Renee Schaefer  

Catch of the Day by Renee Schaefer

October 2020 - Catch of the Day

About the Image(s)

We went to a nature preserve last week. Not much was happening, but there was this one blue heron. For the longest time he was just standing very still, then he plunged his head into the water and came up with his dinner. I was ready. The image was taken in aperture mode. My camera was set to F6.3 and the focal length was 177mm on a 1.6 crop sensor. Within seconds, he gulped in down whole.

5 comments posted

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
This is good image of the heron, you have timed it well to wait until it had a fish in its beak. I like the way that it almost goes along a diagonal, and has got a reasonable amount of space around it. You have got good feather detail on its body and the softer feather detail on its neck is because the feathers are wet from fishing. In this type of situation it is a good idea to take a rapid sequence of images, whilst it has food in its beak as the positioning of the fish can often greatly improve the final image. (A similar situation can also apply to animals' tails)   Posted: 10/03/2020 06:05:19

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Overall it is a nice image of the heron.. the background is a little busy though even at f6.3. Next time, try shooting birds from a lower point or at their eye level.   Posted: 10/12/2020 12:14:47

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Great quick reflexes and resulting "catch". I'm not a bird photographer but several in the club are. Some swear by using Topaz sharpen ap to increase their bird shots. Passing on what they seem to think enhances their shots.
I've been trying to play with focal lengths. your lens must have these mm markings. I don't think my lens does either that or I'm not looking at the right place. Very nice shot.   Posted: 10/14/2020 11:39:09

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
A good shot of that bird, especially with that fish in his beak. I often vignette an image like this, i.e. an image with a single subject/object, to draw more attention to the center of the image.   Posted: 10/20/2020 12:42:14

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Very nice "catch"! :). the uniformity of the background makes it less interesting, a vignetter will help. A little more sharpness around it's head and eye, please. Is that really a fish or a frog of some kind?   Posted: 10/20/2020 15:14:33


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