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10 seconds of exposure (June 2005) ...

That one took several times to achieve. I mean, I went to that place a dozen of times before I could even get such a luck. Many things here contribute to such a powerful image. The long exposure is a decisive factor to get the water texture like this, I wanted that from the begining. A very cooperative and very still bird (in this case a Black Crowned Night Heron, known for their ability to stay still forever when they rest or when they fish), the perfect lighting (and trust me, I was never able to repeat this light at this place ever after), a couple of filters on the lens (in this case a Blue/Gold polarizer and a circ polarizer together + a ND 08 filter) as they helped keeping the exposure longer and the colors as you see them. A flash was also much needed to fire a last blast of light on the BCNH (sychronized in Rear Curtain). The D2X was set up in HSC (high speed crop) so I got the FOV of 400mm with my AF-S VR 70-200 2.8. I had my Budy Benoit G (member on PBase as well) to stop people to come on the bridge where I was shooting for a few minutes so I can get a perfectly still environment. As you can see, this was thought of long in advance. I am quite proud of this one too.

Nikon D2x ,Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
10s f/18.0 at 200.0mm iso100 with Flash full exif

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gardener20-Dec-2010 17:12
Very impressive scenario, you must a perfectionist, bravo. Our Provence grey herons are hardly as beautiful as the one you show, so beautifully here, Peter
Brandon Mardon03-Apr-2010 03:47
Beautifully composed...inspirational..."Sunset Hunter"
Lise De Serres22-Jan-2010 01:35
Vraiment impresssionnant, un travail de maître!! Bravo!
Guy StV26-Oct-2008 16:53
Quel beau travail! Tu as bien mérité cette prise! Bravo
Guest 28-Apr-2008 12:46
Still one of my favorite shots on Pbase
Sandra Jackson09-Apr-2008 03:50
Such a sweet image with a sweet lens and a very talented photog.
Susanne v. Schroeder12-Dec-2007 15:11
You have all reasons to be proud of this image! It's a masterpiece, pure magic!!
Christopher Tranter10-Dec-2007 18:22
Guest 30-Nov-2007 16:52
Unbelievable! Definately a shot to be proud of! I've shot Yellow Crowned Night Herons, but I don't think I've ever seen one stay still for 10s. Again, unbelievable!
Guest 26-Nov-2007 13:36
Me again.This is one of the coolest bird shots Ive ever seen.After reading everything about this it made this even more amazing.
Guest 26-Nov-2007 01:37
OMG.Yves this is just amazing.Wow.GMV
Denis Vincelette11-Oct-2007 17:39
Mes félicitations ... une pas facile à réaliser mais superbement réussie ! BRavo !
Guest 26-May-2006 12:05
WOW. Great effect with the slow exposure, but how did you know the bird would remain still for so long? Not even a leaf has moved.
Felipe Rodríguez19-Feb-2006 22:23
How did you convince it to stay such still? :)

Outstanding shot and gallery. I come back now and then to see your newer and always impressive stuff, Yves.

Grobljar Vanjo04-Feb-2006 15:05
Fantastic shot
PiJoly06-Jan-2006 20:29
J'en suis Que voilà un superbe Bihoreau gris adulte, bien chromé et bien câdré. BRAVO!
decormoi.com20-Nov-2005 13:03
dis moi a quel endroit que tu vois cette oiseaux il cool ...
Benoît Jolivet04-Oct-2005 19:50
Wow, 10 secondes d'exposition, j'en reviens pas, c'est vraiment très beau !! Vote
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