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Heron's Beak

Heron's Beak
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Copyright: Arjuna Vision (ArjunaVision) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 6 N: 25] (174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-25
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-05 9:21
Viewed: 6078
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 30
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The Heron's Beak.

If you look closely the beak of this bird is crossed at the tip.

The story behind the Picture: I learned that this was much appreciated, so here it goes!

I Used a f/6.3 and 1/160sec for this picture. I put my 50-500 Sigma (aka Bigma) in front of my camera and got real close. Because there was not much light I used a tri-pod.

Normally if you calcutate (Focallength times 1.6, meaning 500 times 1.6) the bracket you could use for your shuttertime to produce a sharp image, my 1/160sec would not be enough. Dilemma! A dark picture or an unsharp picture? I solved this as follows: I used the tripod. This helped a lot in bringing the sharpness into the picture.

The background was a pond with dark-green water. For the DOF the lens did the rest! I focussed the lightmetering on the light part of his neck and head. In Photoshop I added a bit of contrast to bring 'light' into the picture and I used the 'burning-tool' to deepen the surroundings.

Hope it helps you a bit the same way other comments helped me before!

Thanks for the nice comments to all.

Greetings Arjuna.

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To whjb: The BeakArjunaVision 1 11-06 15:09
To whjb: Hi WillemArjunaVision 1 11-05 12:25
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This is quite an interesting effect used here. :)
a very good composition and subject. I think the exposure is just right.

Welcome to TN.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-11-05 10:19]

what a wonderful and interesting portrait, arjuna! :-)
perfectly sharp with beautiful soft lighting, terrific dark
and blurred bg and awesome details -
it does seem that the crossed beak disturbs him.
well seen & captured, thorsten.

Hello Arjuna,
Welcome to TN. This is a wonderful portrait of this heron. Details, colors, POV and DOF are just great! I like this beautiful lightning and back ground too. Well done!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-05 10:34]

Wonderful capture of the heron. I love the BG it really sets him off. Good POV and sharp details



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  • whjb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
  • [2006-11-05 11:30]
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Hi Arjuna,

I like the work you did on this nice and sharp photo. Could you please share with us how you did it?

I saw a blue crane with a similiar beak problem. I wonder if it is common with birds in captivity. Any out there who can enlighten us?


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-05 12:20]

Hi Arjuna,

Welcome to TN,

You start with a very nice compositionn,with goodcolors and details,well done and TFS


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-05 13:43]

Welcome to TN... excellent portrait Arjuna with great detail and perfect light control and background.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, background, framing.

I like it: notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Congratulations for the first post between us.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-05 14:30]

Hi Arjuna,

Fantastic first post, great POV and a lovely composition that look like a oil painting, nice details and beautiful colours with a great dark BG that nicely compiments the image.

I have just read your reply to Willem, it would be great if you could edit your notes to add this info as it would be a great help to all us beginners.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-06 4:57]

Hi Arjuna, splendid shot of this Heron with a crossed beak!! It's an Heron with a stammer!! Exposure and colors are great, the framing too. Congratulations, Didier.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-11-06 6:01]

beautiful portrait! very well done. beautiful background and atmosphere. tfs

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-11-07 21:42]

Excellente présentation!


Hello Arjuna,
I like how you have obtained the photo, with the heron being confused in its inferior part with the dark bottom.
An excellent composition.

Excellent post and very interesting note, thanks.

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-05-20 13:59]

Hello Arjuna,
A very very nice portrait of this heron.
Perfectly sharp with beautiful soft lighting, amazing details.
Beautiful background.
Very well done.
Congradulations and thank you for sharing!
My best regards,

wonderful shoot!

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