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For my next embodiment I would like...

For my next embodiment I would like...
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Canon Tele-converter TC-DC58B 1,5X
Exposure: f/8, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, Other birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-18 2:19
Viewed: 7610
Favorites: 12 [view]
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For my next embodiment I would like to be a ...
Great Blue Heron VI
Ardea herodias

For my next embodiment I would like...
For my next embodiment I would like...II
For my next embodiment I would like...III
For my next embodiment I would like...IV
For my next embodiment I would like...V

There is a thing which I wish deeply, that all the beings living can preserve their natural environment, a long time, a long time, a long time. There are not other paradises except that which we discover at the turning of a path in forest, at the top of a mountain, sat in a field or on the shore of a marsh, a lake or an ocean. Why so many amazements by hearing the song of a bird, the murmur of a brook, the rustle of a breeze in the foliage of the trees, by contemplating an aurora borealis...? Because we forgot that we come from these things, in them we grow and to them we go back. I learned being young that the most important things in life are not things. One of them is called Harmony. It is a very important thing. A natural environment is full of it.
Luc Durocher

Thank you for looking. Have a great weekend!

wallhalla15, jmp, Dando, emmari, Friday, hansh, SunToucher, Dave, Aramok, dew77, hummingbird24, coasties, loot, zenitlady, PDP has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To firesc: ...aurora borealis...Luc 1 03-02 22:37
To Kafrifelle: Régal rétinien...Luc 1 03-01 16:52
To SabrinaSayegh: Thanks for the hug...Luc 1 02-28 21:20
To marhowie: dis-embodiments...Luc 1 02-28 01:31
To Midi: Bonjour/Bonsoir...Luc 1 02-27 22:33
To loot: Silence...Luc 3 02-24 23:19
To ellis49: They deserved it...Luc 1 02-23 03:28
To ellis49: They deserved it...Luc 1 02-23 03:24
To klemmg: ...the intention of the photographer...Luc 1 02-22 01:21
To cloclo6: Concentration...Luc 1 02-20 21:44
To coasties: Photo Filter...Luc 1 02-20 21:08
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Hello Luc,
excellent capture. Fantastic composition and very nice sharp detail. Excellent POV and great colours/lighting too. Very well done. Thank you.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-02-18 4:04]

Excellent Luc! This effect never bores me. Superb exposure and great colors. Sharp details and well composed. Well done & TFS!


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-02-18 4:16]

Beautiful shot Luc, excellent colour, POV, detail and lighting. Excellent composition. TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-02-18 4:45]

Hello Luc, no words to describe this photo!

The stone, the bird with the same shape and color, the number of stones, the hole among them filled with the bird,... this way to transform water in a rear new liquid/gas phase. It's the bird an embodiment of one of these stones, resting before the photo in the same place?
And, indeed, you have make visible with a shot the better perception and concept of humman being about Nature|Harmony.
I'll hope too that natural environment last. But... we have so much intelligence that we can make even digital cameras to trap what we are destroing. What part of our brain (as species) take care of the local paradises?

Thank Luc for photograph the Nature and to use words in the right path.
(PS. Sorry for the mistakes in writing/spelling)

Le choix d'une vitesse lente était courageux car on s'exposait alors à ce que le héron bouge trop et devienne flou également. Mais au final, c'est parfaitement réussi et ce n'est pas seulement une photo de héron, c'est aussi de l'art photographique.

Great shot Luc,
Good detail, colours and very sharp.
Composition is good. Good POV and good use of the longer exposure. Your notes give out a great message, thank you Luc.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

Words fail to describe the appeal in this picture; and I don't mean it in terms of its technical or aesthetic excellence. It truly is an illustration of what you have put so poetically in your intensely meaningful note.
Thanks for making my day, Luc!

Dificult to believe that it is real... Magnificant image! Thanks for sharing Luc!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-02-18 6:30]

An impressive picture, i like the colors and the sharpness is good. Choosing the shuttertime of 1 sec. gives the water a nice, almost milky looking. Weel done and thanks.

Hi Luc,
wow, this is so unreal, like in another world.
I love the silky-effect here so much.
Wonderful shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-02-18 7:24]

Bon matin Luc,
Magnifique prise de vue avec temps d'expsotion allongé, superbe effet visuel et le héron est d'une netteté parfaite, une très grande photographie, merci du partage et bon week-end!


