I went back to Hoover Reservoir Park to try and get a better shot of the dam’s geyser. Instead I got a shot of a Blue Heron standing resolutely at the base of the sprillway waterfall.
He was so steady that I could take ~1 second long exposures of the water and still have him in focus. An aperture of f/8 would have produced a slightly sharper image, but I set the aperture to f/22 to get the long exposure. I didn’t know how long he’d stand there and didn’t want to risk taking the time to stop up, dig an ND filter out of my bag and attach it.
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This is a wider shot showing his proximity to the waterfall.
This is another shot I liked. The white balance is a little cooler (about 4200 vs 5000 in the shots above) and his stance is a bit stronger and the shutter speed is cut in half so there’s a bit more movement detail in the water.
This is the long exposure spillway geyser shot I got last week from the top of the dam. I’ll go back again to try and find a better composition.