Love your top shot, the jaggy trunk and jaggy feathers complement each other so well, and also the light+colour and pensive pose are beautiful!
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Thanks, Liz. Just a few moments can make a big difference.
Magnificent. The frogs & shallow-swimming fish had best beware!
Thanks, Gary. The bird did not go fishing after this but flew off to parts unknown which was a surprise as it’s a very shallow pond and wader fish there often. Shot from the car on a beanbag with my little Canon SX60 at the ridiculous focal “length” of 1365mm.
Oh my~! These look like Robert Bateman paintings. Absolutely gorgeous.
That’s an awesome compliment, Melissa. Thanks!
Very Nice Steve! One of my favorite birds to photograph!
Mine also, Reed. The bigger the better. 🙂 Thanks.
I especially like the sepia tones of the first. The other detail that caught my eye was the combination of the downward-lying wing feathers next to the upward thrust of the broken snag fragments.
The light was changing as the sun rose so the sepia tone was just that. When I first started visiting this pond there were several snags, this being the last one standing in the pond. Birds often perch here for a while, most often preening.I like its texture and the bird’s ministrations let some feathers proud of the body to complement the broken branch.
Excellent! Great portraiture. The 2nd one somehow strikes me as looking like a collage.
Thanks, Robert. I am not sure but maybe the background gives it that appearance.
I assume the mistiness in the second is a treatment during processing, given the greater clarity in the first.
I spent 30-40 minutes with the bird and the light was changing as you might imagine. Also there was a ground fog that cleared over time. I didn’t add any fog.
Remarkable. You should do wildlife photography more often.
Thanks. It’s not one of my first pursuits but when the opportunity arises…
…you seem to do rather well.
I get lucky sometimes.
Skill. Don’t sell yourself short.
Thanks. I don’t. I can make images but when it comes to knowing where the animals are and how to see them I have little experience. So I am lucky when I do find them. I can find waterfalls much more easily. 😀
I think the main thing is that we live close to a number of places where very specific wildlife are known to be, so it’s easy for us to see them. And then there’s the bobcat that comes into our backyard about every six weeks. And the coyotes, who are definitely not invited. And the deer who, while beautiful, are also not invited because they eat everything that grows.
We do get visits by wildlife but mostly night wanderers. And we have had to stop feeding the birds due to bears.
A compelling reason.
Thank you, Saania. 🙂
These are stunning, Steve. I like the feeling of movement in the second with his beak open. Both are well done.
Thanks, Jane. The second was my favorite of the shoot for that reason but I liked the light of the first. Stay well!
Nice composition, Steve – the mist adds great softness.
Thanks, Eliza. I am always happy when there is a mist to work with.
The tones and the light in that top image are really nice. I like the composition, as well, showing the entire angled branch, and the pose and placement of the heron.
Thanks, Todd. The bird and snag were a good distance but I was able to frame it fairly tight with the zoom ability of the SX60. This is by a not terribly busy highway and I was shooting through my car window so had to move the car a bit to line this up.
Pale and subdued, ancient-looking, perfect. The timelessness!
They do sometimes have a prehistoric look about them and the fog enhances that. Thanks, Lynn.
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