Great Blue Tricolor in Late Light

A loop around Black Point Wildlife Drive, at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, at sunset is mandatory for any visit to the Space Coast. The light is fantastic, and the birds are coming in to night roosts, generally in open areas near the road, and are easy to photograph.

This Great Blue Tricolored Heron [got to pay more attention!] was irresistible. The mid range of the PhotoScope’s zoom (1000mm equivalent) was plenty for an intimate portrait.

Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL at 1000mm equivalent. 1/530th @ ISO 100. Metered at about f5. Programmed auto.

Added Clarity and Vibrance in Lightroom. Sharpen landscape preset. I actually needed to tone down the warmth of the light overall by adjusting color temperature, since it looked slightly “unnatural.”

From Latest PhotoScoped.


6 Responses to “2/12/2010”

  1. 02/12/2010 at 7:14 am

    Great capture! The light is great!

  2. 2 Wendy Hollands
    02/12/2010 at 9:46 am

    beautiful light, beautiful heron. Well captured!

  3. 02/12/2010 at 4:26 pm

    another great one jbuca

  4. 02/12/2010 at 8:31 pm

    Wonderful capture.


  5. 02/12/2010 at 8:37 pm

    Gorgeous shot. Excellent detail. I love these birds.

  6. 6 singraham
    02/12/2010 at 8:40 pm

    Oh, am I embarassed. It is a Tricolored Heron, as one of you commenters pointed out privately. I had it as a tricolor originally, and then second guessed myself in labeling the pic for a slide show. Oh well…not paying enough attention.

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