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Picture Perfect Heron Portrait | by Chris C. Crowley
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Picture Perfect Heron Portrait

I had such a good time taking pics of this stunning bird! I'll be moving on to some other things, like all the wonderful boats I saw while I was down at the marina yesterday, but this lucky surprise was my favorite shoot of the day.


The shot is somewhat grainy in larger sizes because I was photographing it with a pocket camera with only 5 x's zoom. it's been a while since I tried out a smaller camera, and I did so because it's so much easier than dealing with the big ones. Even though I don't use DSLR's, my Olympus and Fujifilm models are DSLR style, and quite heavy. When shooting wildlife off the cuff without a tripod, they get heavy hanging around your neck all day!


Kodak makes some pretty good little cameras. I blow through at least a camera a year, and though they don't hold up as well, pocket cameras can go where the larger ones can't, and don't seem to scare off the animals as much as a big, black box in front of your face! This one is 16 megapixels, and has a Schneider glass lens. I've gotten good results with another Kodak I had like this before, and some of my best Sugar Mill Garden shots were taken with it. Not sure I like this one as much, as it is impossible to get the wrist strap on, and it's a touch screen, which still has me a little baffled. The one thing I DO like is that it automatically adjusts, even for macros! The zoom isn't very good, but this is the camera I'll use for things like self portraits, and cat shots, where a small, maneuverable camera comes in handy. I also like getting cameras from HSN (Home Shopping Network) as they give you months to pay it off at no interest, and when they run a today's special, the deals are pretty much unbeatable. They always give away $50- $75 worth of Kodak gallery coupons, and free software you don't get if you purchase at a store. If you don't like it, you have 30 days to send it back, free of charge. Pretty good for people like me who don't have a whole lot of money to blow on cameras, but go through them as fast as I do!


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Taken on September 18, 2011