Photography tip – How to shoot a heron

In northeast Indiana, there are boatloads of Great Blue Herons, as well as Greens, Great Egrets and others.  The problem is getting anywhere near them.  In California, you can practically walk right up to them:

Great Blue Heron at Bolsa Chica, California

Great Blue Heron at Bolsa Chica, California

Great Egret - Bolsa Chica, California

Great Egret also at Bolsa Chica, California

But, in the Hoosier state it’s not so easy.  The thing to do around here is to make the best of the habitat they are in:

Great Blue Heron at Eagle Marsh, Indiana

Great Blue Heron at Eagle Marsh, Indiana

Great Blue Heron at Merry Lea Environmental Center, Indiana

Great Blue Heron at Merry Lea Environmental Center, Indiana

Of course, given the opportunity, go to California:

Great Blue Heron at Bolsa Chica, California

Great Blue Heron at Bolsa Chica, California

My preferred technique for getting closer to a heron, and other large birds, is to crouch down and slowly walk backwards a little bit at a time.  When you need to stop and figure out where you are, set the camera down (on it’s tripod of course), then turn around and keep your face behind the camera and look through the viewfinder.  Never let them see your face!  From there, you can compose and take a couple of shots.  Then figure out where you’re going next, turn around, pick up your camera and walk backwards again till you get to the next spot and do it again.  That’s all there is to it!

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2 Responses to Photography tip – How to shoot a heron

  1. Jennifer says:

    That’s a good tip Paul! You are such a pro. 🙂

  2. Kinda funny getting that Great Blue Heron at Bolsa Chica. Mine was at Boca Chica, Texas

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