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I made down to the lake this morning. Last night the weatherman said partly cloudy today, but by this morning, it had become mostly cloudy. The flash usually stays in the Pelican case because of limited room in the yak, but I decided to use it because of the low light.

Anyway, there was a GBH in one of my favorite spots to shoot them, so I took my time approaching it, and did not spook it, so I managed a number of shots while hoping it would catch a fish, and it finally did. I saw maybe a half a dozen GBH this morning, and got a few keepers.

All shot hand held from the yak using a Better Beamer for fill flash. As always, C&C appreciated ~ Ron



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1) I missed the grab, and it turned away from me as soon as it caughtthe fish.

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/4.0    1/300s    1000 ISO    -0.3 EV  





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2) It turned back to me as it swallowed the fish.

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3) After swallowing the fish it continued to hunt.

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/4.0    1/300s    1000 ISO    -0.7 EV  





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4) It eventually flew. I only got one sharp shot, and that was wtih the boat storage area in the BG. I'm posting the shot anyway to show the nice underside detail the flash produced.

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5) The 1D4 sure captures some great detail.

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/8.0    1/125s    400 ISO    -1.0 EV  




Sep 09, 2013 at 07:47 PM
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One more...



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6) A full frame shot against a dark bg.

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/8.0    1/125s    400 ISO    -1.0 EV  




Sep 09, 2013 at 07:50 PM
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Very Nice. #2, 3, 5, and 6 are my favorites.


Sep 09, 2013 at 07:57 PM
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Excellent sharpness Ron.
#3 for me.

Phoo



Sep 09, 2013 at 07:59 PM
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Hey Ron, nice work on the big blue guys. #3 and 6 for me.


Sep 09, 2013 at 08:05 PM
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Nice shots, Ron. The third is my favorite.
Chris



Sep 09, 2013 at 10:00 PM
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Ron a really nice set!!!!
BeeBalm



Sep 09, 2013 at 10:41 PM
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Nice job Ron!

These look great. Do you ever miss that F4.5 lens? Still love mine but often contemplate the upgrade but not fond of the extra weight to pack around.

Love the details you are catching.....
Brian



Sep 09, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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3 & 6 for me, Ron, with 3 being outstanding.

Tony



Sep 09, 2013 at 11:04 PM
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very nice indeed Ron


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I like #3, Ron. Good light, composition. My only nitpick is the room on the right side between subject and frame; but not a serious detractor. I like that you got a foot in the shot in that position. Anyone who regularly observes GBHs in the wild will be familiar with this pose. Really nice work!



Sep 09, 2013 at 11:50 PM
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Last two comprise my selection, the the last taking it at the wire. I like the dark bg on this one. There is enough mottling to carry it. No stark even blackness. Nice set Ron! The herons at the lake I frequent fly off at about 100 meters. Maybe it is the yellow boat and paddle.


Sep 10, 2013 at 12:16 AM
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Beautiful set Ron ! Love the last 3. You certainly got some wonderful detail

Birdie



Sep 10, 2013 at 12:17 AM
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Beautiful Ron. I agree with you, ton of feather details. Love #3 and #6 the most.

- Tam



Sep 10, 2013 at 12:22 AM
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What? You've got uncooperative Herons? No way!

It is odd how skittishness (whether ducks or herons or shorebirds) is so regional...maybe one of our FM colleagues in SW Florida should figure out what's in the air down there and sell it on NatureScapes.

Ron, my favorite here is #3; even though there's no fish and no flight, the behavior comes through loud and clear from the pose, and I love the composition. I would be interested to see how it would look with the exposure dialed down; the beamer clearly helps, but somehow hunting in the shade seems more "natural" than hunting in the studio!

Great set!

Greg



Sep 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM
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Super work Ron,

one nit is the bright red and blue spots behind the first flight photo

Morris



Sep 10, 2013 at 01:50 AM
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mikedec wrote:
Very Nice. #2, 3, 5, and 6 are my favorites.


Thanx Mike.

mallardg500 wrote:
Excellent sharpness Ron.
#3 for me.

Phoo


Thanx Phoo.

Herb Houghton wrote:
Hey Ron, nice work on the big blue guys. #3 and 6 for me.


Thanx Henrik.

CDaescher wrote:
Nice shots, Ron. The third is my favorite.
Chris


Thanx Chris. 3 seems to be the winner.

BeeBalm wrote:
Ron a really nice set!!!!
BeeBalm


Thanx BB.

Ron



Sep 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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Excellent set Ron

Ted



Sep 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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Ah Ron, one of your favorite subjects has finally graced you with its presence this summer

You did a bang up job with the flash on this guy, I have to hand it to you. I on the other hand just swear at the clouds for not burning off The last frame rocks but 3 steals the show. Maybe a bit more room on the butt side

Tim



Sep 10, 2013 at 02:24 PM
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A treat to view these!


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