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