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on Feb 4, 2013 in Wildlife Photography

The Challenge of #1mil

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God bless Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets because they get more photographers into wildlife photographers than anything else! Being found in just about every nook and cranny of North America, who hasn’t photographed these graceful but dirt common subjects? I don’t think I have 1mil photos of the Great Egret, but I might be wrong. So when you’re confronted with taking picture 1mil and one, what do you do? Well, I tend to get really picky and push things a little. What’s pushing it? In the top photo, not a thing! I have a Great Egret in a nice little shaft of light, it goes with the other thousands like that which I have in my files.But this lone egret won’t be alone for long.

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Now, I’m not a “raise the ISO” when the light levels drop kinda shooter. So to answer the 1mil challenge, I use the old fashion approach, watch for peak of action and shoot. Shooting with the D4 with 600VR2 with TC-20e3, I focused on the single egret waiting for the mate to comeback. The small shaft of light is slowly fading when the mate returns. He (I assume it’s him) shows up with a twig, makes the presentation and the displaying begins. I simply watch with my finger half way depressing the shutter release so I can shot in a heartbeat. When the wings spread, I watch the head and when it stops its travel, I go click. Na, not some amazing photo but rather, a way to meet the challenge of 1mil and push you photography forward. I’m constantly looking for a way to meet the challenge and of course, win. It’s what pushes my photography.