David Terao  

Go Fish by David Terao

June 2022 - Go Fish

June 2022 - David Terao


About the Image(s)

This image of a blue heron diving for a fish was shot at the Huntley Meadows Park in Virginia. Post processing involved mainly cropping and adjusting the tones including dehazing in Lightroom, and then cleaning up the background in Photoshop. I also used Topaz Labs' DeNoise to eliminate noise. Exposure was 1/4000 sec @ f/4 and ISO 8000.

8 comments posted

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
interesting capture! usually I focus on bird's eyes, once it dipped into water, those shots came out out-of-focused.
BH's body is sharp, water droplet is clear, guess that's 1/4000s do the trick, I might experiment a little to drop the shuttle speed in order to gain some ISO advantage.
On the composition front, not sure what could be improved to instill some more interests to inside the frame, given the available elements in front of you, like to hear others comments on that.   Posted: 06/08/2022 13:20:53
David Terao   David Terao
I guess I'm outvoted. This image was shot in continuous burst mode with a series of 30 images; some immediately before the bird's head entered the water, and some right after. I liked this image because it had the most action with the splashing water and ruffled feathers. The other images showing the bird's head/eyes looked too static.   Posted: 06/13/2022 06:32:02

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
You really did capture the action with the fast shutter and high ISO. It's not so easy to do. Well done! But I think I prefer being able to see the action but also see either the bird just before he finds his prey or after so that we can see his eyes and the fish in his beak!   Posted: 06/11/2022 23:45:26

Robert Knight   Robert Knight
I agree with Charlie and Phyllis. I find it a good action shot and the post production is good but it doesn't quite work for me because the bird's head is not visible.   Posted: 06/12/2022 16:19:14

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You successfully stopped the action with an amazingly sharp image of the bird. I don't mind the head submerged - it tells an interesting nature story for me. My only suggestion would be to crop down on the top to eliminate the bright shore line.   Posted: 06/15/2022 06:34:33
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Cindy. I did crop down much of the background shore and darkened what was left. But, I see your point. It is still somewhat distracting.   Posted: 06/15/2022 07:28:00

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Interesting view of a large bird in action. The classic, static view of the bird is becoming boring!   Posted: 06/20/2022 20:25:15
David Terao   David Terao
I'm certainly not a bird photographer, but I do enjoy trying to capture birds either in-flight or in a static position. I found a static bird can be interesting if it is doing something (e.g., eating a worm, cleaning its feathers, etc.). A static view of a bird doing nothing is not very interesting; hence, why do it unless it is solely for a record shot.   Posted: 06/21/2022 05:04:12


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