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

    by Bohicat, on Flickr

    by Bohicat, on Flickr

    A few more that capture the essence of the action

    by Bohicat, on Flickr

    by Bohicat, on Flickr

    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 Subscribing Member

    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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