Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

March 6, 2010

Black-crowned Night Heron on cloudy morning

Filed under: Birds, composition, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, light, style — richditch @ 6:56 pm
Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Another Black-crowned Night Heron from the Water Ranch in Gilbert, AZ. Taken this morning under light cloud cover, resulting in low contrast shooting conditions. I had good exercise walking around for about 2.5 hours today and managed 43 species (birds were a bit inactive before the sky started to clear).

I didn’t shoot many frames or many species because the light wasn’t very exciting and I detest using flash, but this night heron caught my eye. Unlike many photographers I like these optically busy settings, and don’t mind a bird partially hidden by the branches. I think they add visual interest and give the image some graphics. What makes the image work in spite of the busy setting is the way the face of the heron is completely clear of obstruction and illuminated by the light.

There’s a good chance this is the same bird as in this previous post.

Nikon D200, 300/2.8 plus TC20E (2x), ISO 400, spot meter, 1/400th second at f/8.

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