Tom Brott  

Untitled by Tom Brott

January 2020 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

Taken at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. This morning there was a feeding frenzy going on but I kept an eye on this great white egret as it was definitely doing it’s own thing. Sure enough it came up with this needle fish. Unfortunately it kept walking away from me so this was the best frontal view I could get.
Canon 7D MII, f/8, 1/1600 sec., ISO 1600, 100-400 lens with 1.4 ext = 560mm, hand held.
Darkened the back ground by just using the shadow slider, used Imagenomics to reduce weak noise and a small amount of cropping.

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6 comments posted

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Although we like to have a more frontal view of the wildlife this still works for me as you can still see the Egrets eye with a nice side view of the Needle fish. To me the front leg of the Egret is lost in the dark background so it appears it only has one leg. My suggestion would be to lighten that leg enough to be visible.   Posted: 01/09/2020 13:22:30

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Very nice. I particularly like the dark background, that removes any distractions. the color of the fish is delightful as is the eye contact. I agree with Pamela, but I would only add a touch.   Posted: 01/10/2020 13:39:22

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
The nature story is a good one. Your image is sharp. I would like to see a bit more of the feet in the water. I also think that the eye could be brightened slightly especially since it is turned away from the viewer.   Posted: 01/11/2020 18:12:03

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Those darn birds like to turn away from the lens when they do something cool! You caught him just in time so I can still see enough to make this an intereting shot. Tack sharp as your image always are, I think. You certainly are skilled at getting the correct exposure on white birds in my opinion. I agree with the others about lightening up the leg on the left. The water background works well for me and I can see nothing else about this image that I would suggest changing.   Posted: 01/14/2020 09:29:50

John Roach   John Roach
(Group 64)
Wonderful image, Tom. The composition, color, tone, moment of capture, depth of field, sharpness and overall presentation is very nice. I agree with the lightening the one leg a little. Fine job.   Posted: 01/15/2020 13:14:21

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Great nature image. The detail on the bird and fish, and the eyes is wonderful. I would try to bring out the eyes a bit more. The gleaming white of the egret really pops against the dark water, and I see the a hint of the blue/grey of the fish in that water. The curves of the bird and fish take my eyes up and over the bird's head and down the beak and fish right into the rippled water. The fish tail points to some ripples that appear to be reddish. Perhaps lightening the water slightly would bring this out without sacrificing the pop of the bird. This adjustment would also make more apparent that dark leg of which others have spoken.   Posted: 01/22/2020 19:57:09