Friday, August 27, 2010

Flight of a Great Egret (Weekend Reflections # 49)

This great egret was flying near by so I decided to try panning. I know it's far from perfect but It's better than I expected. I'm glad that I was able to capture the reflection of the bird on the water. There is also the blurred reflection of the trees and bushes.


"Weekend Reflections" rules are simple:
1)Post a photograph taken by you that contains a visual refection.
2)After I post my Weekend Reflections photo, add your name, country and link to MckLinky
3)Be sure that your link goes directly to your Weekend Reflections post.
4)Link Weekend Reflections to your post so other will know where to go if they want to join
5)Comment on other Weekend Reflections participant’s blogs.
Feel free to be creative.Remember this meme is for any type of reflection photographs.This meme runs Friday 11 am EST through 11pm Sunday, so feel free to link your post anytime within that time frame. Join the fun!

83 comments:

'Tsuki said...

The impression of speed is very impressive... And the capture is really marvelous.

Xavi said...

Terrific capture as always, James!
Have a nice weekend!!

Ebie said...

Soaring high! I love it! Love the color harmony!

Teresa said...

What a wonderful photograph. Nicelly done!

Sunny said...

Awesome picture, James.
Hope your weekend is delightful :)
☼ Sunny

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Amazing photo, James! It appears as an impressionist's canvas with a perfect great egret on the top layer.

Have a great weekend!

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear James,
Excellent capture, what a perfect moment,a toast to life!Your artwork for me it's perfect.I would like so much to learn more about these techniques,and I bet you have lots of fun during the process of art!
And, the bird is CUTE! :)
Hugs
and Happy Weekend
Léia

michael said...

Pretty good job with the pan. Shooting birds in flight is really difficult, and takes lots of practice to get consistently. I have hundreds of lousy shots for each good one.

Riet said...

Wow, beautiful reflection picture James.

Sar@h said...

You can be glad … it's a wonderful capture.

Qwave À la carte said...

Captivating Piece
G R E A T Vision
Me Heart :)

Malyss said...

You just caught a short moment, a breath! and in a marvellous way!It seems that time has stopped for a second,and that the bird is suspended between two movements of its wings....

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful James. Love the reflection and how the bird is flying. Really nice.

We love Luna said...

Bonjour cher James!
Je suis tellement heureuse aujourd'hui parce que maman a fait un post avec reflets! :)
Your picture is magnificent!I wish I also could fly like this gorgeous critter and visit my friends in Pennsylvania!
purrs and always love
Luna
*** a big hug to Lucy!

Carletta said...

I don't know what what part you aren't happy with James - it's terrific!
Love the bokeh!
I'd hang this proudly on my wall. :)

JM said...

Fantastic image! Love the blurred background.

Denise said...

That is an truly amazing photograph.
An English Girl Rambles

Stickup Artist said...

Maybe you say it's far from perfect because you were hoping it would come out clear and detailed like a National Geographic photo. But I think your image captures the idea and feeling of flight rather than a frozen moment. It's a challenging shot and I think you nailed it.

Carolyn Ford said...

This took my breath away when I opened it! What marvelous light and color and that wonderful Egret and reflection...wow, James. This is A+++ in my grade book!

Fred Miller said...

The clearest feature is the bird's eyeball, James. Not perfect? I don't know, but it makes me feel good.

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Dianne said...

looks perfect to me

it makes me feel good too
wonderful sense of freedom

Olivier said...

photo tout simplement magnifique, de quoi en faire un poster

Sylvia K said...

I love the egret! And what a fantastic capture and reflection! Really superb, James, as always! Your shots take my breath away! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Sistertex said...

Excellent, as always!

cieldequimper said...

You're a wizard, aren't ya? Amazingly beautiful.

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

This is a fabulous, reflective shot!

Thom said...

I could never do that. It's wonderful my friend. I like how the reflection of the egret is clearer than the rest in the water. But there again, I suppose that's how it's suppose to be LOL. Have a great weekend :)

ruma said...

Her lovely eyes.
And slender both legs. . .

However, I feel the freedom from the figure.

The snow-white clothes melt into green of the Nature.



ruma

Dina said...

Your experiment worked. I love this photo!

Perry said...

Awesome! Everyone else have already said it all. Just awesome.

Carol said...

Wow, this is beautiful!!

AB said...

Looks great to me. Good work

carolina mts said...

Love the way your shot came out!

Clytie said...

What a beautiful picture. The reflection is perfect. I love egrets!

Sammy Thorley said...

Wow what a beautiful amazing shot I love the colour the position the beauty of the reflection its a top shot

Elisa said...

