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Old 25th October 2008
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Grab Shot of a Heron

My wife called out to me when I was in the bathroom this morning saying she could see a heron at the top of a tree. I quickly dashed downstairs for the camera then back up two flights to the loft room and got off four shots with the E-3, 50-200 + EC-14. The bird was about 200 ft away so I really needed something longer. Back down two flights for the OM 300mm and 2x converter, back upstairs again and changed lenses just in time to see the bugger fly off

This must be the only time I've ever taken photos with a face covered in shaving foam

Here's the best one. E-3 + 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD + EC-14, levels sharpening and quite heavy crop in Master.



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Old 26th October 2008
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Re: Grab Shot of a Heron

Bloody hell I am nackard reading about the effort you put into this pic, well done and a nice shot shame you did'nt grab the 300 lense 1st. Is that blue sky I see it's not fair we have got the wet stuff.
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Old 26th October 2008
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Re: Grab Shot of a Heron

John

Thats very nice.Lovely contrast.
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Old 26th October 2008
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Re: Grab Shot of a Heron

Thank you both for the kind comments

My failure was in rushing to grab the camera and lens without checking where the heron was first I sort-of assumed it would be on a tree towards the end of our garden, in which case the 50-200 + EC-14 would have been ok-ish. Unfortunately, it was actually on a tree halfway down the garden that backs onto ours, a good 50 - 75 ft further on

I'll know better if there is a next time

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Re: Grab Shot of a Heron

Hi John -

Great capture. I hope you are now recovered.

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Old 26th October 2008
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Re: Grab Shot of a Heron

Here's my recent shot of a heron:



Herons are pretty common around here, so I don't usually bother with them. However, I liked the background on this one. It's quite a severe crop as the bird was wary of me and I couldn't get too near.

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Old 26th October 2008
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I like that one, Jim - the crop and amplification (or was it the PP?!) makes it look like a watercolour - and a good one.
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Re: Grab Shot of a Heron

Well done for getting that shot JohnGG, I can't tell that you were in a rush. The bird looks slightly incongruous don't you think, perched on a conifer?

Yours Jim shows how well they blend into their natural surroundings, there isn't a huge difference between the bird and the rushing water in the background.
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