Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

June 2022 - Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

About the Image(s)

This was taken last Fall at the St. Louis Zoo. This attractive bird was sitting inside the entrance to the Cypress Swamp, and posing. I took it with my Olympus E-M1 Mark II camera, Olympus 75-300mm lens at 100mm (200mm in 35mm equivalent), 1/30th second, f8, ISO 800. I adjusted the shadows and highlight sliders some in Lightroom, and cropped in a bit.

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

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I frequently photograph at the St. Louis zoo. You have nice details on this bird and caught a good pose. My only suggestions are to darken the background, especially the upper right corner and perhaps lighten the bird (especially the chest) just a little.   Posted: 06/16/2022 07:15:27
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Okay, thanks.   Posted: 06/16/2022 07:47:41

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Great capture! I like Cindy's suggestion. I think you. need to create a little more contrast between the background and the bird so the bird stands out a little more. Maybe even try blurring the background just a touch more?   Posted: 06/26/2022 04:56:57

Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
Composition, lighting and focus are right on the money. The background works well with this model since she naturally blends in with her surroundings. The log at the bottom is very supporting and the slope of the hill to the upper corner gives nice perspective and compliments the heron.

I've been watching the young eagles fledge on the eagle-cams online for the past few months. There's one eagle family that took in a hawk as their own and she just started flying a few days ago. Sorry to bore you. One more thing, you should try the 365 day challenge. They give you a word a day to get a picture and post on the 365 gallery. It's a good motivation to pick up your camera every day and get some photographic exercise. No commenting required. Just a friendly suggestion.   Posted: 06/26/2022 15:15:40