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Great Egret Reflected

I made this image with the rental Nikon 200-500mm VR lens the morning after I rented it.

I saw this Great Egret out in the pond within the range of the lens so I walked out to the edge of the pond to photograph it. I initially set up in landscape orientation then I zoomed out to 500mm, and only had its head and half its neck in the frame! “Oh no, that won’t do!” I thought. I switched to portrait orientation, which fit the whole Egret in the frame, but only half the reflection, and I wanted to get the reflection because it was very clear, and the blue sky and water were gorgeous on this morning.  Next I started pulling my zoom in…400mm, nope, 300mm, nope, 200mm, not quite. I had to back up to get the whole reflection in, and stay at 200mm.  This image isn’t cropped at all.  So, began my learning curve with this lens.

After that week-end I liked the lens so well I bought one,  and have been using it a lot.  I’m on the down side of the learning curve now. 🙂

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 200-500mm VR hired unit| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital film| PS CC 2015

More to come…



  1. Lovely!

  2. Wow I love the reflection, lovely

  3. Great Great Egret image. I love the simplicity.

    “In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.” – Antoine de Sainte Exupery, (Wind, Sand and Stars)

    • Thank you so much Robert for the comment, and the quote! I love the quote, and the fact that you think it fits my image. 🙂

  4. Nice lens! And what an awesome reflection capture, the colors and softness are gorgeous, Deborah! 🙂

    • Thanks Donna! I’m really happy with it, and having a lot of fun using it. However, it’s too darn short sometimes! 🙂

      • Can you add a teleconverter to it? I have a Nikkor 70-200mm and add 1.7x teleconverter. I also have a Nikkor 120-300mm but it’s not the quality to the 70-200mm. I want a longer lens so bad! Can you imagine what we could do with an 800mm ?!! 😉

        • You can add the 14E and retain AF, if you use the 17E or 20E one loses AF.

          Here’s what Nikon says;
          “**Compatible with TC-14E series teleconverters (AF is only available when used with DSLR cameras that offer f/8 support. These include: D4, D4S, Df, D600, D610, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D7100, D7200). Compatible with TC-17E and TC-20E series teleconverters (AF not possible)”

          Unfortunately, my 14E isn’t working and I keep forgetting to send it in, so haven’t tried it. My Tamron 1.4x TC might work on it, but I haven’t tried it either.

          • Thanks for the info! I’m saving for a longer lens, it’s going to be a while. lol So I do enjoy using my teleconverter to get that extra reach. 🙂

  5. Beautiful shot and reflection Deborah, That lens is working well for you.

  6. a beauty!!

  7. amazing and mesmerizing

  8. BEAUTIful SHOT! ❤

  9. I like that the reflection has the tiny ripples in it.

  10. Wow, Deborah. I love birds, I love water, I love reflections. What more can I say – great photo!

  11. Fabulous shot, well done!

  12. WOWZA! What an AMAZING photo!!! LoVe it! 💙💜❤️

  13. Wow that’s a beautiful shot! I hope I can get that good with my camera 😁 I’m just learning the basics of it for now..

    • Thank you so much! You’ll get there just shoot a lot and in no time it will be second nature. From what I’ve seen you have a great eye for composition and “seeing” the shot, so it’s just getting used to your camera and lens(es).

  14. Beautiful as always Deborah!

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