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The Great Heron, 2016

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By Mashuto   |   
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Went back to Great Falls a few weeks ago with jonathanjessup to do some landscape stuff. The time of year was right and having just got a new telephoto lens, I decided it was time to attempt to recreate one of my personal favorites from about 5-6 years ago.

When I visited that first time I noticed the herons stand very very still on the rocks in the middle of the river. Being a landscape guy, I am used to much slower shutter speeds than normal for shooting birds. Which led to the idea to create a waterfall shot, with nice blurred water, but also capture the bird as the main subject. The initial attempt worked quite well, though I was shooting it on a crappy 250mm lens on my crop body. I have since upgraded to full frame with a much nicer 100-400 lens. Unfortunately on the full frame I dont really get any extra reach, but quality is much better.

This second attempt I think is much nicer, both in terms of the framing and especially the light. Unfortunately quality is not quite there to make good prints, so I am sure I will be back again in the future, perhaps with a teleconverter to get more reach so I can avoid cropping.

Image size
900x887px 560.24 KB
Canon EOS 6D
Shutter Speed
1/3 second
Focal Length
400 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jun 11, 2016, 6:43:09 PM
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Oh wow you got a DD on this!! Congratulations Matt! Well earned.
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1/3 and the bird is still sharp? Wow, they are masters of "not-moving".^^ Great idea!
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Congrats on the DD! :la:
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Congrats on the DD! This photo is awesome, I love the difference between the background falls and the heron. :D
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:) the picture works really well for me! The waterfall in the background makes it a great scene!
:clap: A well deserved DD, congratulations!!
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So this is a picture? WOW it looks like a drawing!!!
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Beautiful! :wow: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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Congratulations on your brilliant Daily Deviation, excellent work!
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Congratulations on your much deserved DD!
Congrats on DD By Marphilhearts by LindArtz
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Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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fantastic shot!
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This is wonderful Matt! Yes that warm indirect back light works very nicely!
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Wow, absolutely beautiful!
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