Herons making Of

February 25, 2010

Since so many people asked me how I got this image I’ll let you know πŸ˜€

For the last couple of weeks all lakes have been frozen and so the herons had a hard time finding something to eat. I heard about a spot were fisherman fed the herons and drove there.

I was amazed to see about 30 totally tame herons flying in and fighting for fish as soon as you would throw a piece of fish. After shooting lots of action stuff I decided to go for the ultimate challenge –Β  a wide angle heron grabbing a piece of fish.

The first attempt I made in the morning using the AF. I just threw a piece of fish in front of me and tried to capture the moment. When i arrived at home and checked the files I saw that all grabbing poses were out of focus. The heron’s movement was just to fast for the AF. It always locked on the body or neck. What to do now? Give up? NO! I jumped into my car and drove back. I arruved with an hour of light to go. Luckily, there was now cop on the highway…. πŸ˜€

I grabbed my bag of fish and went onto the ice looking for a good spot. The other issue with shooting a WA shot is finding a pleasant background. Once I found a good spot I recognized that I would throw a way too long shaddow on the ice, which would partially shade the heron. After a while I found a good, but very uncomfortable position that made it possible for meΒ to avoid having a shaddow on the heron. To avoid having unsharp images again I used manual focus this time. I put the fish in front of the lens and focussed about 2cm behind hit. I had to lie down with extended arms to avoid having a shaddowed heron πŸ™‚ When the heron came closer I just pressed the shutter button and let the Mark IV shoot at full 10 fps. This was the only way to get the result I wanted.Β  After 3000 images and about 50 tries I finally got the image I had in mind πŸ™‚

Below are two making of images. Thanks Jakob !


and most of them are sharp…..Β I had such a blast the last for days with about 30 Grey Heons fighting on a frozen lake. Unfortunately, the ice is gone now.

What a cool camera.

Here are three more. All files are full frames. Taken with Mark IV + 70-200 IS.


February 22, 2010

After having great trouble with my Mark IV, cause it just didn’t fokus properly on my 600 IS, the issue is solved now and I can go out shooting πŸ™‚

I will write about it in greater detail soon. I will also add tons of new images.

Here are two herons from yesterday. The Mark IV performs just outstanding. Best camera i’ve ever used!