Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Photographed with a: Canon EOS 40D camera body and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM super-telephoto lens, 400mm (1.6x400mm=640mm FOV), 1/8000s @ f/5.6 ISO 800 hand-held in camera RAW. Minimal post-edit in Photoshop Elements 10.
Japanese Silk Painting. Of course this is not a silk painting, but rather a photograph. But it sure looks like it could be. This image looks as if its been heavily manipulated in Photoshop and other software, but it hasn’t—it’s presented almost as shot.
I was photographing a Great Blue Heron early this morning in Eco Park, when he suddenly took flight and landed in this tree. He was backlit from the morning sun (as were some of the tree’s blossoms), and almost in complete silhouette. Of course to get any kind of exposure on him at all required blowing out the sky to a blizzard-white.
Looking at the image on my camera’s LCD display didn’t impress me one darn bit. But once I got home, and started working on the image, everything just seemed to pop. I did my usual post-edit RAW conversion, and then exported it to Photoshop. I lightened the shadows of the Heron a wee bit, which also brought out the backlit blossoms. I cropped and sharpened the image, and just bumped the color saturation a tad to to enhance the foliage. Boom, then there was magic. I was very surprised (and pleased) at the final outcome. Hope you like it.
I also really like the image in Black & White, with its museum presentation (white matte, black frame):