This photograph was taken at Bunlin Bay Co. Donegal by photo-i reader Colin. He used a Canon 20D with a 24-105 L IS lens. The Heron was taken a short time earlier at a similar location cut out and inserted to the picture to add some foreground interest. The photo is actually a panorama of four upright pictures and joined together in Photoshop CS4. Hope this is of interest to other readers.
This is a superb shot by Colin, using the Tiffen Filter set I have added a Polarizing filter to bring out the blue in the sky. The heron adds a nice touch to the overall picture, although I didn’t notice it at first, . There are many things happening all around us and often we miss them because we are looking at the bigger picture. Colin could have waited for a month of Sundays before a heron or other creature walked into the picture, fortunately Photoshop or PaintShop Pro gives us the option to add or remove anything to an image. There is nothing wrong with that, afterall I am sure Constable painted a few more trees in his landscape paintings.
Colin has also used a technique of stitching together four upright shots, this is a technique that I have been using for years. The temptation is always to shoot horizontally and then stitch. By shooting upright you can use a slightly longer focal length lens which will eliminate some of the wide angle lens distortions .
A great shot Colin, thanks for sharing. Leave your comments below or on our forum Bunlin Bay
I have added Colin’s original submission below.