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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: 2007-12-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-26 14:09
Viewed: 5823
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everyone,

It has been awhile since I have posted here. My dual careers of Law Enforcement, and now freelance photographer, have kept me busy. Recent critiques and e-mails from friends I have made here encouraged me to get back to participating again. I have updated my member profile and hope to be a regular here again.

A quick trip to Southwest Florida only gave me two days to do some nature photography. My favorite place to photograph birds is the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida. This refuge is considered one of the top locations in the U.S. to photograph birds. If you are ever near the area of Ft. Myers, Florida, this is a superb place to view and photograph many species of birds.

Some afternoon sun was just filtered enough by a thin cloud layer to soften the light. This Great Blue Heron appears to be looking at his reflection, but was really eyeing up a fish to snatch out of the water.

CeltickRanger, SunToucher, jaycee, dejo, Juyona, Ena, Adanac, marhowie, Alex99, uleko, hester, SelenE, valy67, Argus, tkp1165, ScottHale has marked this note useful
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hello Scott

welcome back

beautiful shot, everything is excellent on your photo,
the reflection, the details of the subject, the sharpness,
the contrast between the subject's colours and the rest
of the image, the good timing taking the shot the heron
on that position and the framing of the heron on the image



Hi Scott,
I did miss your great photos and notes. But then I can understand how busy you must be with the jobs. I do hope that your photography career is taking giant leaps.
The clouds did not only soften the light, it also allowed for wonderful colored reflection in the water. That green does look magnificent. The very concentrated look of this Heron is wonderful and shows the concentration of it perfectly. The head of the Heron does look a little bright but also very sharp.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-26 14:37]

Hello Scott
Capture so clear and with great details and lovely colors
beautiflly focused eye and the head
regards, Dejan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-26 14:46]

Hola Scott,
preciosa captura foco y lindos colores e iluminación maravillosa,
hermoso trabajo amigo...
Happy New Year

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-12-26 14:55]

Hello Scott,
Wonderful shot!
LOvely reflection on the water!
Great sharpness, colors & composition!

Hello Scott,
Nice to see your excellent posting again!
as for this one, perfection in total sharpness, vivid colour and so much details to view and enjoy!
thank you for a wonderful notes
sincerely wishing you A VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Ohh... Santa brought me that lens! I'm curious. I see you used the 1.4x. Do you find that using the extender is significantly better than just cropping the 200mm image the same amount? My husband has that extender. I'll have to check that out.

I love the water and the refelction in your image as much as the heron itself. It's a nice sharp image with good color.

TFS and welcome back.

Evelynn : )

Hello Scott It's good to see you are back with a fine very sharp shot of this heron. Reflections look great. Happy new yr rgds Necip

Hi Scott,

very nice shot. Amazing effect reflections. Well done. Tfs. Stev

Hi dear Scott ,
Nice shot with great details and nice reflexion.
excellent composition.

Thanks for sharing
Happy New Year

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-27 1:28]

Hello Scott,
Good to see you back again. What an excellent clear colours! The reflection is amazing. Very good sharpness and composition. Fantastic BG.

Hey, you found your way back Scott!
Wonderful image with reflection. This heron stands out very well against the greens of the water, a classic pose. You know, I really don't have a decent heron image myself :(
Happy Holidays mf, good to see a post from you again.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-27 7:38]

Hi Scott,
Just marking it to come back later with a proper critique.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-27 10:29]

Hi Scott,

It's so good to see you posting again! Congratulations on your new career. This Heron is superb! The colors are magnificent. The details are so sharp we can distinguish each feather. Beautiful face, eye and beak. And a fantastic reflection.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-27 11:25]

Hi, dear Scott.
I am glad to see you here this holiday time. My best wishes to you and your family in coming New Year. Amazing picture of so fine bird and scenery. Superb sharpness of the scene and vibrant colours, Mirror reflections are wonderful too. Bravo and best wishes.