Some things never change do they but the more you see of this guy you post , the more I like it.

Hi Luc,
Amazing photo with the slow exposure and the luck that the Heron didn't move an inch. I'll take of my hat for this shot. It's added to my fav's immediately!
TFS, Niek

very, very well said and a fantastic capture to go along with it,
TFS, fototab

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2006-02-18 8:58]
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Bravo pour cette belle composition.
Pourrais-tu me dire comment tu fais pour obtenir cet effet de flou ou filé de l'arrière plan? Merci.
Jean louis.

beautiful composition!! excellent work.

Vraiment très belle cette photo. L'effet neigeuse de l'eau donne a cette image un aspect féerique.


Superbe prise Luc, c'est vraiment artistic.



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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-02-18 10:22]

What a stunning picture. Only a heron could stay that still, that long to be able to produce that effect with the water and still have a sharp heron.



Oi Luc, lindíssima foto, mas tenho uma dúvida, Com a velocidade tão baixa do obturador, com isso o tempo de exposição maior dos "objetos" fotografados, eu te pergunto... como conseguiu manter a ave imóvel?
Um grande abraço e aguardo resposta... =o)
Hi Luc, beautiful picture, but do I have a doubt, With the such low speed of the obturator, with that the time of larger exhibition of the photographed "objects", do I ask you... as it got to maintain the immobile bird?
A great hug and I await answer... =o)

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2006-02-18 11:51]

:o) wauuuu
Fantastic captured !!!
great details and shrapnes
TFS Libor

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-02-18 13:45]

So beautiful Luc!
A real masterpiece!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-18 14:57]

Hello Luc!
Excellent capture again.Visual impact is amazing.
Colors,details and composition are perfect.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-18 15:51]

Allo, Luc.
I could see from the thumbnail that this photo was yours.
It just had your signature all over it. : )
Another beautiful "reincarnation" shot of yours.
I just love the greens and browns in it, and the water in slow motion.
A dreamlike feel... TFS. : )

maginfique commment réussire de faire une pareille merveille vous avez demandé au sujet de ne pas bougé durent une segonde une prouesse merci du partage

I read your words, and am sad that they are necessary.

But perhaps by saying them, their meaning will be realized...before it is too late.

Another beautiful image Luc.

Your passion for this theme shows well, and I thank you for the pleasure it gives, in the viewing of it.

Wow... magnificent Luc. The composition is outstanding. The placement of Heron is perfect IMO. I also like the green hue to the image. Congrats!

Hi Luc!
Excellent view! Beautiful colors, light, composition! Great details! Perfect work!
TFS ;-)

Bonjour Luc
Félicitation pour cette superbe photo l'effet flou de l'eau donne un aspect irréel et de mystic
encore une fois Bravo pour cet oeuvre d'art

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-02-20 2:40]

Hi Luc.
Magic composition,alls is excellent, colors contrast special efect,all is beautiful.

PD. I Wait more critique and comment, I need of your comments critiques and tips photografic.

As greg always says... you are master of water!
We tried to do similar photos but... looking at your shots I won't try :-)

Great scene and colours, wonderful effect with the flowing water, the intense stare of the bird in opposite direction to the water flow creates additional tension and an interesting contrast between the bird's concentration and the easygoing flow.

Oooohhh waht a nice photo, kongratulation for your photos

Excellent capture.Fabulous water movement and detail.Very lucky to get the Heron staying still.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-02-22 14:55]

Hi Luc, I missed this one a couple of days ago, its a stunning picture. Well done. THe lightning is almost magical. Well done, congratulations Reina

Hi Luc,
I have missed this great shot until now.
The water is beautiful in it's softness and colour.
The long shutterspeed really pays of here, but
I think you have trained the heron to stand still;-)
The composition are very good withe the heron perfect placed in the frame, Good details and POV.
Excellent work, young brother.

sorry about the ice hockey last night.

bonjour luc
je n'ai pas encore reussi a prendre un heron,alors je trouve cette photo extra pour l'oiseau mais aussi pour le flou de l'eau.merci et bravo.

