Young Green Heron (Four Photographs)
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In the nature reserve where I spend most of my time there is one spot where everyone stops, it’s at a bridge crossing a small inlet. One map calls it Turtle Bay but it’s about 50 to 75 meters across, so I doubt international law would permit calling this a bay, let alone an inlet. It’s a great place for photographers to meet and for a large part of the year there are things to shoot. This heron’s youth made it fearless enough to ignore us. This series of photographs was a bit difficult. I was worried about the background, the camera’s focus being confused and getting a good exposure. Most of the frames I shot suffered from issues in one or more of these areas. It is easy to get color castes shooting birds under these conditions. As well it’s hard to get sharp images while trying to keep the background as much as possible out of focus. Most nature photographers will tell you to take a lot of shots, recalibrate, take even more and then do it over again. It’s good advice.