Bruce Benson  

Snowy Egret by Bruce Benson

June 2022 - Snowy Egret

About the Image(s)

Taken at ST Augustine Alligator Farm Florida. I used a wide open F stop to blur the background and positioned myself to avoid as much as the backlight as possible and waited for the best pose I could get.

F 3.1/ 1/1250/ISO 800
Canon 1DX MK II/ Canon 400 2.8

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7 comments posted

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Bruce, I missed you by a week at the Aligator Farm. This year was very productive as you are showing us. Lots of nesting birds and in matting colors as is this male cattle egret. Interesting pose facing you directly, and the beak and eyes are in full focus. Nice plumage and head colors. Sharp. I just added a little light to the shadows and cropped slightly   Posted: 06/06/2022 15:23:06
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Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Hey Isaac, Sorry I missed you at the Alligator Farm, what an amazing place to photograph nesting birds in a natural setting even though it is in a zoo setting. I have been there many times and can hardly wait to get back each year. Bruce   Posted: 06/09/2022 16:03:46
Mary Frost   Mary Frost
Bruce you showed much patience to wait for the right shot! It is nice to see how effective the blurred background is. You have a very still pair of hands to keep such fine focus.   Posted: 06/10/2022 16:46:23

Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Bruce, What a cool image! I love the egret's expression, the sharpness of your photo, and the uncluttered background. I think the cropping that Isaac did makes it even more effective. I sure wonder what this bird was thinking as he stared at you.   Posted: 06/10/2022 11:36:06

Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
Interesting, Isaac's touch-up... as I myself thought the background seemed a bit dark. The bird does stand out but for some reason, that was my first impression. The bird itself is great as you get feather details and as mentioned its nice and sharp. I do like the new crop also.   Posted: 06/12/2022 16:22:19

Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
I like the egret's expression how he/she assumed a particular attitude/position in order to be photographed. The blurred background makes the egret stand out. I also like the tighter crop.   Posted: 06/14/2022 18:11:18

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Bruce, this is a great capture of a lovely bird. I love it when a background is colour sympathetic to the animal and this is a great example. Isaac's modifications do help to make your bird 'pop' more. A lovely image Bruce.   Posted: 06/23/2022 23:57:55