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Great Blue Portrait by Fail-Avenger Great Blue Portrait by Fail-Avenger
This Great Blue Heron was concentrating on catching some dinner just before sunset.

F 8
Speed 1/80
ISO 400
Exposure Comp -.3
Length 400 mm
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Given 2014-01-05
Suggester said; "Incredible cadre! It is perfectly still, yet thanks to the awesome composition the curve of the neck makes it look very dynamic, you can feel how the bird is just about to snap at some prey. To top it all, an excellent portrait, its strong expression makes the feeling even stronger!"

Great Blue Portrait by *Fail-Avenger ( Suggested by lapis-lazuri and Featured by Anoya )
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pasteldegas Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
pretty
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Anoya Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014   Photographer
I've featured your work here: APN Daily Deviations - January 2014! Heart
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   Photographer
Thank you! <3 it's an honor to be there
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconcrazy-4-animals: Congratulations! This work has been included in our latest Friday Feature www.deviantart.com/journal/Fri…
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014   Photographer
Thank you for including it!
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
:w00t: Congratulations, this lovely piece has been featured here Animal Feature 14 at :iconanimal-portraits:

Keep up the great work  :)
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
You're most welcome :)
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:clap: Congrats on the DD!! :winner: :winner: You deserve it!! :hug:
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014   Photographer
:boogie: Thank you! It was so exciting /o/
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AndaluzjaZZA Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student Artist
Where did you find it? I have never seen Great Blue Heron :( ...
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014   Photographer
Apparently you guys have a similar one called a grey heron in poland. These blue herons are native to North America (and they're all over Florida, where I live.) Here's one place you can find them apparently.

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LaughButts Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a nice, long beak! 
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
I know! Fish beware, that beak's just about the best fishing spear around. :) thanks
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Namazufish Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
the expression on his face is like getting  real tired of your shit dennis. lol
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
lmfao well he does look kinda grumpy, eh? or maybe just super focused
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Vvlad-vVolfen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was obviously not succeeding it seems quite perturbed. :grump:
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
Hm...well, it had some competition. A little snowy egret was fishing right next to it, plus some humans on a dock nearby. It was probably just focusing in order to snatch up the best catch.
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Vvlad-vVolfen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or perhaps you did something to anger him so you could get a more emotive shot! :nuu:
Oooooo, wad you dooooo??!' :omg:
You took his fish and stomped it didn't you?!? :no:

Mother of God... :iconmotherofgod: ....Hang your head in shame...
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
<_<.......................





maybe I did. Either that, or he was pissed the fishermen weren't feeding him. (nah, haha I'd never badger my subjects like that)
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Vvlad-vVolfen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 :grump: <- this is me not believing you. You evil fish stomper type person!   

:D aaany-who. It's a great picture, I just love how perturbed he looks. :D
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Werika Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing composition, great shot :)
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
:) thanks, glad you like it!
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot and lovely framing
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
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DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Artist
Epicness
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
Great blues are pretty amazing. Thanks!
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DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014   Artist
You're very welcome ^^ I really LOVE herons
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014   Photographer
I know! They're awesome aren't they? :)
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DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014   Artist
They SURE ARE !!!!
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pocks Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW
this pic is AMAZING!
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
Thank you! :D happy you like it
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful shot of this stunning bird! Congrats on the DD!
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
Thank you! I always wanted to do a portrait shot of a great blue. They're so intense, but until I got this new lens I couldn't pull up quite close enough to pull it off.
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :party:
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
Thanks so much! I'm excited for sure :D
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! :heart:
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Artist
great image!!
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!!
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Artist
Welcome!!!
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! :-) Very interesting and beautiful work! Congratulations! :love:
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
I'm happy that people get to see my work :D :D thank you so much, glad you enjoyed the picture!
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Princessvegata Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I never seen a heron from this near! Grey herons use to stand somtimes very near to roads outside the cities in where I live, but I can always only catch a quick sight when I am drinving by.
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
I'm lucky to live in an area surrounded by forests and nature preserves. Some (like the one near the beach) have fishing docks, so you get birds and humans interacting in a comfortable way. This blue heron was 'fishing' right next to the dock along with a snowy egret. So I got an amazing vantage point from the dock itself. :)
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
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:heart: Congrats on the Daily Deviation! :tighthug:  
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   Photographer
<3 Thank you! I was so excited to receive one.
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Mommynightskye Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014   Photographer
Such an intense expression! Great shot! :)
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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014   Photographer
Always wanted to do this kind of closeup on a great blue :D thanks!
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harlia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome shot

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Fail-Avenger Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
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Camera Data

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SONY
Model
SLT-A35
Shutter Speed
1/80 second
Aperture
F/8.0
Focal Length
400 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Dec 31, 2013, 4:44:25 PM
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.0 Windows
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