Cattle egret in the rain



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28 Comments | Report
mylene_ralph
 
mylene_ralph July 03, 2013
Love how you caught the rain, fantastic shot!
foto3la11 PRO+
 
foto3la11 July 03, 2013
Excellent capture!
Shelly-MichelleM143 PRO
 
Shelly-MichelleM143 July 05, 2013
I love this!
olivierlw PRO
 
olivierlw July 09, 2013
interesting shot
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo July 10, 2013
Very good work. Voted!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 July 10, 2013
Funny! And lovely!
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
texaaronpueschel July 15, 2013
Well caught. Voted.
ChrysRizzo
 
ChrysRizzo July 16, 2013
what a great photo... voted
Ising4Him
 
Ising4Him August 15, 2013
Sharp contrast! Wonderful shot!
Lionel
 
Lionel September 25, 2013
fantastic,well done
cilla8 PRO
 
cilla8 September 26, 2013
Awesome capture...congrats on award!!
donanzinger PRO
 
donanzinger September 26, 2013
Captivating shot. Congratulations and thanks for sharing it.
herman-anwar
 
herman-anwar September 26, 2013
beautiful photo...congrats...
jleiweke
 
jleiweke September 29, 2013
Congrats!
gracielabachiperez
 
gracielabachiperez October 18, 2014
Live the rain!
Col365 PRO+
 
Col365 October 21, 2014
Stunning Capture
THOMMAS
 
THOMMAS October 22, 2014
your artistic eye is showing,super kool
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset October 22, 2014
Magnificent capture, beautiful composition. Bravo!
rajasekharrd
 
rajasekharrd October 23, 2014
Excellent click!!
pamelainob
 
pamelainob October 25, 2014
Beautiful, I love the feel of this photograph.
sheliacarlisle
 
sheliacarlisle November 07, 2014
Magnificent capture.
LucBaekelandt PRO+
 
LucBaekelandt August 22, 2015
Fantastic shot
icemanphotos
 
icemanphotos September 22, 2015
Brilliant expo and details.
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq October 06, 2015
Wonderful detail, color - everything! :)
TheCJW
 
TheCJW October 30, 2015
I love the bokeh as well as how you are able to see the rain drops falling.
VasanthSelvaraj
 
VasanthSelvaraj May 26, 2016
No words... keep on clicking...
Witmar
 
Witmar September 09, 2016
amazing
fowzanosman
 
fowzanosman September 19, 2016
awesome shot!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the wading bird rookery of the St. Augustine, Florida Alligator Farm where birds come for the spring and summer to roost and raise their young.
Time
This photo was taken on May 4th, 2013 at 10:47 am. I got to the rookery at 8am - the time they let photographers in to catch the softer morning light and take some pictures before regular visitors start coming in. After a couple of hours, the rain came in, and the rookery completely cleared out. Having been prepared for the rain with the rain jackets for me and the camera, I was the only person that stayed to take pictures. I am very happy I did.
Lighting
Rain and clouds provided for a nice even light which made it very easy to photograph birds.
Equipment
This was shot with Nikon D7000 and Sigma 120-300 f/2.8mm lens. I used the railing to balance the heavy camera.
Inspiration
Once I found a bird in a location that would make for a good composition, I would spend a long time watching it, waiting for some interesting behavior. I just had to take he picture when it started scratching its neck and making a funny face. Rain drops created a perfect addition to the background.
Editing
Other than basic contrast and sharpening, this photo did not require a lot of processing.
In my camera bag
I always pack my Nikon D7000 with an "all-in-one" Tamron 18-270 lens. I also like having a wide-angle Tamron 10-24 and a macro Nikon 105mm with me. These lenses, a tripod, and polarizing filters give me ability to shoot practically anything I encounter. The lens I used for this shot, Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 (with a 1.4 converter) only travels with me for wildlife photography as it weighs more than some animals.
Feedback
I like shooting in the rain. It brings out the colors and provides for many interesting and creative photo opportunities. There are a lot of rain covers available for cameras, so you don't have to hide indoors.

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