Donald Dunn  

Green Heron by Donald Dunn

February 2021 - Green Heron

February 2021 - Donald Dunn


About the Image(s)

Date photo made:February 4, 2021
Location: Riparian Preserve, Gilbert, Arizona
Camera: Sony a7Riii, monopod assisted
Lens: Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS + 1.4X
Lens length: 840 mm
Shutter speed: 1/1500
Apperture: f/9.0
ISO: 1250

Post Processing: Lightroom
Moderately cropped, minor Development adjustments

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4 comments posted

Peter Dominowski   Peter Dominowski
Donald; I love Green Herons, and enjoy shooting and then Riparian Preserve when I'm in Phoenix, so your photo caught my attain right away.

I've never shot with this camera and lens, and have no idea how close you were to the bird; a lower aperture may have resulted in better bokeh and a cleaner background; but it's possible you need to use f/9 to get the Heron completely in focus.   Posted: 02/08/2021 16:59:35

Judy Haran   Judy Haran
These little guys love to hide in the sticks, don't they. I like how you brought down the shadows on his black head a bit. Nice detail on the feathers and the down on his beak. The only thing I might add to it is to brighten the highlights in his eye with a brush.   Posted: 02/14/2021 10:40:36

Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Very nice image of the green heron. These herons are quite shy and like to hide in the vegetation around them which makes it very difficult to get a clean background. You have done a wonderful job with that in this photo. Maybe as Peter suggested a lower f stop would have made it even cleaner. Excellent!   Posted: 02/14/2021 14:23:14

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
These guys can be tough to photograph! They really don't like the limelight. They are cocky and will often take on much more than they can handle. I once saw one try to swallow a small frog for over 1/2 hour and just could not get it down. Didn't stop him from trying though!

This certainly is a typical pose of the Green Heron and great composition. I like it a lot. I might try a little clarity on the image. It looks like there is some "mist" or fog on the image and I sometimes find the clarity slider if use a small amount can improve that.

  Posted: 02/17/2021 13:03:41