The stealth of a Great Blue Heron is fun to watch but one must have the patience of Job as these birds are so very slow and steady in their directed strikes.
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Is this a composite: No
D800, 28-300 @45mm, f/9, 1/1600, ISO 1000
Standard ACR and Photoshop…a bit of denoising.
Chris, this is a good look at this GBH. The bands of color in the water are very nice, while the orange in it’s beak is a bit of a stretch for red, its well know that each individual sees colors differently.
Now we get into the painterly vs light values in an image. You cannot get a red brown as is seen in the kelp/grasses without a predominance of red, nor orange as is found in the beak, again without a predominance of red, therefore, it meets the parameters quite nicely, me thinks