Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

November 28, 2010

Green Heron Waiting for the Light

Filed under: Birds, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, light — richditch @ 10:05 pm
Green Heron

Green Heron

Now that the temperature has dropped around Phoenix I’m getting out to shoot more often. I made a visit to the Gilbert Water Ranch on Saturday with nothing special in mind and set up at Pond 6. There’s often a Green Heron along the edge, and yesterday was no exception.

I’ve got a lot of shots of this species in my files, and the light was rather low in the shadowed side of the pond, but I thought I could at least make sure my gear was set up properly and functioning before anything better came into range. I’m rarely satisfied with the results if I go beyond ISO 400 on my camera so I left it there. I made sure the lens was wide open at f/5.6. I locked down all the movements on the tripod head after composing and started take photos. A quick check of the LCD on the back showed that the dark setting and dark plumage were coming out brighter than I liked, so I dialed in -2/3rds stops of exposure compensation. That brought the shutter speed up to 1/40th second.

The results are better than I expected, and I liked the shot enough to keep it and process it in Photoshop. What appeals to me is the three dimensional feel of the image resulting from the soft directional light.

Nikon D200, 300/2.8 AF-S lens with TC20E (2x), ISO 400, 1/40th second at f/5.6.

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2 Comments »

  1. Rich,

    As always your colors are natural and very appealing, the richness of the colors in the Green Heron really shine in this image. I like the three dimensional feel to this too. A lovely Green Heron image.

    Comment by Mia — November 29, 2010 @ 10:59 am

  2. Hi Rich,

    Just wanted to drop a note and say that I enjoy checking out your blog. I’ve been meaning to add it to my blogroll – I promise I’ll do it this week! Thanks for sharing and keep it up!

    Comment by Mike — December 7, 2010 @ 11:02 am


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