Thursday, August 18, 2011

Great Blue Heron

A hot Great Blue Heron pants in the sun to keep cool.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

Now its time to concentrate on fishing.

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Lesson leaned. When photographing fishing Great Blue Herons fishing, take the camera out of autofocus mode. Note the beautifully sharp grasses in the background!

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Got one!

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Back to fishing.

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6 comments:

Dan Huber said...

great shots Steve.

dan

Richard said...

Great shots Steve. I'm not an expert with the camera but try using the "A" aperature priority with a high F stop on these type of pictures. These settings would add clarity to both the bird and surroundings. Just a suggestion.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I am thinking the autofocus comment done with tongue-in-cheek. I have found using manual focus is much faster and more accurate. The camera gets too confused what with all my waving it about. I have yet to get a fish in beak shot. Well done.

bunnits said...

Great shots of one of my favorite birds. Thanks!

Steve Borichevsky said...

In response to Richard's comment, great minds think alike! I went back an looked at the metadata for the photo. I shoot 99 44/100ths of my photos in A mode. My ISO was at 160, f/8 (Which I feel my lens's sweet spot) and a shutter speed of 1/250sec.

No John, if I was thinking (and I did have my trypod) I should have set up the shot and took the camera out of autofocus. I did see he was about to strike and was focused on his head. Then when he fired, my camera thought I was point at some weeds! It all happened so quickly that if I reached for the switch, I would have missed anyway!

Wilma said...

what a great bird! Use manual focus while you can! It gets more difficult when you get older and where progressive or bifocal glasses. :-( I would be lost without autofocus. If anyone has tricks for using manual focus with bifocals, I sure would appreciate it!

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