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Patience Is A Virtue



Photography by Randy Benzie

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lbernardin
 
lbernardin September 01, 2013
Beautiful example of "sometimes less is more."
jasonaskim
 
jasonaskim September 01, 2013
Such a calming shot
Timbo
 
Timbo September 01, 2013
Outstanding shot... Great atmosphere.....
WolfEyesPhotography PRO+
 
WolfEyesPhotography September 01, 2013
Simple and soft - nice capture!
Thimbee
 
Thimbee September 01, 2013
Very nice!
vesipenkova
 
vesipenkova September 02, 2013
Extraordinary!
adoptedone
 
adoptedone September 03, 2013
What a beautiful shot!
SherranAndersen
 
SherranAndersen September 04, 2013
Nice textures.
ChristinaFreak
 
ChristinaFreak September 05, 2013
Great capture!
Marjoriesmithphotography PRO+
 
Marjoriesmithphotography September 05, 2013
VERY special...
janoogee
 
janoogee September 10, 2013
Beautiful image and photograph. great shot of the lone bird waiting on its food to swim by. love the contrast and the story the image tells.
shema
 
shema September 11, 2013
beautiful, soothing, lovely edit, nice mood
alaska1984
 
alaska1984 September 17, 2013
This is a wow photo here for sure. Love it. Voted.
Cirrus
 
Cirrus September 27, 2013
Very nice, well captured..
Jon--Hall
 
Jon--Hall September 28, 2013
Talk about atmospheric, nice!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 October 15, 2013
this is great ambience. GigiJim08
anitania
 
anitania October 18, 2013
striking photo, i can feel the damp fog as he waits for the morning sun
eskimotwila
 
eskimotwila October 30, 2013
Voted!
kellysweet
 
kellysweet November 12, 2013
outstanding capture
tammyswarek
 
tammyswarek November 13, 2013
Beautiful texture!
gldosa PRO+
 
gldosa November 23, 2013
Stunning picture.
murphey PRO
 
murphey November 26, 2013
Breathtaking !
donanzinger PRO
 
donanzinger December 28, 2013
Terrific image
justkim1106 PRO+
 
justkim1106 December 30, 2013
Beautiful - fog, reflection, perfection.
Bookwarmomatic
 
Bookwarmomatic January 01, 2014
the reflection is amazing!
anoopnamboothiri
 
anoopnamboothiri January 05, 2014
Amazing treatment!
reneezernitsky
 
reneezernitsky January 11, 2014
love the lighting and the simplicity of this image nice capture good luck
JHPhotos PRO+
 
JHPhotos January 17, 2014
the lighting is excellent and the B/W adds texture to the shot! great job!
diane_hallam_4401
 
diane_hallam_4401 February 08, 2014
stunning image :)
kasper PRO
 
kasper March 11, 2014
Great shot. And yes, they are so patient these birds.
shoooz
 
shoooz April 10, 2014
Nailed it!
Batesrc2 PRO+
 
Batesrc2 May 14, 2014
Well done. Thanks for adding this to the project.
derekcernak
 
derekcernak June 12, 2014
lovely!
studiothree19
 
studiothree19 June 19, 2014
I love the contrast of the bird against the fog. Good job.
todubhai
 
todubhai June 24, 2014
beautiful...
kathleenweetman PRO
 
kathleenweetman June 29, 2014
Just wonderful......voted
kathleenweetman PRO
 
kathleenweetman June 29, 2014
Voted in Photography talk
kathleenweetman PRO
 
kathleenweetman June 29, 2014
Also voted in this too...
kathleen
kathleenweetman PRO
 
kathleenweetman June 29, 2014
Also voted in
Lifes largest moments ...Randy
kathleenweetman PRO
 
kathleenweetman June 29, 2014
Votedin Haze comp too.....he gets about doesn't he...lol
JimCooper8
 
JimCooper8 July 07, 2014
Beautiful work, outstanding
PhotoDave
 
PhotoDave July 09, 2014
Stellar study in simplicity. Congrats on clearing 300 peer recognitions. That is a pretty exclusive club.
KunduPayel
 
KunduPayel July 14, 2014
beautiful!!!!
kathleenweetman PRO
 
kathleenweetman July 22, 2014
Voted yet again in Rule of thirds ...I never tire of looking at this Randy
kathleenweetman PRO
 
kathleenweetman July 22, 2014
also VOTED IN INTO THE WILD COMP
kathleenweetman PRO
 
kathleenweetman July 22, 2014
Also voted in
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ELimage
 
ELimage August 01, 2014
Absolutely stunning!
geomad
 
geomad August 03, 2014
warm!!!!!!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 August 09, 2014
beautiful ... love the simplicity Randy .. thanks for adding to my project
SVRphotography
 
