Little Blue Heron

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I recently returned from a trip to the swamps and rookeries of Louisiana. This Little Blue Heron was foraging for crawfish close to us and then took flight.

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The foreground was slightly raised vegetation with flat water lettuce behind. How do you think this looks? I kind of like the effect.

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Canon R7, 400mm DO IS II, 1.4x extender III
ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/2000s, hand held

Processed in DXO PureRaw 3 and Photoshop.

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All are well exposed images with excellent composed images with exceptional detail and color. I am more interested in the first picture due to head position, neck curves and expressions. They are all very good however. I do like the lettuce look.

Really nice look at the heron in flight. The foreground and background elements are good and let the heron pop in the image. Considering how similar the images are, the first is by far and away my favorite. I like the slight head turn with the eye towards the viewer; I like the light coming through the left wing; and I like this wing position the best of the three.

I like these, Allen. the two-textured background works very well and I like the wing positions in all three frames. Detail in the heron is excellent as is the exposure. Well done.

Dennis I love how this image captures the dynamic grace of the Blue Heron in flight. The layered composition—with the heron framed against the textured, lush backdrop of raised vegetation and flat water lettuce—beautifully contrasts with the sleek feathers of the bird, enhancing depth and focus. Your use of lighting accentuates the contours and vibrant greens, guiding the viewer’s eye directly to the heron’s fluid motion.

Hi Allen
Love the Little Blue. All there shots have great contrast and color control, with the first frame being my top pick.