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Thumbs up POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

This is simply called 'Heron' and is by DerekW:


Nick Temple-Fry sums this brilliant Heron shot quite succinctly: "I really don't think there can be an argument over this one. A magnificent shot of a shy and often unco-operative bird."

Congratulations Derek!

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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

I quite agree with Nick. This is a very beautiful shot.

By chance I had scored this on the gallery on the website first thing this morning when I saw it. It is a lovely image.

I have taken many heron pictures but they are nothing alongside this. I'm very jealous...

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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

It is simply such a beautiful picture that I am having to fight the inclination to give up wildlife photography almost as soon as I have started. How is it possible to get a shot like this? It is real art.

Well done.
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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

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It is simply such a beautiful picture that I am having to fight the inclination to give up wildlife photography almost as soon as I have started. How is it possible to get a shot like this? It is real art.

Well done.
It's all down to persistence and patience

I'm no expert wildlife photographer, but I do have a few decent keepers.

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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

What a stunning and beautiful image Derek. I imagine it was taken abroad somewhere. Am I correct? Anyway,many congratulations on a wonderful shot.
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No argument about this one!
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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

Thank you for your kind comments

A few details, the bird was patrolling the beach when we landed at the island on a Zodiac dinghy - it was a wet landing - as opposed to a dry landing where you only get a bit wet.

The heron would stand in the shallow water only a few feet from us, then take off and fly along the beach only a few feet above the water surface, I guess it was fishing, in competition with the sea-lions who were swimming with the tour group or amongst the swimmers in the tour group.

I expected to have the picture criticised because the shadow of the bird was truncated at the bottom of the picture.

While this was happening there were blue footed boobies flying over head and diving into the water to get fish - a very entertaining location.

A place where one can expose several hundred pictures in a very short time.
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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

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Thank you for your kind comments

A few details, the bird was patrolling the beach when we landed at the island on a Zodiac dinghy - it was a wet landing - as opposed to a dry landing where you only get a bit wet.

The heron would stand in the shallow water only a few feet from us, then take off and fly along the beach only a few feet above the water surface, I guess it was fishing, in competition with the sea-lions who were swimming with the tour group or amongst the swimmers in the tour group.

I expected to have the picture criticised because the shadow of the bird was truncated at the bottom of the picture.

While this was happening there were blue footed boobies flying over head and diving into the water to get fish - a very entertaining location.

A place where one can expose several hundred pictures in a very short time.
I think you missed out where exactly this marvelous location is

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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

Derek -

Congratulations on your POTD.

Stunning.

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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

And that's another worthy winner for 'Picture of the Day' - a real cracker of a photo

They're very difficult to photograph at the best of times, so how lucky were you!!
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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

Picture taken at Post Office Bay, Floreana Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Just south of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean
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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

A truly astonishing picture, a worthy winner. Congratulations Derek.

What post-processing did you use?
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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

A beautiful - and unusual - shot. Well captured!
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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

Ellie asked about the post processing.

It was taken as a Jpeg (I have now moved onto RAW capture)
I would have used Photoshop to do levels and curves and to crop the sides down a bit, it is almost full height.

In September I bought Aperture and loaded all my selected (aprox 1000 out of 3200 pictures taken on the trip) into Aperture and then tweaked it again - did a bit of edge sharpening and then exported it from Aperture for putting on the Gallery website.

Nice thing about Aperture is that the only time a further change is made to a Jpeg is when you export it for a specified size, so all the tweaking was done to throw away files with the change information stored as instructions to be applied when a new version of the image is required.

I now take RAW and use Aperture to run the conversion and do the tweaking.
Actually I am getting quite impressed by Aperture and the way it does the non destructive edit. However it did give me a reason to upgrade the computer and also get a new screen. <g>

Hope this answers your question.

Also thank you every one for your kind comments about my holiday snap
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Re: POTD Tuesday 2nd December 2008

Taking nothing away from the photographer but most these shots are down to pure luck. I am not saying there is no skill involved and the photographer isn't skilled but these shots are just perfect - the elegance is truly magnificent. When you look back on these after taking the shot you know you have captured something special.
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