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Night Heron

Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 19 November 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I myself have always stood in the awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel.

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Canon EOS 50D 4/5 seconds F/11.0 ISO 100 300 mm

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Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful capture

19 Nov 2009 6:19am

christine from France


19 Nov 2009 6:56am

Levi from West Vancouver, Canada

love love love this. well done!

19 Nov 2009 7:03am

Fred from Manila, Philippines

Wow! The bird did a good job of posing for you, while you did an awesome job capturing her. Great work!

19 Nov 2009 7:33am

Linerberry from Christchurch, New Zealand

Wow! Quite stunning!! The detail is wonderful and such magical, mystical waters...beautiful!

19 Nov 2009 7:37am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Spectacular! The composition, light, sharp and color all work together.

19 Nov 2009 7:52am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

ça c'est de la photo animalière!!!! BRAVO!!

19 Nov 2009 8:02am

djedfre from schaumburg, United States


19 Nov 2009 9:28am

Adela Fonts Artús from Barcelona, Spain

I love to read your appointments to caption!... after admiring the photography! Is't a very good composition. The bird in the foreground combined impressive water texture. Nice day Stu! Adela

19 Nov 2009 10:18am

k@ from Paris, France

Wow, like an Audubon !

19 Nov 2009 11:13am

Elora from Genoa, Italy

very nicely done!

19 Nov 2009 12:24pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I agree with k@, that was my first thought, my second thought was, 'wow this is totally different from the last two days posts'.

19 Nov 2009 1:55pm

Silverado Photography from Clearlake, United States


19 Nov 2009 2:18pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Gorgeous! Who told you that I love exactly THIS kind of pictures? ;-)

19 Nov 2009 3:09pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

The next exzellent image from this young Night Heron !

19 Nov 2009 3:44pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicago, United States

Excellent detail and contrast against the water.

19 Nov 2009 4:53pm

Shar from Regina, SK, Canada

This is superb...I like how the water is soft and the bird is sharp...wonderful treatment of what would otherwise be somewhat ordinary!

19 Nov 2009 4:59pm

Barbara from Oakland, United States

Oh my gosh! Another spectacular image of the night heron. Just perfect! Tack sharp on the bird with the lovely blur in the background. He must have stood still for a VERY long time! But I guess they do do that. I think I have witnessed this at our city lake. Great work, Stu!

19 Nov 2009 5:19pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super Stu

19 Nov 2009 5:22pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Spectacular and so marvellous capture !
I love the effect of the water on backgroung ! Splendid framing ! 5* !

19 Nov 2009 5:41pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Spectacular, félicitation 5 étoiles

19 Nov 2009 5:44pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Exquisite shot!

19 Nov 2009 6:21pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Such a detailed and lovely image of this brave bird who probably wondered what you were up to.

19 Nov 2009 7:19pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

superb... love the low shutter speed control...

19 Nov 2009 9:48pm

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

I bet you are proud of this one

20 Nov 2009 7:25am


too close to the frame in my opinion

20 Nov 2009 10:07am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Outstanding composition , Stu ! Perfect shot !

20 Nov 2009 2:38pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


20 Nov 2009 5:51pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

It's really a stunning shot. Bravo, it's a very good work !!

20 Nov 2009 8:04pm

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

incredible capture - sharp image of this bird contrasting the silky water in the background: stillness vs. movement = a very "wow" effect !!!

20 Nov 2009 9:24pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Absolutely amazing! The clarity and colours are superb! Bravo!!! Love it

20 Nov 2009 9:49pm

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Just a remarkable image. Congratulations.

20 Nov 2009 11:24pm


wow really nice

21 Nov 2009 12:36pm

NicoleA from Aix en Provence, France


21 Nov 2009 1:35pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

a stunner!

21 Nov 2009 2:41pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb, Stu. Dynamite composition. Excellent detail.

21 Nov 2009 2:58pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Once again - Bravo , Stu ... this time Bravo for Spotlight :)) Well deserved :)

21 Nov 2009 4:23pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Congratulations on the Spotlight!!!! Well deserved! This is definitely a 10/10 image!! Bravo

21 Nov 2009 4:45pm

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

This is an extraordinary capture! Congrats on the spotlight!

21 Nov 2009 5:41pm

Pascale Kisilak from Paris, France

Juste superbe ! bravo

21 Nov 2009 6:11pm

Marie from FRESNES, Afghanistan

superbe portrait, avec une belle netteté.

21 Nov 2009 6:46pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the spotlight!

21 Nov 2009 8:49pm

zOOm from Paris, France

Congratulations Stuart for the Spotlight ! Great work. And great photograph.

21 Nov 2009 9:18pm

Levi from West Vancouver, Canada

Congrats Stu! this is a well deserving effort!

21 Nov 2009 9:30pm

Jesper Videbæk from Horsens, Denmark

Greatly framed.
Congrats on the Spotlight. Well deserved.

22 Nov 2009 6:48am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I love this shot ! The angle you took this photo makes it very special. Very creative :)

22 Nov 2009 8:41am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand


23 Nov 2009 6:29am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

simply FAAABULOUS!!! and congrats on the spotlight mate!!! :)

23 Nov 2009 8:38pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thx dj!

Lasiate from manila, Philippines

Quel magnifique cadrage! bravo

24 Nov 2009 12:52am

Jen from Bartlett, United States

Postcard perfect. Amazing detail. How did he stay so still with your 4/5 sec. shot?

24 Nov 2009 3:49am

@Jen: Thx Jen. They tend to move, then stop, then look around, then move, then stop, then get the picture. Lucky timing here.

Ada Panich from S.Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

wow...fabulous shot, outstanding!

24 Nov 2009 9:28am

Andrew Gould from Sydney, Australia

A spectacular capture. Stands out from all other bird shots I've seen lately.

24 Nov 2009 11:45pm

Marie-France from Sceaux d, France

Vraiment superbe ! beautiful capture...

28 Nov 2009 1:49pm

April from Iloilo City, Philippines

great angle...great subjects...

30 Nov 2009 4:15pm

laurent from 93, France

perfect, I dream to make pictures like this, the details are terrific

6 Dec 2009 5:13pm

@laurent: thx so much laurent! he was a perfect subject and stayed perfectly still for me :)

Stefan from Oberaach, Switzerland

The clarity of the bird is outstanding. Perfectly done.

21 Jan 2010 10:08pm

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Love your cropping. Why do we so often think the head shouldn't be cut of or are we forever trying to get the full bird in the picture. Love your work!

26 Oct 2010 3:13pm

Mohammad Kavak Azizi from Dream Land, Iran

beautiful :)

23 Feb 2011 2:05pm

Bron from Canberra, Australia

Stunning Stu!

18 May 2012 5:02pm