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Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 11 November 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Quote of the day:

"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still."

Dorothea Lange

Canon EOS 50D 3/10 second F/8.0 ISO 100 225 mm

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Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is so nice. Love it.

11 Nov 2009 5:55am

Julia from Athens, Greece

Absolutely stunning b&w!

11 Nov 2009 6:45am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb. Excellent selective focus. Fabulous tones.

11 Nov 2009 6:47am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Magnificent composition and tones. I like very much this treatment and the focus on the bird.

11 Nov 2009 7:02am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Soft and evocative. Nicely cropped. Love the serene mood here.

11 Nov 2009 7:02am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great shot, i love the bird and the blur

11 Nov 2009 7:18am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

An excellent shot - great in B&W !

11 Nov 2009 7:21am

kisskool from fontainebleau, France

superb composition in b&w. the angle of this photo is a good idea

11 Nov 2009 7:48am

AG from London, United Kingdom

I like the unusual almost documentary / candid style to this. Herons are such alert birds - they seem to aimlessly stare but I know they miss nothing.

11 Nov 2009 7:59am

Levi from West Vancouver, Canada

Oh Wow! This photo is amazing! love the tone, lighting, texture...everything! Superb job!

11 Nov 2009 7:59am

k@ from Paris, France

Superb work, Stu - he/she seems to dream about what will come next and the treatment of the background makes it look like what we want (waterskysandsea-and more). Super original hues and clever compo. I like this a lot*

11 Nov 2009 8:00am

Adela Fonts Artús from Barcelona, Spain

Delicate, serene picture! Good shot and a superb editing. Thanks for the photo comment

11 Nov 2009 8:05am

Yvon from Orleans, France

excellent shot

11 Nov 2009 8:43am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

What can I say! Excellent photo.

11 Nov 2009 8:47am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Superb comp. Nice work.

11 Nov 2009 8:54am

Antoine from BOURGES, France

Beautiful capture. Have a good evening. Antoine.

11 Nov 2009 9:58am

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Stunning... rife with melancholy and thoughts...

11 Nov 2009 9:58am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! Great image. Superb processing. The composition is perfect! Well done

11 Nov 2009 10:18am

zOOm from Paris, France

Oh Stuart ! What a memorable, gorgeous B&W shot, high lights, and this focus... look at the DOF... a pure wonder, a nice abstract... this bird is splendid, looks like walking in silence... and what a concentrated glanc he has... seems hypnotized. Bravo Stuart, de l'excellent travail ! :-))

11 Nov 2009 11:11am

mo.langel from Switzerland

Great capture! Excellent framing, B/W! Love it!

11 Nov 2009 11:29am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

This is cool, too ! Superb shot !

11 Nov 2009 11:37am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Excellent photo !

11 Nov 2009 11:38am

Elora from Genoa, Italy

beautifully shot! He looks a little lonely!

11 Nov 2009 12:43pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

This is a great photo, that is a very still bird against very fast moving water.

11 Nov 2009 1:41pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

the other one is already powerful but this one in b&w is even more powerful. beautiful work Stu.

11 Nov 2009 2:15pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Congrats on this shot, it's sensational. Love the motion in the background and the way it brings out the detail of the bird.

11 Nov 2009 2:40pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Amazing b&w!! we sit still with the bird as we watch the stream go by...fantastic.

11 Nov 2009 3:11pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture of detail saeen in the bird's feathers! And the background motion adds a nice effect.

11 Nov 2009 3:15pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Outstanding photo! Well taken.

11 Nov 2009 3:28pm

Jean Jacques from France

Tu lui as coupé les pattes et la queue, ça lui cloue le bec loll!
Bonne journée, Stu.

11 Nov 2009 4:14pm

bruno from les Ollières, France

Great composition with this fuzzy background and the bird in the corner.

11 Nov 2009 4:55pm

Val37 from Tours, France

A beautiful composition height of delicacy ! One good technique of the spun and black and white

11 Nov 2009 4:55pm

BlueMoon from Strasbourg, France

Nice processing et great framing ! Bravo

11 Nov 2009 5:06pm

FotoAnna from Mother Earth, Netherlands

I really love it !!

11 Nov 2009 5:12pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful composition and very lovely tones here .

11 Nov 2009 5:25pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow...great capture, well done!

11 Nov 2009 6:27pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

It looks like a musician editing a great rhythm! Nice length focus and momental capture!

11 Nov 2009 6:43pm

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

Wow ! Very impressive ! Bravo for this beautiful shot !

11 Nov 2009 7:29pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great framing, color selection and background

11 Nov 2009 7:42pm

hoi from DC, United States

I really like the processing here...that blue is really nice!

11 Nov 2009 9:21pm

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

A mouthwatering beautiful shot Stu, indeed worthy of publication.

11 Nov 2009 9:29pm

Shar from Regina, SK, Canada

Very creative presentation!

11 Nov 2009 10:48pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful tones and choice of shutter speed. I like it.

12 Nov 2009 12:16am

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Fantastic - that background takes it to another level, good choice of b/w.

12 Nov 2009 12:17pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Stunning in B&W. I like how the sharp contrast of the colors in his face really stand out.

12 Nov 2009 2:15pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Wonderful composition and framing !
The background is a splendid flur ! Well done & Bravo !! :-)

12 Nov 2009 5:10pm

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Terrific composition and use of texture.

12 Nov 2009 5:29pm

Barbara from Oakland, United States

This is a lovely heron. So well composed, the lighting is just perfect, the selective focus works so well. And I love the B and W rendition of this one, Stu.

13 Nov 2009 5:35am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Gorgeous framing and perspective! Fabulous work you do

17 Nov 2009 5:28pm

@Magda: Thankyou for your many comments Magda! I'll endeavour to get over to your site when I have a spare moment.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

this heron series is spectacular -- bravo!!!

24 Nov 2009 1:04am

Chris from Switzerland

nothing to say...5 stars!
Thanks for sharing because it really touch the soul...

25 Nov 2009 3:00pm

laurent from 93, France

a nice heron ready to strike, very good photo
your gallery is really beautiful (and huge) I will take time to visit it, good work for all

16 Dec 2009 11:01pm