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Steve Foss

GBH in flight

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Ken and I headed out for an extended lunch break, and were surprised at how little was moving around in camera range. We did end up flushing this great blue heron.

And of course the light is always bad on these sunny mid-day outings, but a little fill flash can go a long way.

Both with the Canon 30D, Canon 200 f2.8L, Canon 1.4 TC, iso400, 1/2500 at f4, handheld, Ai servo focus, Canon 430EX flash, Better Beamer, flash set at -1 flash exposure compensation.

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Steve -

WOW - sure beats the heron shot I got last nite. Thank you for the settings info, always trying to learn something new.

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Thanks, Debbie. I prefer to avoid hot overhead light in the first lace, but in those conditions I like to have the Better Beamer on the flash so the shadowed areas get enough light to show detail. It's a cheap way to extend your flash's range. And brightening shadow areas in photoshop using the shadow/highlight tool further de-emphasizes the strong contrast of that harsh light.

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I had just the opposite condition late yesterday afternoon. I was shooting in a low pond with fading light into the sun. I know just enough PS to get by, but I'll try shadows/highlights to see what I end up with.

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Good job. I've found that these herons are one of the toghest birds to get a shot in flight of, without a busy background.

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Very nice stuff Steve. Sure looks like you have a little too much of that white stuff on the ground wink

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Ahhh, but she's melting fast! gringrin

oooOOoooo yea, the snow is melting fast here too!!

lovely shots of the huron!!!

Sue

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