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Heron - Up a Tree!

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 23 February 2017 in Landscape & Rural.

On a cold and misty day, This Heron came swooping in from out of nowhere, sailing right over me! His entry was so sudden, I had NO chance of catching him in flight, but, luckily, he landed in a tree just above me. I was quite surprised that a Heron would even bother to land in a tree rather than alongside the water, but he seemed to be satisfied with where he was as he patiently looked around the landscape, I finally recovered from my excitement and captured several shots of him sitting up in this tree.

The day was a flat gray day, so, in post-processing, I just sort of played around and finally found this preset in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

Herons are so elusive and they have always seemed to have a 6th sense about a stranger's presence (at least in my opinion, they do). I was delighted that he sat still for me.

NIKON D800 1/800 second F/5.6 ISO 800 250 mm (35mm equiv.)

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

NIKON D800
1/800 second
F/5.6
ISO 800
250 mm (35mm equiv.)

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