John Roach  

Mighty Big Gulp by John Roach

October 2019 - Mighty Big Gulp

About the Image(s)

Captured with Nikon D500 with 200-500mm f/5.6 constant aperture as one image in a sequence if several images of this Great Blue Heron in wonderful light along the river bank fishing. I was in a boat pretty close to the bird with a resulting 300mm (35mm equivalent) focal length with Auto ISO 360, 1/1600s, f/5.6, -1.3 EV, Aperture Priority, Lightroom.

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7 comments posted

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Gulp is right! I always wonder how they manage to swallow a catch that big. I feel like choking just thinking about it! This is another strong nature story from you. Both the bird and the fish are sharp in my opinion. The head is turned ever so slightly causing the eye to be a bit shaded. You may want to lighten that area a little so they eye is more obvious. I really would like the water color to be less muddy brown. I think if it were mine I would apply a colored filter to the water area only and see if I could change the hue to something more harmonious with the blue feathers.   Posted: 10/06/2019 11:10:54

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
This is such a great nature story, John. I like all the parts of it. Your feathers are so very sharp and draw me into the picture. I wanted to get a better look at the fish and enlarged the image only to find that you could crop the fish and face to have even another powerful image. While I noticed the brown water it did not disturb me.

  Posted: 10/06/2019 16:13:58
John Roach   John Roach
Lisa, indeed there is another image within the image to focus the story. It does seem even more intense. I am happy with the seems pretty natural to me. I did in the crop open up on the shadow some on the close up crop around the eye.   Posted: 10/07/2019 12:40:59
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Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Oh, I do like that even more than the one you submitted. The focus on the fish is great, and the feathers are beautiful as well. Great color and great image.   Posted: 10/07/2019 12:48:04

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I'm with Lisa and like the close crop a lot. Congrats on a fine image. My style would remove the small twigs.   Posted: 10/15/2019 16:22:43

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
AMAZING! The light on the bird, the eye, the fish, the drops of water flicked from the fish's tail are wonderful. While the close crop is nice, I prefer the original as it shows this birds victory strut and beautiful blue feathers. The muddy water and logs add context.   Posted: 10/24/2019 21:00:54

Tom Brott   Tom Brott
Like this image a lot. Great detail from splashing water from the fish to great feather detail on the great blue. I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 10/25/2019 19:50:05