Fogged Up Heron

During last week’s kayak outing in the dense fog at a nearby Missouri Conservation Department natural area, I came upon a pretty cooperative Great Blue Heron that let the kayak get relatively close (I was paddling south, with a light northerly wind at my back, so I let the wind carry the kayak towards where the heron was perched). As I got closer, the heron decided it was time to leave. Here is a set of images I captured from the kayak as the heron took off into the fog:

Great Blue Heron in heavy fog

Great Blue Heron in heavy fog

Great Blue Heron in heavy fog

Great Blue Heron in heavy fog

Great Blue Heron in heavy fog

Great Blue Heron in heavy fog

The above images were captured at an extremely high ISO (ISO 6400), which is really pushing the ability of the camera. But a few years ago, these shots would not have been possible in the pre-sunrise, foggy conditions, and from a kayak,¬† that I encountered last week. There was substantial “noise” in the above images, which I reduced using Noiseless Pro software. Not great images, but lots of nice memories!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400 mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld from the kayak, with IS “On”
  • ISO 6400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/200 sec. to 1/320 sec.

 

 

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