Birds, iPhone, Luminar, Photo a week Challenge, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

At the Water’s Edge

The images for this post were taken while I was out on my morning run. Run is a term I use loosely as I am not very fast and am known to stop if I see something that catches my eye. The image I stopped for at this point was one of the swans. I did take several photos of the swans, but standing there I felt the more interesting story was this man who had stopped to spend some time with them:

ISO 25 f/2.2 1/392sec 4.2mm

I took the photo and then moved on. Obviously, social distancing meant I wasn’t going to get too close to him but the real reason is that he seemed deep in his own moment and I didn’t want to disturb that.

This second image is a heron who was so still that I almost ran right up to him:

ISO 25 f/2.2 1/100sec 4.2mm

I couldn’t believe how close I got. I took several photos, slunk past him, then took several more including this one above.

Because I took these photos on the same morning run, just a few minutes apart, I decided to edit them in a similar way. Both have been cropped, and then had minor adjustments for clarity and exposure. The first image I also straightened a bit. I’ve then applied a custom Luminar Look that I had made as a preset. It fit as is perfectly on the first image, but required a bit of tweaking on the second one.

A version of the second photo I also posted to Instagram:

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The real reason I go on an early morning #run #heron #cambridge

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It’s fair to say that my run stats for this morning weren’t stellar. That happens sometimes. Your thoughts and comments on the images are welcome below. This post has been added toΒ A Photo A Week Challenge, Water.



22 thoughts on “At the Water’s Edge

  1. Wow. No wonder you get distracted on your run. Such beauty along the way! The instagram version looks ethereal (I wonder what the heron had its eye on). Yes, I agree, the man watching the swans completes that photo. πŸ™‚

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  2. In the moment – yes, I can picture myself standing there – I love inland waterways! Do you find the shutter sometimes startles people? And the heron… town birds, as I call them, allow one much closer!πŸ€”πŸ‘πŸ˜€


  3. I have these birds visit on my lake. But, I’ve never been able to capture them.
    They are very sensitive to sound of any kind no matter how small.
    GREAT photograph … jealous I haven’t been able to photograph one yet.
    Nicely done …
    Stay safe … Be healthy … Be Happy 😍
    Isadora 😎


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