Snowy Egret Shake

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Phocal, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    So I captured a 3 second burst (at 10fps) of a Snowy Egret (Egretta Thula) shaking dry after getting wet while trying to catch a fish. My problem is that I cannot decide which one/ones to do a final edit on. Below are a few select ones from the sequence and a link to my Flickr album with all 29 shots in it. These are just real fast edits and no cropping, once I decide on the final images will do a final edit and a small crop for composition.

    The sequence was shot using my EM-1 w/ ZD 50-200 SWD + EC-14. Was shooting in aperture priority, center focus point (I believe, it's my most used one) on S-AF, auto ISO and -1 EV. Typically shoot white birds at 3/4 to 1 1/4 underexposed to keep the detail in the white feathers.

    Here are two that are really close and can't decide which I like better

    13 by Bohicat, on Flickr

    14 by Bohicat, on Flickr

    A few more that capture the essence of the action

    4 by Bohicat, on Flickr

    12 by Bohicat, on Flickr

    18 by Bohicat, on Flickr

    Any and all comments or critiques are always welcomed and if you would like to comment on which one/ones I should do a finally edit on I would greatly appreciate it.

    Here is the link to the album:

    Thanks in advance,

    Last edited: Mar 15, 2015
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  2. Clicka

    Clicka Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 28, 2014
    Peter Campbell
    They were fun to flip through. They're all great. Sorry, Can't help your decision.
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  3. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Thanks and that's ok, will eventually decide on a final few.
  4. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 30, 2014
    I prefer the second one (14). My reason is due to the fact processing can bring some details of the face/ eyes out while still showing the shake to dry action...

    Great sequence all said!
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  5. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Thanks. You are correct about getting more detail. I just hit my standard preset and pasted on all photos. So, no real editing yet and the final versions will be even better.
  6. flamingfish

    flamingfish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 16, 2012
    Agree with maritan on #14, if the face details can be brought out. As presently processed, my favorite is 18 because it shows the face well and still shows feathers in fluffed-up positions, even though it doesn't really convey the "shake" as well as the earlier shots.

    Cool shots!
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