Posts Tagged ‘Great Blue Heron’

Great Blue Heron Takes Off - October 02, 2013 - 192-(Black and White)

The moment when a bird, any bird, just takes off is here and gone in a millisecond. When a Great Blue Heron has just taken off from a branch overlooking the pond at Warner Park in Madison, Wisconsin is just as fleeting if a bit more noticeable. This photo is my contribution to Black & White Sunday: A Fleeting Moment.


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The Challenge is the Hue of You

The state of mine is black and blue

with just a touch of color

But as you see from my entry ( Poor poet may I be)

That even black and blue of hue

My You still has its Points of View

Where lives a sense of wonder


Note Related to The Daily Prompt: Release Me

I almost never read the Daily Prompt, but in an interesting coincidence today’s Daily Prompt: Release Me asks about the blog post I was most nervous to publish — and what it was like to set it free. It happens that the post was my blog post above because I wrote and posted what I know is a not very good poem (it would not have been better had I worked on it for a week; I’m just not much of a poet). I am reluctant to post things that aren’t pretty close to as good as I can make them and at least meet some minimum level of competence. My poem didn’t really meet either of those qualifications, but since I thought that it had the advantages of being true, a little funny and fitting the photo nicely. I published anyways. The world didn’t end so it was okay.

Warner Park is not the perfect photo destination. On one hand you have a beautiful bird like the Great Blue Heron in the park. On the other hand, it may be standing in or flying over water that is pea soup green with clumps of I’m not sure what floating about on the water’s surface. Here is what I mean:

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What’s a photographer of limited stamina and resources to do. Head for the pristine wilderness of course. Not. I can’t honestly say I feel a great deal of obligation to stay true to the subject matter here. At least not the entire subject matter in this photo. The environment around the heron distracts from it. As a result, I feel it is entirely appropriate to work around it. One obvious way to do that while using the same image is, of course, to a use black and white image. There is no pea soup green in black and white:

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Other possible ways for addressing unappealing elements of a photo include cropping:

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or using a photo technique that takes the edge off of the undesirable elements of the photo. Below the streaks filter from DFX 3 blurs the image while a mask protects the heron.

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Of course there is always the danger /opportunity of selecting the heron and launching it into new worlds where the pea soup pond has lost its relevance. Below are three images created using Filter Forge 3.

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Finally coming back full circle, the simplest of all ways to deal with the problem of the pea soup pond is for the photographer to slightly change position.

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Great Blue Heron - Taking Off

The large Great Blue Heron in Madison’s Warner Park (pictured in the earlier set of photos I posted) eventually decided it was time to move on for the day. Here he is at the moment when his flight begins.



I have been watching several Great Blue Herons that have been staying in Madison’s Warner Park recently and wanted to share a few of my photos. I intended to put high enough resolution images into the slide show so that you could learn a bit about the herons while looking at the images while not making them too large. I hope it worked. I have several more interesting shots that I will be getting into another post shortly. I hope you enjoy these photos.

There are several Great Blue Herons that have been visiting Madison’s Warner Park recently. Here are three photos of them doing what they do most of the time, which is stand around:).

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I love this photo, but I want to tell you that Great Blue Herons are not actually this blue. That said, the heron looks this blue in the RAW file from which this photo comes. I believe the unusual color here is due to the sunlight which has been filtered through the tree cover. I know the highly unusual supercharged blue of the heron is a small piece of the photo and I could have made it larger, but then I would have lost the ambience and explanation for the color. I took this photo recently in Madison’s Warner Park.  This photo, incidentally, is of the hidden side of Warner Park. The park is generally seen as a multi-purpose recreational park (home to the Madison Mallards [a summer collegiate baseball team], numerous softball fields, a large community recreation center, big parking lots, etc.). I doubt that most people think there is any wildlife besides a few ducks in the park.

I hope you enjoy this submission for the Weekly Photo Challenge – Saturated.