SVRphotography August 29, 2014
Such a beautiful image !!
bobbrack
 
bobbrack September 02, 2014
Nice!
Djorn
 
Djorn September 03, 2014
Oh, quite nice indeed!
Parallel
 
Parallel September 13, 2014
Thank you for sending...!
fotogalmexican PRO
 
fotogalmexican September 30, 2014
cool
LaurenHeinatz
 
LaurenHeinatz October 03, 2014
Exquisite!
kathyschiltz
 
kathyschiltz October 09, 2014
Like a dream!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 October 09, 2014
Simply beautiful.
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry October 19, 2014
Well done
51goldie
 
51goldie October 20, 2014
Simple, effective and purely beautiful!
tkdmomkm
 
tkdmomkm October 28, 2014
Enchanting.
JessKeryl
 
JessKeryl November 30, 2014
so beautiful!
LeeahSNeary
 
LeeahSNeary December 03, 2014
This is a beautiful photo! Very inspiring and calming - love the style. Would love to get a shot like this some day.
LeeahSNeary
 
LeeahSNeary December 03, 2014
This is a beautiful photo! Very inspiring and calming - love the style. Would love to get a shot like this some day.
jamesnelms PRO
 
jamesnelms December 03, 2014
Chiaroscuro. The texture of the fog and soft edges of the subject makes it appear to be a Japanese charcoal drawing. Profoundly elegant.
jrfleury PRO
 
jrfleury December 10, 2014
Just love the mediative, mystical quality of this image. jerry www.imagesofthesoul.org
Uniquecreator
 
Uniquecreator December 19, 2014
Wonderful
randybenzie PRO
 
randybenzie December 20, 2014
Thank you all for the comments and compliments... This was one of those shots where everything just seemed to be in place for me.. My personal favorite shot Pure serenity...
jgluck04
 
jgluck04 December 27, 2014
I love misty pictures like this...it creates such an air of mystery but at the same time a softness that lulls you into calmness.
KatieMcKinneyPhotography PRO+
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography January 10, 2015
Congrats! This lovely photo is one of the top contenders in the "Creative Silhouettes" photo challenge! :)
anne-birgitte
 
anne-birgitte January 18, 2015
Pure et sublime.....
thomasborn
 
thomasborn January 19, 2015
very nice!!
Pattyd1230 PRO
 
Pattyd1230 January 30, 2015
Very NIce!
annetteflottwell PRO+
 
annetteflottwell February 16, 2015
wonderful!
njkerosky PRO+
 
njkerosky March 03, 2015
Outstanding Capture!!!...Congrats!
Sumeshmurali
Sumeshmurali March 26, 2015
outstanding
randybenzie PRO
 
randybenzie March 23, 2015
I just realized I never thanked you all for the kind words.... This was a very mystical morning and I can still hear the deafening silence....
Sumeshmurali
 
Sumeshmurali March 26, 2015
Creativity
guybahonsrichardson
 
guybahonsrichardson April 04, 2015
Amazing!
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
texaaronpueschel April 09, 2015
This one gets it. All the elements of fine photography are here. I have voted many times for this image.
randybenzie PRO
randybenzie April 09, 2015
Thank you Tex!
loisettinger
 
loisettinger April 27, 2015
peace quiet ... elegant beauty
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
texaaronpueschel May 17, 2015
This one gets it! It has all the elements of fine mono photography. It is a winner. Voted many times.
lanamarkovic
 
lanamarkovic May 28, 2015
nice sphumato technique.
Mirza_Cengic
 
Mirza_Cengic June 25, 2015
Magical capture and excellent creativity. Wonderful work.
RuthJollyphoto
 
RuthJollyphoto July 08, 2015
Beautiful -simplistic portrait
gmayster01
 
gmayster01 July 10, 2015
Great one Randy
anthonyamotbeatsmoreno
 
anthonyamotbeatsmoreno August 06, 2015
I wonder what the bird is thinking. Haha. Just awesome
Sitka PRO+
 
Sitka August 07, 2015
Love it!
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset September 03, 2015
Randy congrats! This is absolutely stunning. Bravo, love it!
Wizzard PRO+
 
Wizzard September 11, 2015
Congrats ! Excellent shot!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots September 12, 2015
Beautiful capture! Congrats on Challenge win.
Roach1969
 
Roach1969 September 15, 2015
Stunning image, fantastic capture. Thank you for entering my challenge :D
Helen_Mountaniol PRO
 