Great, amazing shot!
Best regards from Argentina
Elisa

Gattina said...

What a shot ! gorgeous !

Bibi said...

I think it IS perfect!

Francisca said...

Well done, James... You captured the motion of this elegant bird in flight with a super reflection. The colors are so serene.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi James,
questa è una straordinaria immagine riflessa.
Bellissima questa sensazione di libertà :)
Buona giornata.

joo said...

This photo is awesome!

Matty said...

The background is an entire reflection itself, and is the perfect backdrop for the reflected bird. Nice one James.

Gunsside said...

Beautiful is the bird flying over the water. Well done reflection ;))

Tricia said...

Fantastic capture, love the sheen on that water

Dimple said...

I think you did a great job panning this shot.The egret is very clear, only its wingtips are blurred. I like it.

Greyscale Territory said...

Incredible, impressive moment with the dramatic spread of wings reflected in the water! Very beautiful!

Evelyn said...

Nice shot James. It's so graceful. Happy weekend, Ev

Anne-Ma said...

Un reflet en plein vol. Une magnifique photo, j'aime beaucoup. Bon week-end :-).

Halcyon said...

A fantastic reflection. Egrets/herons are one of my favorite birds!

Carver said...

What a great capture. I love this one so much. I'm pretty sure that I've said this before but even though I haven't gotten it together to participate in this theme, I enjoy seeing the reflection shots others who do participate post when I'm visiting some of the blogs I visit. It's kind of funny to thank someone for starting a meme I don't participate in but I feel like saying thank you every time I'm at a blog and see a cool reflection they are posting for this theme you started.

Doreen said...

nice shot! love the reflection. you can't see it here but isn't it amazing how long their necks are?

OneDay said...

Beautiful shot!

katney said...

Panning. I've got to remember that. If I can do anywhere near as well as you have done I would be well pleased.

Besides my offical linked post I had another great reflection yesterday.

Boom Nisanart said...

Impressive reflection !

Hilda said...

Great capture of it in flight!

Pagan Sphinx said...

That is a spectacular photograph!

My first entry to Weekend Reflections is up! On a photo meme tear!

Thank for hosting and have a great weekend. Peace

Ann said...

I almost thought they were 2 birds. Egrets are called Kotutu in Maori in New Zealand. My teaching space is called Kotuku.

Martha Z said...

Now that is a great capture; good panning.

Regina said...

Its captivating. Lovely one James.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Regards.

" Regina "

Misalyn said...

terrific shot! your lucky that you've captured that one. am having trouble capturing birds in flight.

Rinkly Rimes said...

What a beautiful shot! But you're so popular I doubt if you'll ever get as far as my comment!

Gine said...

J'admire cette photo ! La netteté du sujet sur le fond flou et le contraste blanc vert : parfait !

Le Journal de Chrys said...

Un superbe photo: en plein vol!!!
Bravo

Lily Hydrangea said...

nice job James. I love the blurry background.
Now I must go look up panning...

Tash said...

spectacular capture and a tough one too

Nefertiti said...

magnifique il n y a pas d autre mot !!!

bon w end

Nessa said...

I think it is absolutely wonderful. Magical.

Anna said...

Looks perfect to me!
Absolutely beautiful, and you captured it. Anna :)

Serendipity said...

Beautiful! I love the sense of motion

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

I would love to hang a print of that on my wall too. It's stunning!

Martha in PA said...

Very beautiful!

quilly said...

This is a totally awesome shot. The movement doesn't make it flawed. That is the perfection. You didn't stop the bird in flight, you caught the bird in flight.

jennyfreckles said...

It may not be 'perfect' but it's a beautiful shot. The impressionistic background really does give it a sense of movement.

Crafty Gardener said...

What an amazing photo of the egret and its reflection.

Buck said...

I can feel the green stillness. Love this so much!!

Owen said...

It's simply beautiful James... I don't know what perfection means... but beauty does not need to be qualified by perfection I think... you nailed this one...

Rebecca said...

It is beautiful!

JunieRose2005 said...

Oh!!! It's absolutely beautiful!

Would make a beautiful picture to hang!!

Junie

John McDevitt said...

I think it's a great shot James. The combination of the water, the colors and the bird work to perfection.

I didn't post this week because I upgraded my Linux OS and have been busy getting my new system up and running.

Naquillity said...

that's one spectacular shot. love the movement and reflection in this photo. beautiful. have a great day.

Cheryl said...

A wonderful photo of a beautiful, graceful bird.

Ann said...

You hear about the plane crash in PNG? When my husband went in work assignment, I was quite worried.

How long were you in PNG?

Tinsie said...

Absolutely great capture! Me likey very much :-)