Jerry Biddlecom  

The Catch by Jerry Biddlecom

September 2021 - The Catch

September 2021 - Jerry Biddlecom


About the Image(s)

I suppose most of us have found ourselves taking a picture and perhaps because
we were in a hurry to turn the camera in a different direction didn’t pause to
look at our view screens to check out what we had captured. In the case of this
image, I was testing out a new lens and only later when viewing the picture in
Photoshop did I realize that this egret had a bird in its mouth! Luckily, the exposure
was good enough and the auto focus worked so that, with just cropping and a little
tweaking in editing, I ended up with a surprise final image. Taken with my Nikon
D500 with 200-500mm lens, at around 1,200/sec shutter speed. With 20-20 hindsight
I should have waited until the bird tried lifting off the railing. A bit grim, but that’s
nature ...

1 comment posted

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Those lucky shots do happen and you are fortunate to get this one. You have sufficient color, sharpness and detail, but cropping the feet of the egret is a no, no, especially in competition. I think this image is worth taking the time to select the feet and placing him/her on a rock or keep the part of the railing as well. As it is, it may give the impression of the bird standing on air.   Posted: 09/13/2021 09:51:16


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