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Okay, so maybe it’s a bit of a butt shot, but it was too visually interesting for me to toss it.  And in my defense, you can see this heron’s face, so that’s something.  But what mainly attracts me are two things:  first, the intensity of the pose.  This guy didn’t care that I was there – not at all.  All his attention is on the hunt, and some little fish is about to have a very bad morning because of it.  Second, the light; he stepped into this brighter spot as I took the photo and it totally works, especially with the darker shaded area behind him.

On a technical note, this also shows the degree of separation that’s possible with the m4:3 system.  Yes, the physical aspects of the system make out-of-focus areas less easy to get than with, say, a full frame camera.  But I said “less easy,” not impossible, as this clearly demonstrates.  We’ve got a nice OOF foreground, a climb into and back out of sharpness, and an OOF background.  What more could you want?  (And short of a 300mm f/2.8, you aren’t going to get much more anyway.)

On a random note, I was amused to find that I could tell where this photo was taken without having to refer to my metadata.  Despite paddling countless miles of shoreline, it seems that I’ve got a pretty good memory for each batch of stumps, each curve of land, and just looking at most of my photos is enough to jog at least the body of water, and usually the specific area, where a photo was taken.  (Now if only I could remember where I put my glasses…)

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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