This image isn't sharp in any way shape or form, but I still like it.

Shot while waist deep in water, using a borrowed 100-400L.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 25th April 2009, This photo: 6:51am

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  • Xenedis said:
    The bird looks sufficiently sharp to me, even at a larger size.
    The image works well.
  • Cass n Dan said:
    Nice birdie :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh no the bird is definitely not sharp - but the mood is good :)
    As-is from the camera too.
    Thanks :)
  • James Lagden said:
    I like it
  • Simon Diete said:
    I reckon the the shot is great David, the timing is excellent.
    Also you get an 'A' for standing waist deep in water..especially at this time of year :-)
  • SkattyKat said:
    you get my vote too David. The bokeh is gorgeous, the light in the wing & tail feathers & the water dripping from the bird's leg ... Great !!
    & was it Mel that said on Sunday, you can accept the not so sharp photos ......
  • Wes Cooper said:
    This is fantastic. The mood is great, the sharpness is secondary. Plenty of very famous photos that are less sharp than this.
  • Garry' said:
    Love this picture David, in particular because of the bokeh and lens flare in contrast to the birdie. All the eye is focusing on is the grass and the "sharp" bird.
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • dirklie65 said:
    wonderfull light!!!!
  • David de Groot said:
    That's pretty much how I'd sum it up too ;-)
    Well to tell a secret, I had fishing waders on at the time, but it was still chilly ;-)
    Yep, it was Mel that said that. This shot survived the cutting room several times based on the feel of it, as ordinarily I'd have deleted a shot with nothing in focus.
    True. It's taken a while to accept that on a bird shot though (avid bird photographers tend to be all about sharpness).
    Thanks Garry. You've picked all the parts I like about it.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Great Bokeh mate, and the light is soft and warm.
  • Richard.Fisher said:
    Excellent shot David. As said above the timing is great. The image really captures a sense of motion. The bird looks like it's hanging in the air (think Pele's headed goal against Italy in the '70 World Cup) but just a fraction of a second later and you feel the bird will accelerate up and out of the top left corner of the picture.
  • caseyjohnphotography said:
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Nice one David!!
  • evankok said:
    Love the image...beautiful DOF and lighting...my only suggestion (purely a personal thing BTW) I'd crop it more heavily like a pano! Wonderful!
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Sharp enough for me Dave - perfect lighting Bud - nailed the scene :-)
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    wow good one Dave ... m
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kane :)
    Thanks Richard, I liked the captured moment - it's very much a case of the "decisive moment", I think.
    Thanks Casey :)
    Thanks Cecily.
    Not sure about cropping this one, I like the placement of the egret where it is, and to lose the grass on the bottom would change the image too much.
    Just as well I didn't post the full size version then ;-)
    Thanks Ming :)
  • Adam Randell said:
    Excellent capture David. I love the detail here, right down to the water dripping from the foot. I would put the comment on the image but dont want to spoil this great shot...Love that totally blurred background too.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Adam :)
  • -Bennie- said:
    lovely photo Dave.
    I must say watching you over the past (errr. almost 2 years now) your experience as a photography and the quality of your work has gone through the roof! You've become quite natural @ producing brilliant photos!
    I'm most definitely looking forward to the future mate wondering what you're going to come up with! :-)
  • mlilasic said:
    great catch and details
  • David de Groot said:
    Cheers Bennie :) You're putting the pressure on now :P
    Thanks :)
  • Mitch Lahey said:
    Focus is brilliant. The background blur is really nice and the color is spectacular.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Mitch :)
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    Ditto what -Bennie- said. It seems like the Egret is flying between the bokeh, or avoiding bokeh mid-air explosions. Great mood, great shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    hahaha bokeh mid-air collisions indeed!
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    wowsers, poetry
    the background is amazing, the bird as well
  • David de Groot said:
    hehe Thanks David :)
  • Albi // // celeste said:
    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)
  • preetalina (bubblestar) said:
    It is definitely an interesting composition. Your bird shots are truly amazing to behold!
  • David de Groot said: