…morning light is magic…

Great Blue Sunrise

Had one of those great mornings along the Texas Gulf Coast recently when the stars aligned. One big star and a great blue heron.

Visualized this shot when spotting this great blue heron while walking on the beach when it was still dark out. Had to guess where to lay down based on the light peeking through on the horizon. Only had to shift my position slightly when seeing the sun start to pop to keep him in the sunrise. He stayed in one spot while I got off several shots.

While wishing that the skimmers weren’t in front of him, they blasted off and left me with a challenge – do I keep my focus on the GBH or do I try to take photos of the skimmers. I stuck with the heron and eventually all of the skimmers were gone. He then looked up into the sky and I’ll save that photo for a photo contest.

Taken with Canon 1DX Mark III and 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter mounted on skimmer ground pod with a Wimberley II gimbal head.

1/640 sec @ F11, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

8 responses

  1. Connie McNabb

    Absolutely spectacular!

    Connie McNabb DVM Photos For A Cause cc.phototx@gmail.com http://www.ccphototx.com 832 888 1007

    November 16, 2020 at 9:06 pm

  2. Gorgeous, Tim!

    November 16, 2020 at 9:38 pm

  3. Diane Spiecker

    What a beautiful photo and the title is superb to go with it…love your description of how you captured the photo…Before seeing the picture, I was trying to figure out what a “great blue sunrise” would look like!! Love it.

    November 17, 2020 at 8:20 am

  4. Thank you very much Connie! Now I find myself looking for this type of shot every time that I go out there.

    November 17, 2020 at 6:34 pm

  5. Thanks Donna! Always appreciated.

    November 17, 2020 at 6:35 pm

  6. Thank you very much Diane! Glad that you liked it.

    November 17, 2020 at 6:36 pm

  7. Sheldon

    Wonderful image Tim.

    November 29, 2020 at 8:52 am

  8. Thank you very much Sheldon!

    December 6, 2020 at 8:04 pm

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