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Old Friday 6th May 2016, 17:00   #1
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Great Blue Heron

Well, it is a very common bird, but I wonder what do you think about composition?
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Old Friday 6th May 2016, 17:24   #2
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Great focusing through all that vegetation and it seems to be composed quite well.
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Old Friday 6th May 2016, 22:19   #3
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As KC said great focussing but overall the photo is too fussy and distracting. The eye needs to be drawn to the subject and unfortunately in this photo it's not IMHO!


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As KC said great focussing but overall the photo is too fussy and distracting. The eye needs to be drawn to the subject and unfortunately in this photo it's not IMHO!


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Thank you for your opinion, which I respect!
One of my favorite subject in the photography is photographing camouflaged animals. It is relatively easy to find and photograph camouflaged fishes, insects, frogs and even lioness against yellow savanna grass, and I did photograph them all. Please sea for example this devil scorpionfish (Inimicus didactylus) , which I photographed in Hawaii http://epod.usra.edu/.a/6a0105371bb3...0ac679f970c-pi Do you see my suject right away or your eyes need to be drawn to it?
With birds, at least with birds in SF it is harder. Of course there are great horned owls, and sometimes they are camouflaged very well, maybe some other birds too. With herons it is different. It is not a problem to take a nice image of a heron with a nice background, nice light, and so on, but I took so many such pictures that I have became kind of bored of them. So I've decided to try something different:the subject that eyes should be drawn to, just as you said. I know the heron did not try to be camouflaged, but it looked that way, so I photographed the bird in the grass.

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As KC said great focussing but overall the photo is too fussy and distracting. The eye needs to be drawn to the subject and unfortunately in this photo it's not IMHO!

This is a matter of taste, I think. For me the photography perfectly captures the skulking nature of this fabulous ambush predator. This is a bird that does not want to be seen. It's supposed to be difficult to view perfectly.
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This is a matter of taste, I think. For me the photography perfectly captures the skulking nature of this fabulous ambush predator. This is a bird that does not want to be seen. It's supposed to be difficult to view perfectly.
Thank you, but I cannot take a credit for photographing a difficult subject. Herons are common in Golden Gate Park, and they hardly care about people. They are very easy to approach and to photograph. They would only react on a person who is running, otherwise they mind their own business, ignoring people with cameras. Actually a few days ago a heron killed a gopher right in front of me https://youtu.be/c19AAOQ3GOA
I did not a good job with this video partly because he was way too close.
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I am like KC I love it. It is a great photo. To me the lines lead me into the bird.
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