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Blue Heron

Blue Heron
Photo Information
Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-09-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-10-30 19:35
Viewed: 1527
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The blue heron was knee deep in thick duckweed yet somehow still managed to occasionally spot a fish for dinner. These large herons are quite common here in Ohio and can be found on most bodies of water.

I was not thrilled with this POV as the surrounding duckweed is a bit distracting, but the heron refused to move to a clearer spot:)

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A beautiful capture indeed, Ron.
Writing from mobile is not my comfort zone, so making it short.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-10-31 6:55]

Hello Ron,
Beautiful photo of this heron. Excellent sharpness, natural colors and a nice composition.

Hi Ron
Nice photo. The duckweed background is interesting. Nice composition.


Splendid Ron,
The sheen on the water and duckweed really makes the shot special,

Hello Ron,
Well captured this Blue Heron. To me Duckweed doesn't look bad in the BG. Sometime it's very difficult to crop such posing bird. Details are good and well focus on its eye.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-10-31 15:49]

Hi Ron,absolutely fantastic,the best DOF for the best details,and the background so flat and uniform is perfect to transform the pic in a peinture,very very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-10-31 23:15]

This is a beauty, Ron. The green tone of the surroundings contrast nicely with the heron. The bird is sharp and beautiful. Great picture.


Hello Ron – Very attractive picture of this Ardea herodias with an excellent view showing us all the details of the feather from the wings.

Technical achievement

• Excellent focus on the wings and more generally on all the bird ; with a special mention to the eye
• Perfect exposure with an appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso.
• Perfect depth of field and sharpness – The lateral view is a good choice
• Good contrast
• Excellent sharpness showing all the details of the feathers
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendering for the bird
• Good post processing without any excess
• Good background blur
• Background being a little bit too present; but, as you say, it is often difficult to avoid this.


• Interesting picture and good capture.
• Efficient framing and composition with an appropriate disposition of the subject inside the frame. Good composition in lateral capture, showing all the details of the bird
• Interesting to compare your Ardea herodias from Americas with our Ardea cirerea from Eurasia (in fact, very few differences between the two species (mainly the size)

Thank you for the sharing.

Have a good day.


Good shot of this bird. If you are lucky you can see them using a stick to stir up the mud in an area like this and fish for whatever small creatures they dig up. I am constantly surprised at how common they seem to be in the US - I wonder if their numbers are increasing?

Hi Ron,

I like the reflectionms on the water. The point of view is showing the details of the Blue Heron. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.


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