Tale of the Take: Great Blue Heron II


We were at Spring Lake Park yesterday morning with our friends Suzanne and Sid Johnson, who drove in from Eldorado.  As we drove slowly by this little lagoon, I spotted a Great Blue Heron wading along, searching the water for prey.  I had my camera on my lap and decided to get a photograph.  Just as I got the camera to my eye, I saw him tense, and I knew he was going to fly.  I immediately pressed the shutter and held it at approximately 8 frames per sec and got a series of photos.  Here are three of the resulting images.

The EXIF exposure data for these images is as follows:

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm lens – hand-held
  • 1/2500 sec. @ f5.6 – minus 1/3 EV
  • ISO 400
  • Lens focal distance – 260mm
  • Shutter priority
  • Partial metering

I might mention one of my habits.  I prefer to adjust my EV by minus -1/3 most of the time, as I like how that slight under-exposure renders the tonal values.  Of course, if the whites are still extra bright, I go another 1/3.  And then, of course, there are my “senior moments” where I have forgotten to make the proper EV adjustments and have had to correct in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.  I use both, depending on……….heck, I don’t know.  I just do this stuff by feel, meaning I use whatever I feel like at the time. 🙂

It really makes me chuckle.  My work flow is so confusing and maybe “cluttered”, I sometimes wonder how I manage to produce the good work that I do.  If two people asked me how I did something, I would probably give two different answers.  But, for me, the fun is getting the job done with a great result, not how I accomplished it. 🙂

So, I hope you enjoyed the above images.  You can click on any of them to see some enlargements.  You can still vote for me at this link, People’s Choice Award.  I appreciate your votes.

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14 thoughts on “Tale of the Take: Great Blue Heron II

  1. Great series. Magnificent bird! I too especially love the 2nd one. I take exception to the ‘senior moment’ thing, though. I still can’t remember to do everything I’m supposed to do when I’m trying to set up a shot. BTW – you’ve got my vote! 🙂

  2. This is something I would love to paint on stone..I need to purchase a copy of the photos?? Let me know…Thanks …The blue herons are such marvelous birds…

  3. I love the “action” series! I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who doesn’t always pay close attention to my settings, or know exactly how I edited something!! 😉 Most of the time, when I edit, I just keep making adjustments until I see what I like – but don’t ask me how I did it!

  4. I also like the one with the water rushing off it’s feet. Keep posting your link to the photo contest – it’s an easy and helpful reminder to vote for your photos 🙂

  5. I love action series. These are awesome, especially the middle one with the water dripping off his (her?) feet. ~ Lynda

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