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Kyoto's city centre wildlife: Great Egret

Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 11 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Canon EOS 50D 1/4 second F/16.0 ISO 100 180 mm

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QB from Victoria, Canada

The water and the exif indicate a fairly long exposure... did the bird hold still for that long? Tack sharp, lovely whites, make for a sweet composition.

11 Aug 2010 5:04am

@QB: Thx QB. That seems to be what they do, and the Herons too. Some more coming up over the next few days.

k@ from Paris, France

Whiteness of pure delight both with the bird's natural elegance and the slow shutter speed that magnifies the movement of the river. Magic that the bird is so still & sharp in the image. Bravo.

11 Aug 2010 5:26am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very good framing! I like the sharp bird against the running waters

11 Aug 2010 5:53am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

AUU .. this is TERRIFIC !!!! Love it . It will fly straight to the Spotlight :)))

11 Aug 2010 7:14am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Man-this is a HOT SHOT. love it!

11 Aug 2010 7:20am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Fantastic, wonderful the sharp bird against the running water..well done!

11 Aug 2010 9:27am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

They really like to stay calm and look the water? It's always nice contrast with all the background movement.

11 Aug 2010 10:08am

@Vaido: That seems to be what they do, and the Herons too. They're quite cooperative actually, if you can catch them trying to get dinner!

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

nice

11 Aug 2010 12:15pm

Alexey from Nikopol, Ukraine

like a live painting! awesome!

11 Aug 2010 1:11pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Superb ! Nice framing.

11 Aug 2010 1:37pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Exquisite composition. Amazing the way that the bird was so still for your slow shutter speed.

11 Aug 2010 2:12pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, that's pretty fantastic! I love the water movement and the egret so still.

11 Aug 2010 3:08pm

rem_la from Villiers, France

magnifique cette composition !

11 Aug 2010 3:13pm

Marie LC from France

marvelous bird and shot !

11 Aug 2010 4:46pm

marc from Granby, Canada

this is very nice, the mouvement of the water add much to this shot....

11 Aug 2010 6:08pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful shot

11 Aug 2010 7:02pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I love this against the flowing water.

12 Aug 2010 2:13am

Becky from los angeles, United States

wow - how did you get this shot?! This is just a great great image! It looks like cotton candy behind him - just stunning!

12 Aug 2010 3:19am

@Becky: Thx Becky. It was quite cloudy and the light not so bright. All I had to do was reduce the aperture to f/16 to give me a slightly long exposure giving me the water effect. The birds stay motionless as they wait for fish to swim past.

carlyteen from Canary Islands, Spain

excellent silk effect. how did you done? lenses filters?

12 Aug 2010 5:52pm

@carlyteen: Thx Carlyteen. No filters (apart from a polarizer). It was quite cloudy and the light not so bright. All I had to do was reduce the aperture to f/16 to give me a slightly long exposure giving me the water effect. The birds stay motionless as they wait for fish to swim past.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Gorgeous!

12 Aug 2010 8:49pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

This is such an amazing series. The long exposure is wonderful!

13 Aug 2010 7:53am

Dana from Burbank, United States

Another super bird portrait.

15 Aug 2010 1:50pm

carlyteen from Canary Islands, Spain

thanks for replying @stu. have a great day.

20 Aug 2010 11:40pm