Gorgeous shot Luc, I like everything about this beautiful capture, very inspiring. :)

Hello Luc! Wonderful words, beautifully expressed! The shot is exquisite, marvellous earth tones, lovely setting. Great focus on the heron to bring out the subtle tones on the feathers, lovely softness on the rest of the composition. One of your best, I think! Linda

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-02-23 18:15]
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Hi Luc
I ask myself, "Now what do one say, as a late comer, after such a long, long, list of accolades?"
Since reading your notes I really felt like silence could be appropriate....
Silence to ponder upon the words spoken so truly,
Silence to acknowledge the dire realities,
Silence to look inward and ask what can I do?
Silence to take a moment and overcome my sadness
Silence to believe in the path to be taken.

But alas, after all this "silence" it still remained a “great heron”, and a beautiful river, full of rocks with character, and the fact remains, it was brilliantly captured.

Wow, it held perfectly still for one second! Great shot, I love the effect of the water around the bird. Well done!


This is a great technique you have developed Luc. I have tried this once here, without success.

Great composition and sharpness on the heron. the blurred water really is quite good.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2006-02-25 12:10]

Magic shot Luc. Fantastic sharp details in flowing water and magical light. Thank you for an illustration of Nature|Harmony and your truth words. Are with you in spirit.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-25 19:38]

Hello Luc, very ethereal shot. Has a unwordly feel to it. I amazed you got that amount of blur in the water and that amount of detail in the heron in one second! Very well done.

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  • firesc (12)
  • [2006-02-26 1:52]
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What a great composition! I like how you captured the bird, unaware that it was being watched! The colours are simply amaizing! They all look alike, but all the things are so clearly distinguished from each other.

I have a question: I guess that the bird is surrounded by water but I was wondering whether I got that right, or it's an effect of the aurora borealis?


Hello Luc,
This is another in your great series of...
dis-embodiments ;-}} So how many times can we be embodied...until we get it right? :-}
Very well done.

Ainsi se départagent les photographes des artistes... qu'ajouter de plus? Je suis bouche bée...

Bonjour Luc, laisse moi deviner, Île de la visitation.

Très belle image.

Je fais le même style depuis à peu près 3 ans et j'ai beaucoup de plaisir à le faire ...

Regarde ici:


Désolé, je ne sais pas comment mettre l'hyperlien.

Amitiés ...

Luc this shot is great.
Well done.

Salut Luc!

L'UAHM (Union des Artistes Hérons Migrateurs)va bientôt te poursuivre pour abus d'illustration de leurs membres.
Blagues à part, une autre image très bien réalisé qui démontre qu'une photo se fabrique d'abords dans notre imagination et que les moyens mécanico-électroniques ne sont là que pour traduire notre pensée créative.
Bien sur, la vision ne suffit pas, il faut aussi la science et la compréhension de cette dernière pour parvenir à l'aboutissement aussi fidèle que possible de nos rêves et de l'imaginaire.

Bravo et poursuit ce rêve aussi longtemps que la race des hérons (ou toi ;o) ...) suriviveront.

Pour la critique:
Belle composition, et surtout excellent contrôle de la technique (vitesse lente entre autre).

Beautiful shot with the longer exposure excellent colour, POV, detail and lighting

Yes, nothing to add really. It is a winner :-)

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  • Glint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 51] (315)
  • [2006-05-10 9:30]

Bonjour Luc,
A really lovely shot. I love the colour. So tranquil.

Absolutely magical Luc - a frozen moment in time, so perfectly captured. Exposure, DOF, sharpness, composition, colour, POV and comment, all brilliant and totally harmonious!
Your lens certainly reflects your words. Thanks Luc


Great Blue Heron is my favourite bird too and I have taken shots of them several times. The interesting point about these series of your shots is that you used the motionlessness of the bird against the flow of the river to create the nice water effect.



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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-12-05 14:58]

Fantastyczne zdjêcie Luc. Bardzo dobra kompozycja i ostro¶æ. Piêkny klimat stworzy³e¶. Pozdrawiam Robert.

Hello Luc,
excellent capture!!! Fantastic composition and very nice sharpness and detail.
Regards, João Edgar

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