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Snell Isle Series - 05 - Great Blue Heron Sunset Silhouette

Great Blue Heron sunset silhouette - Snell Isle - f/4 ISO 200 1/1600thIt is far, far too rare that I take my Nikon D300 out for personal shooting, even to my own back patio.  This past Sunday night, most likely due to the lack of sports on TV, I was sitting on the back patio enjoying the view of Smacks Bayou and the setting sun when I noticed a pelican diving and a great blue heron getting annoyed by that diving.  I saw this as an opportunity to continue my slow moving Snell Isle Photo Series.

Great Blue Heron sunset silhouette - Snell Isle - f/4 ISO 200 1/1600thThe conflict with the pelican I will save for another post, while here I will only feature the placid and mostly stoic stance of the great blue heron.  I very rarely make silhouette shots, mostly because they are too easy and too common, but recently my interest in them has started to grow.  Manual exposure mode is a must of course to produce them.  A fast shutter speed causes everything that is not the sun or its immediate surroundings to remain dark, producing a silhouette shot.  

Great Blue Heron walking sunset silhouette - Snell Isle Florida - f/5.6 ISO 200 1/1000thGreat blue herons in this area of Florida have little fear of people.  They are quite approachable.  This means with only my trusty Nikkor AF ED 80-200mm f/2.8D lens, I can get close enough to pretty much get as tight of a shot as I want.  They walk very deliberately, never scurrying.  I like that.

Great blue heron sunset silhouette - Snell Isle - f/4 ISO 200 1/1600thThe great blue heron featured in these shots did not mind to be photographed at all.  In fact, I believe the same great blue heron returned to my back patio last night and stood just a few meters away dead staring at me.  It was very strange.  This bird is over three feet tall, almost person like.  We were unable to clearly communicate to each other what the other wanted.  Perhaps the dialogue will continue tonight?

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Reader Comments (6)

Love the GBH, love this great silhouette series.
Lucky you to have him right on your patio


July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Flowers

Thank you Deborah. I have not made any more silhouettes since this time really. I should make a point to go out and look for some more opportunities soon.

July 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterJason Collin

It's as if a skilled artist drew these birds and mountains on an orange canvas. Very lovely and peaceful... soothing. Great passion produces great work. Ron M

July 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRon Mortimer

Thank you Ron....

July 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterJason Collin

Very nice images. They reminded me that what I see every day, and might get bored with at times, can still make a great subject. I always try to "see" what's around me in a different perspective.

August 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLady D

Thank you Lady D....that is the challenge, if one is not constantly traveling to new places alt the time, like Trey Ratcliff for example, then one has to find new images to make right in their own neighborhood or town or city. Shooting at different times of day, using different lenses, trying different techniques, all these things can help.

August 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterJason Collin

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