Nature Photography – Little Blue Heron

Every once in a while you get really lucky!

The sun was setting over my shoulder leaving the trail mostly in shandow. I was just about ready to pack in my long lens and drive to another part of the park to setup for a few sunset shots when this Little Blue Heron flew right by and landed on the wooden rail not twenty feet in front of me. The sun reflecting off the trees and water backlit this beautiful bird perfectly and all I needed to do was focus on its chest and meter on the dark blue feathers to bring out the shadow detail. Sweet!

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 50D set on aperture priority (Av), using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM with an EF 1.4X II extender mono-pod mounted. The exposure was taken at 420mm, f/5.6 for 1/90th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional UDMA digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro plug-in. Click on the image above for a larger version.

10 thoughts on “Nature Photography – Little Blue Heron

  1. Stunning image. Lucky, maybe, but good more like it. We make our own luck sometimes. Right place, right time.

  2. This is a great image, I totally understand how surprised and excited you might have been as heron landed in front of you …had similar situation with the duck the other day and only managed to get her portrait (head), will post a shot too…

  3. It was your lucky day! Beautiful image of a beautiful bird. Just wish the feet would have made it in. Maybe he should have landed 21 feet from you! Well done.

    • Ed,

      Thanks! I was so startled and just began shooting as fast as possible. I didn’t have time to backup and frame the image any better.


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