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Ice Skater

Ice Skater
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of World, Joe's Favourites 1, Alex99 favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-11 10:25
Viewed: 3925
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I wasn't going to post this shot but I thought you might like the situation. This was taken before Christmas when we had the cold spell. This lake was partially frozen and the heron seemed less than amused by this new development.

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Hello Karan,
Extremely beautiful shot in perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details!
the reflection is just awesome and beautiful!
captured well with good exposure and focus
very well done indeed
friend Tony

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-11 10:37]

Hi Karen. Fantastic pose with the look on his face. You have captured fine detail and colours. very good refection in the ice. well seen TFS.

Super shot Karan!
You could also title this "Taking a Bow" etc.
Great unusual pose and reflection.
Very good detail and composition.
TFS, Richard

Hello Karan,

I like the reflection on the ice very much. Your Grey Heron is sharp and ful of fine details. The colours are very soft. Especially his neck has a beautiful color. Nice weekend and TFS BOB

I suppose it is like looking through the restaurant window... food so near and yet so far! This is rally a great shot. Water on ice certainly makes for a mirror like surface. It's really lovely.

EVelynn : )

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-11 11:50]

Hi Karan, I'm in love with this shot, it says so much without words. Not only is it technically good, but it is well seen and so original. The pose of the heron says it all, thank you!


hi karan
very good picture with perfect details on bird
very nice pose
good job

aleks ;-)

Bonsoir Karan
Elle est superbe cette photo de héron qui se reflète sur la glace; il a une attitude très intéressante !

Soberbia y excelente toma Karan. Gran limpieza en toda la fotografía con una buena iluminación. Muy acertado el que pueda verse todo el entorno.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-01-11 13:11]

Bonjour Karan
Très belle prise, très belle attitude du sujet, bonne netteté et couleurs, très bien cadré avec ce beau reflet.
Amicalement Robi

It is a quite comical shot - and at the same time, artistically perfect. I love the reflection off the water/ice. It is almost as perfectly detailed as the focus on the bird. Well done, Karan!


Hi Karan, splendid reflections on ice, wonderful colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Karan,
Certainly it should be a very different situation.
It's so unusual the twisted pose caught on the heron, and the beauty of the reflections on the ice.
I like the vertical composition made and the sharpness of the image.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-11 13:53]

Hello Karan
Excellent presentation.Well composed image whit excellent POV .Very sharp image whit great details.I like the reflextion of your subject on the ice.
TFS Michel

Eccellente il momento di cattura, ottimi colori e nitidezza.
Molto molto bella.
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-11 14:06]

Hola Karan
hermoso y nitida captura,
detalles y espléndido pov...
reflejos excelentes,

Hello Karan,
Definitely a very good one, especially through its pose. You photographed at the right moment...
There's an overall good clarity in your pic and nice natural light has been applied.
Well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-11 15:22]

Hi Karan,

How could you even consider not posting this fantastic shot? It's wonderful - and the reflection is great. I love the pose - the feathers are marvelous.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-11 17:05]

Hola Karan.- Exelente foto. Finos y agradables colores suaves de esta presentacion. La pose es muy hermosa tambien, sobre el hielo, y el reflejo le da un valor agregado.
Saludos Karan.

Hello Karan, excellent shot, great pose, good composition and fantastic sharpness, nice colors and light.

Simply beautiful! thanks for letting us in on your secret world Karan! It looks like an amazing journey...

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-11 23:53]

Hi Karan,
Just marking this wonderful shot from you for now and will come back.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-12 2:33]

Wow Karan!
What a beautiful image!
What's this guy expecting to catch? ;)
Excellent composition showing the reflection superbly!
Razor-sharp with great clarity.
Wonderful colours.
Another addition to my favourites :)

A beautiful bird sharply focused, a good posture and an excellent reflection lead to a perfect composition. TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-12 7:06]

Hello Karan,
The light on the Heron is amazing. The contrast with the dark BG is beautiful. Perfect sharpness and details. Very nice pose. POV and composition with the reflection are excellent.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-12 8:41]

Hi Karan.
It's really brilliant shot by subject and by quality. I am impressed a lot. What a DOF and wonderful scenery. What a superb ice surface reproduction. The pose and image of the bird are outstanding as well as the reflected image. Stunning exposure level, wonderful colours, great soft lighting. I also love the framing and composition. This is my next favorite picture. Bravo.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-12 9:09]

merhaba karan
wonderful capturing of this cute and beautiful bird
composition, point of view, lighting, reflections, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

This is a beautiful image. Like you, I really enjoy Herons and have spent a lot of time with them. Gorgeious shot, the ice gives a surprisingly diffent perspective than a simple clam water reflection. Well done. TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-12 21:31]

Hello Karan

Great capture!
These herons are very similar to our Great Blue herons over here.They actually stay near the open water of streams ans rivers until quite late here,I have seen them in early January here.
You have managed to get a wonderful POV for this shot.
The scene is wonderful,as the bird intently watches for lunch to pass by.
I think the ice and reflection adds a neat element to the shot.
Just look at the feathers,the way they fan out.Greta job.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-13 7:19]

Hello Karan,
fantastic capture, pose is very good, with great details and beautiffly caught fethers
nicelly composed and clear shot
regards, Dejan

Hi Karan,
What an elegant and sophisticated capture! I like this original pose you captured, beautiful colors, details and reflection! Well seen!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-13 23:53]

Hi Karan,
I liked the pose you captured a lot. The heron doesn't seem to be happy with the situation at all... POV, the reflection of the bird on the ice and composition are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-01-14 8:06]

Hello Karan , Exelent shot , good sharpnes reflection details pose very good , tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-14 8:17]

Hi Karan,
Beautiful and interesting capture!
Good sharpness and POV!

Hello Karan, excellent pose caught of this heron and I really like how the reflections of the frozen water have worked to capture a beautiful effect. Really superb.Good luck with the great upgrade of 40d tfs Rgds, Necip

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-14 14:35]

Bonjour Karan,

Je suis bien contente que tu nous présente cette photo. J'adore la pose du grand héron et le fait que tu es capturé tout son reflet ajoute beaucoup à cette image. De magnifiques détails avec de belles couleurs naturelles.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-01-15 14:57]

Hi Karan,
Fortunately you've decided to post this photo. Pose is really beautiful!
TFS, José M.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-17 4:59]

Hello Karan, great reflections and beautiful pose of the bird in this nice composition, the details are fine and the overall quality is very high. Thanks !


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-17 13:43]

Hi Karan

Sure you did good to post this...it would have been a huge shame not to! ;)
It's really a terrific capture! I like not only the splendid pose of the heron and his reflection, but also the outstanding look on its face - almost grumpy to see he's slipping all the time and very frustrated to see another handsome heron very close to him all the time :))
Aside the funny element, there is also a very well taken shot, with sharp details and a very good exposure management.
Splendid work, Karan!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Karen,
Wow, amazing shot, the reflection is incrediable, I can't believe you weren't going to post it, its a beautiful photograph, the pose the color your pov. Love it. TFS

Hello Karan,
This is well done... by the bird too!
My magpies have a thing or two to learn from this fellow, they are not very gracious on slippery surfaces...
I only hope he can get to the food somewhere else, it is easy to see this is not to his liking...
Pablo -

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-02-02 13:49]

Wow - just my kind of shot. Excellent! Well done Karan! Cheers, Klaus

hello Karan

WOW what a lovely pose of the heron and a great timing
of you too shoot him in photo, excellent sharpness
and details with a very good reflection, TFS


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