Helen_Mountaniol September 17, 2015
Reminds me Don Hong Oai, my favorite photographer. Thank you for joining my challenge!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 November 03, 2015
stunning
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 November 11, 2015
congrats again Randy for another finalist award .. love this image !!
randybenzie PRO
randybenzie November 12, 2015
Thank you Karen!!!
randybenzie PRO
 
randybenzie November 12, 2015
I had fallen behind on replying to comments, but I really do appreciate everyone that took the time to do so! Thank you so much! :)
Clickety-click
 
Clickety-click December 06, 2015
Really nice light and composition. Top Ten in my Understated, Muted, Subtle, Spare, Minimalist Challenge!
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith December 10, 2015
Beautiful shot! Quite breathtaking.
adavies PRO
 
adavies December 22, 2015
Beautiful! Love how the light plays with the fog!
randybenzie PRO
randybenzie March 19, 2016
:) Thank you
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 January 06, 2016
What a beautiful shot with a lovely old-fashioned effect. Very apt title, too.
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eelcovanroden March 16, 2016
Congratulations on your P C C Win!
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randybenzie March 19, 2016
Thank you!
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p_eileenbaltz March 16, 2016
Congratulations on another People's Choice Award for this lovely image. :)
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randybenzie March 19, 2016
Thank you!
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joycealicesmith March 16, 2016
Congratulations on another People's Choice win!!
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randybenzie March 19, 2016
Thank you Joyce!
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cmorisset March 24, 2016
Congrats! Well deserved ( :
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randybenzie March 24, 2016
Thank you Celine! :)
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Pamelabole March 28, 2016
Beautiful.......so serene! And congrats on your award!! : )
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andrevondeling March 28, 2016
Congrats on your win!
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JanellePitula March 30, 2016
Randy - congratulations my friend!
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eelcovanroden April 13, 2016
Congratulations on your Challenge Win!
SRunningM
 
SRunningM May 22, 2016
Beautiful image. Very peaceful.
Witmar
 
Witmar July 22, 2016
beautiful shot
amckean
 
amckean October 08, 2016
STUNNING! Yes, I meant to write that in all caps.
arjanvanderstelt
 
arjanvanderstelt January 10, 2017
Nice image like the mood in this one good job Randy :)
katyloco
 
katyloco April 16, 2018
Really, really beautiful. Nice job
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speterson6 April 27, 2018
Beautiful lake scene. Great mood and atmosphere.
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte June 11, 2018
Awesome
Bpete2
 
Bpete2 August 05, 2018
Congratulations for your acknowledgement as "Grand Winner" of the "In the Mist"contest.
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JayneBug August 05, 2018
Absolute masterpiece. Love the subtle, calm feeling. Feel honored to view this capture. Congratulations!
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mcampi August 05, 2018
Congrats on your challenge win.... well deserved ....
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sherrymiller September 27, 2018
I saw this Randy and I knew it was yours!!! I love this one!!!
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sherrymiller September 27, 2018
Boudoirbyya
 
Boudoirbyya December 28, 2018
Amazing
BharatJoshi
 
BharatJoshi December 29, 2018
wow
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petrpolach January 31, 2019
Very poetic!
DENISHELENE
 
DENISHELENE November 23, 2019
Beau travail, bien réalisé
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lisasongercline December 27, 2019
Beautiful
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robergarci Jan 19
Delicada composicion
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RickL Mar 08
Exceptional composition and mood,well done
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simply beautiful
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russellwalker Apr 22
Beautiful image, looks so peaceful
Synchron
 
Synchron May 08
Eyecatcher !!!
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lwhite May 16
Excellent work in general

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this image at a quarry lake just beyond the far Western suburbs of Chicago
Time
This was was at daybreak on a fall morning
Lighting
All natural light filtered through the fog and mist on the water surface
Equipment
This was handheld at 55mm I took 3 exposures to be used as HDR in Aperture Priority mode. The settings shown are for the main exposure and I also took one @ -2 steps and one @ +2 steps Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i Aperture: f/8.0 ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/100
Inspiration
This would be one of those "right place at the right time" images. I walked upon the scene and was fortunate enough to not have scared the Heron away. It was a surreal silence. The subject and lighting were already in place and it was a matter of capturing it quickly before it changed.
Editing
This was a 3 exposure HDR the was merged and tonemapped in Photomatix for the desired result in the light through the fog as well as the perfect silhouette of the Great Blue Heron.
In my camera bag
I typically have either my Canon T3i or T5i with the standard 18mm-55mm kit lens and a 55mm-300mm kit lens.
Feedback
I almost always prefer early morning light and love it more when slightly filtered though clouds, fog or mist. There is a softness there that nature provides for us. My biggest suggestion is to be ready no matter your location to take advantage of such situations. I have gone out many mornings prior to sunset with specific locations in mind, most mornings are not so fruitful, but there are times when everything seems to be in place and being there as it comes together is worth the effort.

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