Jerry Baumann  

Grey Blue Heron by Jerry Baumann

July 2024 - Grey Blue Heron

About the Image(s)

I photographed this gray heron in a wetlands in Colorado at 7000 ft. I’ve seen it for a few days most
years, as it is apparently migrating through our area. I’ve seen it apparently stalking underwater pray in
the water other years.
I photographed it with a DSLR APS-c Canon, shooting with a Canon 100-400mm L series, 2 nd generation
(full frame) lens, at ISO 400, f-9, 1/1000 sec. Minimal cropping. Except for lens corrections, color
correction, and minor luminance and contrast tweaking, there was very little post processing.

5 comments posted

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Jerry, the GBH is sharp but the grass in front of him is competing very strongly and taking away protagonism of the bird. Also, as a side note we do not see the complete legs. The black smudge on the left upper quadrant is also distracting as is the greenery on the water. Sometimes getting low helps to avoid some of these distractions, and of course, to walk the image until you do not include the grass if possible.   Posted: 07/04/2024 18:43:28

Kathy Buckard   Kathy Buckard
Hi Jerry. You were probably very excited to see this Great Blue Heron. Also as Isaac suggests, if you were crouched lower you would not have as much room over the bird, avoiding the black smudge on the upper left quadrant. Hope you have other opportunities in the future to catch this great bird.   Posted: 07/08/2024 17:34:30

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Jerry, you did a good job on the Great Blue Heron. I appreciate Isaac's suggestions. The top of both of the GBH's legs are blocked by two reeds. If you would have moved a little right or left we would have included the legs. Jim   Posted: 07/11/2024 10:49:06

Gloria Grandolini   Gloria Grandolini
Hi Jerry, I agree with comments of others on avoiding distracting elements next time. In terms of getting full bird, as I am a novice in bird photography, what if in this case the image is cropped to focus only on the face and thus avoid the distractions?

  Posted: 07/12/2024 09:28:28
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Jerry Baumann   Jerry Baumann
Gloria, I really like your approach. Your cropping addresses most of the issues, and it's dramatic.   Posted: 07/12/2024 10:37:23


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