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markchampion June 27, 2016
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markchampion June 27, 2016
Very nice capture! I also like it in black and white.
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RMPANDITPHOTO July 01, 2016
Nice capture and Black & White, my only observation is main subject is in dead center. Shift subject below centerline and shift towards left,
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CarolSadler July 13, 2016
Thanks for the Peer Awards. I love this photo.....voted in B&W World!
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Robb July 14, 2016
really like
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marcdewitt August 26, 2016
Simple, and elegant. Very nice.
 
exsaman August 28, 2016
love this photo....
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catherinethompson October 12, 2016
Nice capture. Well done.
 
alicedenhollander November 26, 2016
Brilliant!
 
ziggyzoo52 February 14, 2017
So awesome. A real WOW photo
 
Natural17 November 08, 2017
Nice capture!
 
marysherry_9394 March 22, 2018
Great capture
 
Weinert April 08, 2018
Stunning capture Eileen

Snowy Egret Taking Flight



A local beach with a bird sanctuary for breeding and migrating birds. Early morning at low tide.
A local beach with a bird sanctuary for breeding and migrating birds. Early morning at low tide.
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Behind The Lens

Location
Silver Sands State Park, Milford, Connecticut, USA
Time
The date/time stamp on the photo is May 11, 2016 at 8:14 am. I was up early that morning and decided to go take some pictures at the park. I was leaving the park when I noticed the egret in the water. It was a fair distance away and I was afraid if I spent the time getting closer, the bird would fly away before I got there. So I used a long lens from the position I was standing at.
Lighting
As it was early morning, the sun comes from the left of the photo. Shooting facing the sun often bleaches out the color and details. While this was shot in color, there was something not right about it, which is why I converted it to B & W. I liked the effect and the simplicity it gave the photo.
Equipment
Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T5 with a 75-300 lens
Inspiration
I had seen egrets in this location the year before and managed a few good shots with my Canon Powershot Elph 300 HS, but wanted to go back and try with the SLR. This is a sanctuary for birds during the mating season. I was not sure if I would see them or not. Something about an egret is beautiful and elegant and I wanted to try to photograph the bird and try to capture the beauty. I have since photographed them many times.
Editing
As stated above, I converted it to black and white because I liked the effect better. The photo is also cropped because even though I used a zoom lens, it was still a distance away.
In my camera bag
Canon EOS Rebel T5 with 18-55mm lens, plus the 75-300mm lens. Also bring Canon SX 710 HS. I have learned to bring an extra memory card and a cleaning cloth as many of my photos are at the beach and sometimes the lens gets sprayed!
Feedback
Observation and patience are the key to photographing birds. I started photographing birds to test my skills at photographing a moving object. I started with seagulls who are plentiful in the area year round, are fairly use to people and are fairly slow moving in flight, so it allows for a good shot that won't be blurry. I spent a lot of time observing their behavior through the lens. Then I just waited until they did what I wanted to photograph. This was very useful when I wanted to photograph the Canada geese, who are more wary of humans than the seagulls, but are also fairly slow moving. All of this was great practice when it came to the egrets. They tend to move away from humans, so knowing how to approach and how close improved my photos. So my advice is to spend some time just watching first, have a lot of patience and then try taking some photos.

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