A Wind Blown Great Blue Heron Photographed Using Different Angles

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Great Blue Heron with sand backgroundGreat Blue Heron with sand in the background – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1500, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm at 400mm, natural light

These Great Blue Heron photos were taken of the same bird, photographed at same location on the same day just one minute apart. When I created the photo with the sand in the background I was laying down on a small sand dune and took the photo with my camera about level with the wind blown heron. That showed the sandy beach in the background and the water of the Gulf of Mexico near the top of the frame.

Great Blue heron with sky backgroundGreat Blue Heron with sky background – Nikon D200, handheld,  f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm at 250mm, natural light

For the second image I had sand-crawled a little closer to the heron and aimed my camera lens at a more upward angle. By doing so I eliminated the sand behind the heron and had the clear blue sky for a background.

These wind blown Great Blue Heron images are only six frames apart but the backgrounds are very different.

The difference in the angle of my lens created the two different backgrounds. When I am photographing I often look for opportunities like I had with this Great Blue Heron to change my angle or the angle of my lens to experiment. With some habitats it can make a huge difference in the final results, in this case I like both presentations and backgrounds.


Images were created in March of 2009


  1. Lois Bryan March 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    outstanding!!!! you got my shot (again!) … lol … well done!!!

  2. Jolanta March 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Beautiful photos, thanks.

  3. Elephant's Child March 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Both are stunning. Thank you.

  4. Patty Chadwick March 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Wouldn’t even try to choose between them…both are so unusual and wonderful…love the obvious action of the wind in the feathers…two great images!!!

  5. Eric Stognner March 21, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Mia, wonderful angles, I really like the
    different looks and high lighting
    the plumage of this beautiful heron.

  6. Montanagirl March 21, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I like them both as well. Just so beautiful.

  7. judy watson March 21, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Amazing photo!
    It’s amazing how you can get so close to the birds there. That place is on my Bucket List. 🙂
    Love the heron!

  8. Eve March 21, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Fabulous, and so tack-sharp even with the wind! I guess I prefer the first one, because I really like seeing his long crest feathers, and I also like having a sense of where the bird was.

  9. Bob Bushell March 21, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Brilliant Heron, and I love the angles that you shot it.

  10. eric czyz March 21, 2014 at 4:47 am

    hi mia
    i hope you re well, it s a long time i havent seen you 😀
    you heron portrait is deligthfull, 2 very good pictures =))
    see you soon ☺

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