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5 Comments |
KevinGPhotography
 
KevinGPhotography November 06, 2019
Beautiful capture!
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alszajman November 06, 2019
Thanks!
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keepclicking November 06, 2019
Incredible photograph
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alszajman November 06, 2019
Thank u
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Eddieuuu071 November 26, 2019
Thank you for submitting you wonderful photo to my Best Nature Photo challenge! Best of luck!
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alszajman November 26, 2019
Thanks!
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jackiegoodwin December 03, 2019
stunning - thank you for entering your lovely photo into my challenge "animals of any kind" - good luck
helenmckay_0855
 
helenmckay_0855 October 20, 2022
My fav. bird in Canada
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alszajman October 20, 2022
Mine, too.
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Location

I found this Great Blue Heron perched at Lost Lagoon, in Vancouver's world famous Stanley Park. These birds are incredibly patient and will wait, perfectly still, for a fish to come its way. Their stillness makes them great models.

Time

It was early morning on a chilly November day, so I assume this one was fishing for breakfast. I find getting to the lagoon early enhances minimizes the amount of people around, making it more likely these sometimes skittish birds stay put for a while.

Lighting

Early morning natural light is one of my favorite scenarios for nature shots. I particularly liked how it enhanced the fall tree colors reflecting on the water, making for a lovely background.

Equipment

Shot with my Nikon D850 and what was then my new Nikkor 300mm PF, hand held. All light was natural but I did have to crawl around some rocks and step into the water a bit to get the angle I was after. Note to self - waterproof shoes came in handy this morning!

Inspiration

Herons are one of my favorite photo subjects. Their stillness makes them very "coopertive". And to my eye, they kind of look like something from the flying dinosaur days of yore! There is a rookery not far from this lagoon and come Spring, the noise they make also sounds prehistoric. I also love shooting at Lost Lagoon in the Fall and Winter; the colors are gorgeous, the trees quite interesting, and there's tons of wild life there year round.

Editing

I shoot RAW images and therefore was able to lighten up the shadows a tad in Lightroom. I also added a bit of saturation to the colors reflected on the water, in the background.

In my camera bag

My Nikon D850 is the only camera I carry. As far as lenses are concerned, I ALWAYS carry my Sigma Art 24-105mm; it is an incredibly versatile lens. I'll also carry either my Nikkor 300mm PF or 500mm PF, and if I think a landscape or two may be on the agenda, then my Sigma Art 24mm as well. I also carry a Sirui monopod that easily converts to a tripod, plus the usual filters, cleaning aids, and a few extra batteries.

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My only advice when it comes to shooting wildlife would be, "patience is a virtue".

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