A Great Blue Heron takes to the skies near Newcastle Island. Canon EOS 7D EF 70-300mm at 100mm f/5 1/2000 ISO 100 -1ev
The heron stretches out its wings, slowly at first into that rushing of air and it lifts-leaps off the rock and into the air. It’s neck drops into that familiar curve as it reaches for the skies and I am shown the perfect grace of an animal in its element.
I had spent most of an afternoon following a Great Blue Heron around Newcastle Island. And the bird finally took flight and headed off into the distance. The afternoon skies had darkened and the bird and the exposure that I needed to freeze the motion of the bird’s wings almost left the bird in silhouette. I liked the way that the underside of the tips of the wings have gone almost to full black. There is almost a sense of saying goodbye, of a sad parting in the muted colour cast and content of the image.