I’ve spending time every afternoon lately going through my archives. I have a lot of images in Adobe Lightroom that are sitting in a miscellaneous collection gathering dust. I kept putting stuff I wasn’t sure what to do with in a Quick Collection, which is supposed to be a temporary storage place. I got up to close 500 images in there, and I figured I need to clear this out so I can use that space for other things.
And in doing this I am coming across some cool images. This Great Egret is a common bird in my area of South Florida. We even have them in my backyard at times. This one I captured at the lake up the street from my home. I had my Canon G12 with me, which is a very fun point and shoot/bridge camera to play with. It shoots in RAW mode as well as JPG and has the ability to shoot in a lot of different exposure modes like my DSLR.
I didn’t crop this at all. I just used the 5x zoom on the G12 and carefully crept up to the bird. This one is pretty used to humans, it’s walked up to me at a distance of 4-5 feet at times. I processed this image with Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro to add more contrast and detail to the feather areas.