The Elusive Blue Heron

 

 

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I selected him, ran an inverse, and then blurred the background. In the process, his edges looked a bit jagged so I tried to smooth them out. I also tried cloning part of his underwing to hide large tree branches that showed up on his wing. This one not my best.

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My attempt at Sepia tone.

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brightened up the colors.

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the oil painting filter.

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This is just a basic crop.

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Just a crop and sharpened the edges.

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Here he is taking off and if you look closely you can see his feet have just left the branches.

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I like the way his wings are up high, but have folded down.  His muscles pop out and the strength of his long neck stares you in the face.  I also noticed that his feet dangle downwards and if he were to land he would need to move them up.

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The steel grays of his feathers deem him worth y of being a Great Blue.

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Before I took these pictures I never knew that there is a bit of orange on the GBH’s wings.

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This photo reminds me of a book by Richard Bach called There’s No Such Place as Far Away.

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Obviously I was playing with lighting techniques.  His feet are straight, the way a diver wants their feet together and angled as he/she jumps off the dive board and up into the air before landing in the pool.

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In this lighting technique I am reminded of someone who is pushing his/her way through a dark cloud and knowing that the perseverence will pay off in the future.

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The graceful wings as they curve upwards in lift.

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I wanted to keep some of the tops of trees to get a sense of height.

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Another Oil Painting filter.

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Resting on a branch post flight.