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First Great Blue Heron

Posted Tuesday 19th August 2008 at 13:59 by Fowl Mouth
Updated Wednesday 20th August 2008 at 07:19 by Fowl Mouth
Since I picked up the 70-200 1:4 L for my Rebel XT back in January, I've been pushing the heck out of it for birding (despite the obviously "short" limitation of said lens). In that time I've had half a dozen encounters with great blues, but always at a distance.

All that changed on July 31st when I was getting ready for work. While putting on my shoes at the back deck, I saw the shadow of large wings in the distance, and ran inside for my camera, hoping for the best. After a frenzied image burst, I came out with one good shot.

To my dismay I had left the camera set to ISO 1600, and Av @ 4 from the evening before. So I've done my best to hide the digital noise, blown highlights in the face, and horizontal banding in the shadows of the wings (this baby is way to the right).

Thanks for looking.

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Processed in Photoshop CS2:
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kmdipaolo's Avatar
I know the feeling, that fantastic opportunity only to discover your camera wasn't set how you wanted. We have lots of great blues here along the Mississippi, but catching them from the angle you got this one is hard. It turned out very, very nicely. A beautiful bird!
Posted Wednesday 20th August 2008 at 12:02 by kmdipaolo kmdipaolo is offline
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