Michael Weatherford  

"Sometimes you're the cattle egret, sometimes you're the frog" by Michael Weatherford

July 2024 - "Sometimes you're the cattle egret, sometimes you're the frog"

July 2024 - Michael Weatherford


About the Image(s)

I actually have a title for this one - "Sometimes you're the cattle egret, sometimes you're the frog".
Based on a country song. Original included.
I took this shot at the edge of a bean field deep in the Arkansas Delta. Driving around the edge of the field on my way to a swamp, looking for some wading birds. There were several cattle egrets feeding in a muddy area. I happened to catch this one with a juicy frog. Used a Nikon Z8 with 400mm plus 1.4TC. Initially cropped in Lightroom Classic, then exported to Topaz Photo AI and let it do the rest. Feels like cheating. I finished processing the photo in LR classic. Mostly lowering highlights on the bird trying to get better feather detail.

2 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
When they are in their full breeding colors I always think the cattle egret looks for formal and dignified. I really like how he stands out so boldly from the background to provide some impact to the scene. The impact and story are enhanced by the size of the frog. In the original there is so much of the doughnut blur created by the use of a long lens that I think the crop really worked well to create a more pleasing composition. My only suggestion, is not really a suggestion but more of a wish. Personally I like more of a profile or front view than the view of the subject receding as it travels away from the camera.   Posted: 07/09/2024 13:51:14

Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
Michael - nice shot of the beak piercing the frog. You caught the eye on a slant, so that helped too. There were cattle egrets all over the Hawaii golf courses I played for many years.   Posted: 07/10/2024 12:15:20


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