Great Blue Heron .....Part 2

by Russell Smith December. 09, 2019 226 views

As you can see from the above image that the morning started off with very flat lighting it was hard to pull out this little bit of contrast from the raw file.

When I moved the tripod I managed to startle the little white bird which is a Snowy Egret and well I was already focused on the Great Blue Heron so I went ahead and took a few frames hoping to get at least one I could use.

The Snowy Egret landed on the perch . The two small birds are Pie Billed Grebe's While they are fairly common in this area (the Low Country of SC) they have not been a common sight at the park until about October when this pair took up residence at the park.

Once the Grebes swam out of sight I stood there looking over the swamp and something caught my eye. A wake.....Huh It is too narrow for a Gator so what kind of swamp monster is this.

Well the Great Blue Heron saw it and flew down to the log. Ok so this is not a threat to the bird so what the devil could it be. It is something that this heron thinks could provide an opportunity for a meal.

Hmm it surfaces for second and then dives again. Is this a large snake????

Stay tuned for tomorrow to see what this swamp monster could be.

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John Wilson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The suspense is killing me!

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Antonio Gil 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Love #3. Can that be a otter? Looking forward to see what it is smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 10 months, 2 weeks ago


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Camellia Staab 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I coming back for more. I really like #1 even with the flat light. The softness of the shot really adds to the scene. #2 I like because of how you were able to catch the flying egret and its reflection.

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 10 months, 2 weeks ago

#2 there is a pose to the egret that I love but it is just a bit too soft for my personal taste as it sits today. With #1 honestly I love the scene I do not mind the flat lighting but for me  it is something so different in style (a flat soft look to 90+% of the image) from what i normally do (at least in my mind) . I personally love a certain level of contrast something a tad less than #4 in terms of contrast or an image that I can reduce the contrast through something like applying a matte look with a curves layer.

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Sherry Hill 10 months, 2 weeks ago

staying tuned..

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