Hi Scott,
Good to see you posting here again!
I like very much the rich colours got here, specially the greens and yellows of the water.
Pose, sharpness and clear details got on the heron are just great.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Scott,
Beautiful photo, love the color and wonderful reflection!
Great POV , glad your back!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-27 19:39]

Hello Scott,
So glad your back Scott, and it looks like we are in for a treat as this image is splendid, great camera work, thanks Scott.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-27 20:30]

Hello Scott

The colours are exceptional and the reflections are beautiful.
The composition is excellent with sharp focus and detail.
Wonderful POV and DOF.
The plumage detail is super.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-12-27 21:00]

Howdy Scott. This is looking good - well captured, and I love the reflections and colours.
Good to see you back on site

Hi Scott

Long time no see for both of us! I too have recently started to sell some of my work as well and even created my own landscape calendar for all our family this year!

Anyhow picture... I love herons, they are so great and the colours on this one are excellent, though I may have put him a little further off centre... justa thought.

excellent DOF and sharpness BTW. I have been toying with the idea of buying this lens and extender myself... it is either that or the 100-400mm L (very heavy for me though or even the 28-300mm L F/2.8 which I have recently seen as well - my make my 24-105mm L redundant? But I really need the wireess remote release first... £2000 spent just like that hey!

TFS and Happy New Year

Hi Scott,
Nice to hear from you :)! What a beautiful capture! Colors are impressive and so are details and exposure. Reflection is superb! I wish you all the best in your new enterprise and may this New Year bring you all that you wish! Regards,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-12-28 13:03]

Hi Scott,
great shot, the lighting is excellent and gives you such great details in the plumage. onderful colors and the reflection adds a lot interest to the composition.
All the best for the coming Year.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-29 3:49]

Hello Scott,
Nice to see you back and with a splendid shot of a Heron deep in the water. Wonderful light and reflections. Impressive sharpness and beautiful colours too. Well done!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-29 10:27]

Hello Scott, good to have you back ! That's a fine shot of the Heron, the background details and colors are awesome and the bird is very sharp ! Well done ! Thanks, have a great 2008 !


Incredible beauty!!!! You have a special talent. This is beautiful art, and remarkable clarity! I am moving inside of 2 days, do not know where. Maybe I can use the internet, maybe not for awhile. I think you should contiune your photography, it is wonderful!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-31 7:07]

Hi Scott

This looks like Narcissus in love with his own reflection. The reflection is just stunning and is perfectly caught. Stunning colours, perfect exposure and beautifully composed. It is a very attractive image.

All the best for 2008



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-02 13:35]

Hi Scott,
Nice colors, contrast,composition, POV and details. TFS
Best wishes,

hello Scott !
What a woderful picture ! I love everything here : sharpness, details, nice saturated colors, composition, POV... The green water makes a beautiful BG and the pose of the bird is really splendid, as well as its reflection on the water. Very well done !

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-05 0:59]

Nice to see your work again, Scott!
This Great Blue Heron fishing in the shade is great: he stands out well against the dark BG with excellent sharpness. Superb composition and lighting as well.
Though we can see his fine reflection, I guess he sees very little of it in this light, so that he can see his prey instead. There is an African species of heron that uses his wings to creat a shadow so that he can see the fish he is after!
Thanks for sharing this one.
I'm sure you'll do well in your new venture as a free-lance photographer,

Hello Scott,
A marvelous picture, looks like a paint the green water. All delicacy and natural art. Super job my friend

Hi Scott
Glad to see a new post from you.
Excellent capture of this great blue Heron. Color, exposure, sharpness, and detail are wonderfully done and I really like the reflection in the water.
Great job, very well done

First of all, I mean this in a good way. Your a "purist" as you have taught me to be and I think it's great! This photo looks artistic...so much like a painting. I only mean that in saying your photography has become an art form, not just a photograph. You have used the f/8 aperture to create some beautiful specks in the water. The sharpness is superb and the exposure is everything you would want. You have taken your photography to a new level.
I am glad to be able to witness it.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2008-03-02 0:31]

Scott this on is great, Well composed and well exposed.


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