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Herons and Egrets

Posted By: Attila Kegyes

Herons and Egrets - 09/28/10 02:49 AM


Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Nikon F6 + Sigma 300-800 Fuji Velvia 100



Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Nikon F6 + Sigma 300-800 Fuji Velvia 100



Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
Pentax Z1p + Sigma 175-500 Fuji Sensia 200



Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
Pentax Z1p + Sigma 175-500 Fuji Sensia 200




Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
Pentax Z1p + Sigma 175-500 Fuji Sensia 200




Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
Nikon F6 + Sigma 300-800 Fuji Astia 100F




Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
Nikon F6 + Sigma 300-800 Fuji Astia 100F




Green heron (Butorides virescens)
Nikon F6 + Sigma 300-800 Fuji Velvia 100


All the photographs are original capture, no crop, no levels, no dodging or burning, no color adjustment, no computer manipulations whatsoever.
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Herons and Egrets - 09/28/10 03:47 AM

Hi Attila,

These are just lovely. LOL, it took only 15minutes for them to load on my iPad here in the park.

James
Posted By: Attila Kegyes

Re: Herons and Egrets - 09/28/10 09:40 AM

Thanks James!

I upload them in a small size!
Are you in Yellowstone right now?
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Herons and Egrets - 09/28/10 06:34 PM

Yes. Chanthee and I have been here for about a week and a half. It has been great. Internet connections have been spotty at best.

James
Posted By: Attila Kegyes

Re: Herons and Egrets - 09/29/10 08:13 PM

Once I would like to go to Yellowstone N.P. but I would like to go a less popular area, some backcountry hiking and photographing if it is not illegal yet, or gonna be until I get a chanse to go.
I just saw last week a slideshow and presentation about a Yellowstone, and the photographer said, there are boardwalk goes everywhere and you must walk on it you can't step on a ground, because that can cause a fine for you.
If this is a true, I'm not interesting about the Yellowstone at all! I come from an ex communist country so I'm not use to this high level of controll and restriction and prohibition, and regulation. I use to the personal freedom.
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Herons and Egrets - 09/30/10 02:11 AM

Hi Attila,

That is certainly true around the geyser basins. This is for your own safety. Many people have died or been injured in the geyser area by falling into scalding water. People forget that Yellowstone is essentially a giant volcano - which explains why things like Old Faithful and the other hot pools.

Having said that, the park is pretty well marked out after all of these years. There are mNy places to go unencumbered, and i suggest that the best way to see Yellowstone (or any park) is exactly as you suggest - off of the beaten path.

James
Posted By: Dave DisBrow

Re: Herons and Egrets - 09/30/10 07:11 AM

Hi Attila,

Very nicely presented and shot! I'm trying to figure #1 out, did you shoot from or through a blind?
Posted By: Marie Mitchell Photography

Re: Herons and Egrets - 09/30/10 11:10 AM

Very enjoyable shots, Attila.
Posted By: Attila Kegyes

Re: Herons and Egrets - 10/01/10 04:47 AM

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This is for your own safety. Many people have died or been injured in the geyser area by falling into scalding water.




Where I came from we say: "Who stupid, deserve to die"
Fortunatelly the goverment not punish the people with that, take away their freedom just becouse a few idiot who died or injured.
Why need to punish everyone, just becouse a few idiots?

Every year hundreds of people die by guns here in america! Why not take away guns? Shooting each other is OK? But if someone die by accident becouse it's own stupidy immedietally they take steps, to take away freedom from everyone. It is make no sense!
Posted By: Attila Kegyes

Re: Herons and Egrets - 10/01/10 05:31 AM

Quote:

I'm trying to figure #1 out, did you shoot from or through a blind?




Thanks Dave!

I did shoot it from a portable photoblind standing in a water, but the unsharp things what you see on a picture is a reeds between me and the Egret!

It was taken a shallow (3feet deep) marsh where I was photographing swans originally. The egret came by surprise! There's a little narrow islet in the mars, with reeds on it.
The egret was wading on the other side of the islet, and there was only one short spot where wasnt reeds on this islet. I have to wait until the egret gets into that point to able to take a photo.
Because the islet and the reeds was about halfway between me and the egret I got them unsharp enough and it make a natural frame to my subject.


Here is my photoblind what I can use in water:



This is a golf size umbrella with a camo net and skirt on it, attached to my Wimberley head, with Manfrotto "single arms". It is turning with the head and camera, but not tilting with it. So I can turn around a 360 degree but the photoblind is turning too with me. But when I have to tilt up or down, it is stay stationary. So the camera can be stay in balance as usually on a wimberley head.
If there's no wind, it can be very usefull. I have longer camo skirt for it if I want it to use standing behind a camera, or a short skirt if I want sitting on a ground or when I use it in water.
Posted By: Attila Kegyes

Re: Herons and Egrets - 10/01/10 05:32 AM

Thank you Marie!
Posted By: RomanJohnston

Re: Herons and Egrets - 10/05/10 04:07 PM

Nice work Attila.. Well done.

Roman
Posted By: Durwood Edwards

Re: Herons and Egrets - 10/05/10 04:21 PM

Nice blind set-up. How many single arms are you using? How do you attach your umbrella to the single arms?
Posted By: Attila Kegyes

Re: Herons and Egrets - 10/06/10 10:48 PM

Quote:

Nice blind set-up. How many single arms are you using? How do you attach your umbrella to the single arms?




I using two single arms, one of them attach to the umbrella wia Manfrotto Car windo pod, other arm is attached to the handle of the umbrella. To able to do this I reshaped the bottom of the umbrella plastic handle in order to fit into the hole on the camera platform on the single arm which was designed to hold photo umbrellas I think.
For better understanding here are a few picture wich shows how I did attach the umbrealla to the single arms and the single arms to the Wimberley tripod head.
The pictures shows the setup with my Pentax camera with a 170-500m lens, but I use this blind with a Nikon F6 and Sigma 300-800. With the Sigma 300-800 lens the camera get more farther away from the tripod head so the single arms are not in my way.

So here is the upper attachment point with a windo pod:







And this is the bottom attachment point. With the side thumb bolt (shown by red arrow) I can secure the reshaped bottom of the handle into the single arm. But without tightening the bolt it still remains in it anyway.






And here you can see how I attach the single arms to the wimberley:






There is a much more rigid arm from Manfrotto which can do the job better, and even may one arm would be enough! But that is more expensive, and I can use this arms for holding remote flash too, so I choose this one because it make my gear more flexible.
I using them for close up photography holding speedlights as they was designed for.
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