Once in a blue heron

I set out only to try and capture a few dawn shots of the Quinebaug River that runs through Putnam, but was surprised to see a blue heron looking for breakfast. I am not sure if it caught what it wanted, but I know I did!

Before viewing the photographs, I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. As always, special thanks to my dearest Lyn, She Of Great Taste In All Things But Men, who does most of the photo selection. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.

 

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All photographs and comments ©2014 by John Etheridge with all rights reserved; not to be used without the expressed written permission of the copyright owner

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11 thoughts on “Once in a blue heron

    • You are very kind. Thank you. I, on the other hand, am very jealous of the intimacy that you command so well on your shots. I love that drawn in, “I’m there” look. Well done for you!

    • Seeker, thank you! I was very lucky that morning…we do not often get that amount of fog and I was lucky in capturing it, I think. The heron was a very, VERY lucky bonus!

  1. These are beautiful images, the fog is magic. Lucky hour, probably early morning? How far away was that heron? My heron was about 12 m away from where I stood. What lens did you use?

    • The hour was just after dawn. I was about 40m away and using a 300mm lens (plus, I have a 1.6 crop body, so the lens is effectively a 450mm) that I had borrowed from a friend, and to be honest, was not sure how to use. I flubbed a lot of shots. It was still dark so I had to use a tripod; the lens was so heavy that it kept pulling the tripod head out of the framing I wanted. I was also set up for HDR shots and should have known to put the darn thing into 1 shot mode. Ah well, live and learn! I have to try and get back some Saturday morning to see if my friend is still returning there.

        • These were taken with a T3i. A stronger and more stable tripod is something I’d like to aim for. But the really good ones are so, so EXPENSIVE! I also think I’d like to try one of the pistol heads, to see if they are faster and secure. Well, no one ever got into photography thinking it was cheap!

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