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Lens: SMC Pentax M 400/5.6 Camera: Pentax K10D Photo Location: Waterloo ON ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/200s Aperture: F11 
Posted By: 8540tomg, 07-18-2010, 08:18 AM

I haven't seen a lot of herons about of late so I was pleased to come across this Green Heron hunting in the local pond. This was the best I coud managed as he was in the reeds.









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Nicely done Tom. Like the first one the best. I got a couple fo Heron shtos yesterday. JIM
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Thanks Jim.

I wish I could have managed a few shots without the reeds between myself and the heron but it wasn't in the cards today. Looking forward to your shots.

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Very nice, Tom! I guess a shot clear of the reeds would be desirable but I will always make allowances for good context if they're otherwise clean like these.

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Thanks Dave,

I always fall back on the old "bird in its natural environment" excuse when reeds get in the way. It is not entirely without merit. The fact is I wasn't about to get soaked to get a clear shot when I knew full well he would gone the moment my foot hit the water. If you can at least get the eye in sharp focus the shot isn't a total loss. The morning light and stopping down about four stops seems to clear up most of the CA/PF issues with the M 400/5.6.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
If you can at least get the eye in sharp focus the shot isn't a total loss. Tom G
My thinking exactly
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Fine shots. IYou do that M400/5.6 justice.
I'm facinated by that pointer stance they make just before striking. Is this a juvie or a female? The ones around here have a lot more color as well as a crest. Can't say I have been as close to one as you seem to do though.
Thanks for the "natural environment" posting!
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terrific series tom... the 3rd and 4th.... great action sequence... heron stealth... dave m

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QuoteOriginally posted by imtheguy Quote
Fine shots. You do that M400/5.6 justice.
I'm always impressed with what he does with his M400/5.6.
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I'm always impressed with what he does with his M400/5.6.
and my +1 on that!
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Fine shots. IYou do that M400/5.6 justice.
I'm facinated by that pointer stance they make just before striking. Is this a juvie or a female? The ones around here have a lot more color as well as a crest. Can't say I have been as close to one as you seem to do though.
Thanks for the "natural environment" posting!

Thanks Lee,

My field guide suggests this is an imm. or immature Green Heron if I read it right. I have no clue as to the sex. I didn’t really get all that close. As I recall I was probably about 30 feet away on this series. I cropped them and enlarged 66% on the crop. For all that they came out reasonably sharp. In the fourth shot, which isn't a clear as I would like, he has just nailed one of the minnows found in this pond.


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Thanks again Dave, Oren and Dave,

Once in a while I get one in focus. I think I took a little over a hundred shots and these four made the cut. Not a great batting average is it? That being said I enjoyed the hunt.

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Not a great batting average is it?
Sounds about like me. I get one or two keepers out of every 50 shots or so on an average day. Today I did well, out of 135 shots I got around 25 nice ones, mostly bees, and a couple of bees in flight that are actually in focus. That's a first for me. Probably will post a couple in the near future, but I'm still sorting through to see what I want to show off from the Texas road trip last week...

Very nice shots, I can't wait till the water comes back in at my favorite spot so I can shoot some ducks and water birds. I like the Yellow Crowned Night Heron too, whoever posted that one, I can't scroll right now, laptop acting up...
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I think I took a little over a hundred shots and these four made the cut. Not a great batting average is it?
I've concluded that's the way to get good photos. Think of it as fouling off pitches until you get one you can hammer ;~)
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I've concluded that's the way to get good photos. Think of it as fouling off pitches until you get one you can hammer ;~)
That's the beauty of digital eh Dave. I would never have taken the time or spent the money it would have taken to get these heron shots in my film days. To extend your baseball metaphor it keeps you in the batter's box longer.

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