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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 April 2008 at 11:06
You're welcome!

Above all things, it is probably the location.
While those herons are wild, they were so occupied in their fights, and hatching and buildings nests, that they did't even take any notice of me.

The incredible thing about that heron colony is that it is 10min from where I live. I got on the tram Sunday morning, and after a 10min ride I set up my gear, no big planning, just sheer BIF heaven...

I recently tried shooting another heron in the "wild" and I couldn't get any nearer than probably 100m ....

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2008 at 01:30
Location, yes. And timing. And skill, whether you would like to admit it or not. Makin' me jealous again, guys!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2008 at 13:01
Bernd, those are excellent heron shots. You've nailed the exposure masterfully! Do you shoot in RAW? I am somewhat amazed that you are having to use negative exposure compensation. Against a bright sky I always have to do the opposite, but I guess I'm not up and shooting at the crack of dawn.

Very nice work!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2008 at 13:08
Spring is in the air!

Great Egret in mating plumage.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2008 at 13:24
Superb, Mike. Which lens?
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2008 at 13:35
Originally posted by revdocjim revdocjim wrote:

Bernd, those are excellent heron shots. You've nailed the exposure masterfully! Do you shoot in RAW? I am somewhat amazed that you are having to use negative exposure compensation. Against a bright sky I always have to do the opposite, but I guess I'm not up and shooting at the crack of dawn.

Very nice work!


Thank you, revdocjim (I always wondered what your nick meant,btw, so far I managed to decipher a "rev doc jim", rev as in car ?)

I think the negative EV was a "safety measure": herons can be almost white on their head, and the sun light was pretty intense. But 0,3 was sufficient, anyway.
I did shoot cRAW, converted to DNG and processed in C1 V4, therefore the bold colour, (which was not all that well received on the dpreview forum, btw, some thought it looked too greenish)
regards,
Bernd


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2008 at 13:47
Originally posted by polyglot polyglot wrote:

Location, yes. And timing. And skill, whether you would like to admit it or not. Makin' me jealous again, guys!


Hi polyglot, while I can hardly resist your flattery...
I still think the location is largely responsible for shots like these.

Last summer I was trying to get shots of herons and I couldn't get any closer than perhaps 25-30m, if I was lucky, no matter how silently I went about taking the photos (which resulted in frustration...). Hatching season makes things a lot easier, especially when you get to a colony of birds.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2008 at 14:19
My trusty 70-200mm G SSM and the Sony 1.4TC. This is my "back yard"
Soon will have Wood Stork chicks. I see the nests through the window as I type.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2008 at 17:18
I wish I had that going on in my back yard! All we get is LBJs and pigeons. We have two Indian Rollers that sleep on our balcony, but they come after sunset and leave before dawn. There are other beautiful birds around too but I only see them out of range or in flight - maybe have to get rid of the eight cats!

Great start to this thread, by the way.

Here is one from happier days that I have never been able to identify, so I try to show it around when I can, just in case. It is from Southern Africa, lloks common and I'm sure it's a weaver of some kind, but I can't find it in my books.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2008 at 17:30
WOW, nice Way to start off a new thread!! Here's one that I got recently with the 80-200/2.8...
RoadRunner at Dinnertime

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2008 at 17:51
Taken on April 2nd with A100 + Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro @ 300mm. 100% crops.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2008 at 18:01
That's a cool roadrunner, I really like those birds.
Remind me of feathered dinosaurs, somehow...(like most birds, really..)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2008 at 19:08
Looks like I will have lots of bird shots this spring.
A pair of Downy Woodpecker is building a cavity over my patio and I sit in the lawn chair to take these.
The guy

Wouldn't you know she closed her eyes on the best shot.

If she knew I posted this she would be mad, exposing her like this.


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