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Great Egret

Great Egret
Photo Information
Copyright: Thomas Roach (sigint) Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 26] (363)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 80-400mm VR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-29 12:16
Viewed: 2707
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This rookery is right next to a second 18 hole golf course that is under construction. Fortunately, they had to move the golf course so it wouldn't interefere too much with this rookery. The tree is shared between Great Blue herons and Great Egrets. There are numerous ponds and other sources of food for these magnificent birds. I have two more shots from this series I will upload in the next couple of days.

I had to keep switching between the VR being on and off because the lens was on a tripod but wind was blowing and it was a tiny bit shaky so I thought maybe the VR would best be on, not off as recommended by Nikon for tripod use.

Photshop CS2 barely used, but the "smart sharpen" feature [new to CS2 and a true wonder] could be used. You can select for "gaussian blur", "lens blur" or "motion blur". The last of these even has a little dial so you can correct for the direction of the movement. I find it is almost always a toss up between lens or gaussian blur for best results.

As always, with the D70 anyway, a white subject like this Great Egret means you must use "spot meter" mode or you will get overexposed whites.

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Gostei muito da foto e das garças também, está muito bem definida.

Gostei também da focagem, as garças, os ramos e a vegetação ficaram muito boas.

Apesar de tudo, só tive pena pela nuvem estar mesmo atrás da garça, acho que ela ia ficar muito melhor com o fundo azul do céu. Mesmo assim não deixa de ser uma foto muito linda.

Parabéns. :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-30 3:17]

Great shot of the great egret, Thomas. The composition is excellent. Sharp details and good light on the white plumage as well. Well done. TFS. ; )

excellent exposure control, clear and sharp capture!

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