Great Egret, Huntington Beach State Park

I may have commented before how easy it is to set an increasingly high standard in photography, especially of birds. The slippery slope seems to have these stages:

  • Being thrilled with a shot in which a bird can be identified
  • Hoping for a sharp, properly exposed shot
  • Being unsatisfied with anything less than a sharp, properly exposed, bird-in-action shot

Every once in a while, it does all come together. Just not very often . . .

Head and curving neck of great egret with fish in beak


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4 Responses to Great Egret, Huntington Beach State Park

  1. Perfection, which may express the bird’s self-reflection in this choice moment.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – Thank you. He/she was just fishing relentlessly. There was no gap between swallowing each catch and watching for the next one. I wonder if they eat as long as there’s light.

  2. John Whitman says:

    My easy solution – take the shot and hope for the best. Maybe that equates to no standard at all, or maybe it is why I prefer taking pictures of landscapes.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      John – Gordon Sullivan, US Army Gen (ret’d) titled his book, “Hope is not a method.” I think of that sometimes when I just take the shot, in photography as in other pursuits. But in defence of hobbies (among other more serious thoughts), G.K. Chesterton said, “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” So we are both excused our poor results (when poor they be) as long as we are doing things we love.

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