Mike Cohen  

Great Egret High Key by Mike Cohen

March 2020 - Great Egret High Key

March 2020 - Mike Cohen


About the Image(s)

This is a Great Egret taken at Wakodahatchee, a Water Utility created
wetland with many birds used to people. Shot with my Sony a9ii and Sony
200-6-- at 303 mm, 1/4000/sec, f/6.3, ISO 400. I only made minor
adjustments as best I can recall other than the crop as shown.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Mike, what a great image. I so like the reflection. The image is sharp and interesting as a nature story. That is what makes it fun. I think that the whole image would be improved if only a small amount lighter.   Posted: 03/12/2020 17:15:38

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
An absolutely beautiful action image. I wouldn't do anything to change it.   Posted: 03/13/2020 17:08:22

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I love the action you captured here. I generally prefer smooth water, but for me the parallel lines seem to work in this image, and the reflection is lovely. I am curious about the brown vertical lines near the top. I was only at this location once, but I am thinking they a part of the boardwalk. If that is correct, the Nature folks would disqualify it from competition (that is why we started Nature Plus - oh those Nature rules are annoying!!!). I think this is a beautiful capture and I have no suggestions - you are a master.   Posted: 03/14/2020 10:50:00
Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Thanks Sharon. The brown lines are trees but I don't like them either.   Posted: 03/14/2020 15:10:44

John Roach   John Roach
(Group 64)
Lovely image, Mike. I didn't really notice the parallel lines until mentioned by others. You created a magnificent image with this crop and tonal adjustments. I definitely think the original image has possibilities for a wider view and that the trees make sense in that venue. Wonderful work...well done...well done!   Posted: 03/14/2020 16:11:07

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
There is a story in this wonderful image. Is the bird talking to himself, or dancing with a partner? The colors, contrast, tones, clarity, and sharp focus are perfect. Even the details in the reflection are sharp. I love the graceful sweep of the wings and feathers, and the flying water droplets. I LOVE this image. You titled it High Key. I have not seen as many shadows/dark regions in other high key images. What is your definition of "High Key"?   Posted: 03/18/2020 14:09:01
Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Hi Judith. Frankly, I have no idea why I named it high key as I don't think it is. What I think of as high key is something like white on white, or an image purposefully overexposed and the dark parts stand out in contrast. Not sure what I was thinking. Thanks for pointing that out and for your very nice comments.   Posted: 03/18/2020 17:46:21