Blue Heron in My Backyard

Great Blue Heron

A couple days ago I grabbed an image of a Blue Heron in my backyard. I posted a Tweet with an image, but not having the image processed, I posted one made back in January. It’s the same heron, though I suppose it could be another. The plan was to post the latest image after it was processed.

Here it is:

Blue Heron

This Blue Heron is a frequent visitor to the backyard, and today, when we came back after being out for awhile, we caught him wandering up toward the driveway. He hasn’t wandered that far up the yard before. As we pulled in he reversed course and sauntered back down the slope toward the safety of the lake. It was like he thought, “If if just move slowly back down they’ll never know I was here.” Real cool like. Then he stopped on the bank just long enough to allow me to get this shot.

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Great Blue Herons are not likely to visit a typical backyard. Apparently, my backyard is not typical. The only fence is the invisible one, the house backs up to a small lake, and it has more wildlife than any backyard I’ve ever had. There was even a recent report from a neighbor about armadillos in the hood. Those things can mess up a yard. I am not thrilled.

About the Shot

It was overcast and threatening rain when I made this image using my Canon 60D with a Canon EF-S55-250mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. I manually set the shutter speed to 1/160 sec. with an aperture of f/7.1, which is my default aperture. The ISO was set to auto to let the camera calculate for the handheld shot. It chose ISO 5000.

Today’s digital cameras have several automatic settings to choose from, and though I normally shoot strictly manual there are times when automatic settings just make things easier. Still, the camera’s algorithms can never replace the photographers mind and sense of proper exposure. I always encourage people to shoot manually whenever possible and practical; it is the best way to learn to make images.

I processed the image in Lightroom to make the basic adjustments. Then I finished the processing in Luminar2018. Both of these programs are fantastic and put the darkroom on my desktop, and even my devices.

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