On the same morning as my Colors of Fog post, but about an hour or so later, I was farther along the shoreline at Fords Pond when I encountered the little Green Heron.  He was in position for a perfect shot, but I wasn’t prepared, and he flew away before I was able to capture anything.  I was angry with myself for the lost opportunity, but as I continued on my paddle I rounded another bend on the shoreline and came across this scene.

The Green Heron perched on a stump in the foreground and, in the background, a Great Blue Heron standing among the reeds.  Naturally the physics involved in long telephoto lenses won’t allow me to capture both in full sharpness in the same frame.  I suppose that, were I on land with a tripod, I could have shot a series of different focus points and combined them in post – but that’s also not an option on a drifting kayak.

So instead I have two photos, each with two herons; in the second you have to look a little closer, because the closer I moved the Green Heron, the less focused his Great Blue cousin became.  I have to admit, I was pretty pleased with myself: two herons in the same photo isn’t something that happens every day!



Shooting Info: EM-5 + Oly 75-300mm, f6.7, ISO 400, 1/500 from the Tarpon 120

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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