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GBH, finally!
Posted By: r scott webb, 07-23-2009, 09:19 AM

After days/weeks/months/years of persistence, I finally nabbed some shots of a Great Blue Heron worth keeping. I've only seen two other Blues and didn't get a decent shot either time. I got off work this morning (wet, gray and gloomy) and hit the C&O Canal yet again, not really expecting much out of the trip. Surprise on me, I saw this when I got there (All shots w/K10D and Tamron 75-300, handheld):


1/60, f/9, ISO 200 @ 300mm.

It was looking for some breakfast.


1/80, f/6.3, ISO 200 @ 300mm.

Oooh, yummy!

1/100, f/5.6, ISO 400 @ 300mm.

Down The Hatch.

1/100, f/5.6, ISO 400 @ 300mm.

Gulp, And Gone.

1/100, f/5.6, ISO 400 @ 300mm.

Time To Go.

1/80, f/5.6, ISO 400 @ 133mm.

Aside from the GBH in flight being OOF, not too bad a morning after all. Comments or CC welcome.

Randy
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07-23-2009, 10:51 AM   #2
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Re: GBH, finally!

Nice shots. Though I see a slight yellow colour cast, and the first five shots are tilted toward the right.

#1 is my favourite. Great pose and sharpness.
07-23-2009, 11:34 AM   #3
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Very nice!... There is one that hangs out in the park over here near my place in NoVA, but he is very skittish and the park is very open so he is hard to approach even with the Bigma.

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Congrats! I was elated when I got my first decent GBH shot last year, so I know how you feel.

#1 is a real winner, #4, too, with a little PP.

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I have been pretty lucky in getting close to these beuatiful birds. Still trying ot get a decent photo. Here is one. I really like the first one. JIM

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Wow, Jimbo---that heron sure has a beakful! And a wonderful shot---especially since its at 200mm focal length.

I've posted this one before:
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Alex, I remember that one and its a great shot. These are very diffcult birds to shoot / get close it and with just a 200mm, its even more of a challenage. JIM
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Thanks to all...

for taking the time to reply. I appreciate it very much.

Alex, thanks for pointing out the tilt...dunno how I missed that. I'll have to correct that when I get a chance. I'm not seeing the yellow cast but my monitor is not calibrated and all that green gets to me after a while. Nice pic in your reply to Jimbo!

MRRiley, this guy/gal actually let me get within a matter of 20' or so. I startled it once and had to follow it up the canal about 100 yards so I could keep shooting. I couldn't believe it let me get that close, especially since I was there for 15-20 minutes watching it. Probably has something to do with it being fairly young I would guess.

Jim, I'd say the pic you posted more than qualifies as a nice shot!

Again, thanks to all for your replies.
Randy

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I couldn't believe it let me get that close, especially since I was there for 15-20 minutes watching it. Probably has something to do with it being fairly young I would guess.
I have found the best thing to do is be patient. Once they start hunting for food they tend to forget about you. They also will return to the same spot to feed so remember your timing. I had one that was like clock work and I would get there 15-20 minute early to set up and wait for him. Got within the same distance as you. I only have a 70-200 telephoto so I need to get as close as I can. Great work and thank you for commenting on the photo I posted on your thread. JIM
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