 7:10]

J'aime beaucoup le plumage de cet oiseau qui pose fièrement. L'éclairage et les couleurs sont parfaits.

Merci et bonne journée.

Absolutely perfect.I really like this photo.
Perfect composition, very well sharpnedand and really nice color. Regards.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-04 10:57]

Lovely composition. Like how you captured the details of his feathers. The white on green is very beautiful. Would have slightly cropped a bit on the right but it's a minor detail.
Well done.

Lesley, This a very beautiful and artistic capture on this egret. An excellent job with the light and backround. The colors and detail are superb. A great work!

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-04-06 17:14]

Excellent picture with a well matched title. Usually I like pictures when you can see the front or side of the motive but here I really like the composition with the back of the bird towards the camera.

It must be so easy to overexposure the bird, but I think you managed to stay on the right side of the line. Great details and colours as well.

Thanks for sharing.

Exquisite capture! Those tail feathers are just beautiful-like raw silk. Whatever you did to adjust this photo worked wonderfully! Well done!

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  • Levant (0)
  • [2006-12-31 0:06]

Amazing, elegant looking bird. Reminds me of the doorman at The Grovenor Hotel.



Hellou Lesley.
Very impressive picture Lesley.Excellent coloured presentation
Picture is good arrected. Jaw dropping shot. Very well done. tfs. krgds. Stev

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