Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

January 7, 2009

Great Blue Heron on a wet day

Filed under: Birds, composition, Kearny Lake, style — Tags: — richditch @ 10:06 pm
Great Blue Heron on Kearny Lake dock

Great Blue Heron on Kearny Lake dock

Even here in the AZ desert the Great Blue Heron is a widespread species. Since it is such a common bird with a large range in the U.S. it gets photographed a lot, even by me. So, I’m always trying to get something different to increase the diversity of my collection. When this bird landed on the dock in the rain and took up a characteristic stance I couldn’t pass it by.

I’ve based the composition on the contrasting “Warm” and “cold” tones of the browns and blue-grays. I’ve “placed” the heron left of center to put more open space on the right – the direction in which the heron is looking. I’ve leveled the image based on the lines in the water’s surface, which also makes the guano at the end of the dock vertical; this retains the slight inclination of the dock just as it appeared at the time of the photo.

This image falls into my typical understated style with muted tones and a hint of habitat in the background reeds. The dock adds texture and a graphic element. But the heron still dominates the frame with the feather texture enhanced by their wetness.

Nikon D200, AF-S 300/2.8 and TC20E (2x), ISO 400, 1/125th @ f/8, Kearny Lake, AZ, 01/04/09

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1 Comment »

  1. Nice , interesting colors !

    We’re coming back to AZ. in April, for the 3rd time in a row

    … hoping this time to finally get to the Boyce Thompson arboretum !

    Chuck.

    Comment by chuck kling — January 9, 2009 @ 2:19 pm


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