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Great Blue Escape by renaissanceman3 Great Blue Escape by renaissanceman3
I came upon a Great Blue Heron begging shrimp bait from a couple of shore fishermen. They had tossed him a few morsels and he wanted more. I slowly approached, framing and shooting with each step ... closer, closer, until I was within 10 feet. He didn't know what to do ... escape my approach or wait just a little longer for another shrimp. I took another couple steps and finally he couldn't stand it any longer! Annoyed by my intrusion, he took off with a disgusting SQUAAAAAAWK! his 6-foot wingspan pulling him aloft with a pounding flutter. I turned with the great bird and released the shutter, praying my focus was true, knowing I might never have another chance to capture his flight at such close range. I was a little lucky, a little good ... and I have to give a lot of credit to the bird and the fishermen.
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Sefi1337 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007   Writer
That's so cool. Gotta love the lucky shot
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
Thank you very much. ~R:earth:M~
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S33bz Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
Where do you take such pictures?!
In motion too!!
I love your work, watch
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:iconrenaissanceman3:
renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
St. Simons Island, Georgia USA ... coastal town with lots of beautiful places. Thank you for the watch too! ~R:earth:M~
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S33bz Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
Wow, should go there some time... No problem!
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Binnus Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
That looks so beautiful! Wonderful shot!
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:iconrenaissanceman3:
renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Thank you so much! ~R:heart:M~
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lamsquaw Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: i always love it when people share the story behind the pic too!!
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:iconrenaissanceman3:
renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner May 19, 2007
Thank you ... glad you enjoyed it! ~R:heart:M~
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lamsquaw Featured By Owner May 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
u r welcome!

hey, i like your "Do what you fear." motto...............i have told myself that many times........jumping horses.....etc. it is usually a good practice! :>;)
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner May 20, 2007
It's part of a short poem I wrote a few years ago when I needed a lift ... yes, perfect for jumping horses.

Do what you fear
Hear what you feel
Go where you care
Live to be real.

Forget yourself
Forgo your scheme
Reveal the truth
Redream your dream.
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lamsquaw Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:
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meihua Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
haha, great story and awesome shot.. too bad the face is a little blurry
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:iconrenaissanceman3:
renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner May 19, 2007
Thanks ... yeah, I wish it was a little more in focus ... but it wasn't bad for both me and the bird moving at the same time. I needed a faster exposure setting which I have since learned how to control.
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meihua Featured By Owner May 20, 2007
That's good :thumbsup:
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marmota-b Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
Amazing! You were really lucky!
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:iconrenaissanceman3:
renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
Yes I was! Thanks for the fave! ~R:heart:M~
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Dr-nogood Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that one is really nice!
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
Thanks Doc! ~RM~
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asaferplace Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
oh wow.
i'm glad to see you took advantage of the chance.
it's beautiful.
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Thanks. I had fun stalking him! ~RM~
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Sakuya-chan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
I love birds...Your photographs are amazing.
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
Thank you ... I'll post more just for you! ~R:heart:M~
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Sakuya-chan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
Ahaha, awesome. :D
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Duski-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
That's an absolutely amazing photo! :heart: I'mma tell people about you in my journal ;)
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
Thank you so much ... I'm flattered! ~R:heart:M~
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Duski-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
S'quite alright :D
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Sirothello Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
Wow! That's a beautiful shot!
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
Thank you again ... you are quite generous with your comments! ~R:heart:M~
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ahmedwkhan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
nice capture ~
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:iconrenaissanceman3:
renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Thank you! ~RM~
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ahmedwkhan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
u welcome :) ~
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Kxx Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Wow, great capture!
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Thanks! ~RM~
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seanography Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007   Writer
Wow now thats a shot that nature photographers would kill for. very good timing and excellent dedication to the picture. well done you should be proud of that :)
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Thank you very much!
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angmorx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007   Digital Artist
so concise and sharp ;) excellent photo
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Thank you so much!
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DaughterofFenris Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent shot!
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
Thank you ... ~R:heart:M~
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DaughterofFenris Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent shot!
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
Thank you very much!
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bazz38 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006   Photographer
Very very nice :)!!
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:iconrenaissanceman3:
renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
Thank you very much!
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bazz38 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007   Photographer
You're welcome :)
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JeanFan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
great motion capture :D
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renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
Thank you Miss Rose ... love your work!
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JeanFan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome :)
thanks :hug:
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December 31, 2006
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Camera Data

Make
NIKON
Model
E8800
Shutter Speed
10/1700 second
Aperture
F/5.9
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
50
Date Taken
May 17, 2006, 6:17:59 AM