This morning on Facebook, my good buddy Scott Bourne shared the image above with the following comment:
Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) in breeding plumage - rookery at the Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, FL - Shot with Get Olympus OM EM1 MK II - Olympus 300 f/4 Pro Lens - ISO 800 - 1/400 - f/4 - handheld.
Processed in Skylum Software Luminar 2018.
A simple portrait but of a stunning male in breeding plumage.
I'm not sure today's post is about photography, birds, the fun of social media or just a great friendship.
Scott and I met back in my Hasselblad days, but the friendship we have today kicked off in 2009 with the first Skip's Summer School. He's helped me on a variety of different projects, including SCU.
We wrote GoingPro together, which is still the very best book out there on starting a business in photography. We did at least seventy-five podcasts together with the GoingPro series, and the list goes on and on.
He's always worn a variety of hats as an educator, artist, social media guru and today, President of Skylum and a spokesman for Olympus. (If you were at WPPI, Skylum was one of the few booths constantly busy, typically three to four people deep.)
Through all of my buddy's adventures over the years, his love for wildlife has never slowed down. If you've ever read his artist's statement, he's a spokesman for the animals, who don't have a voice of their own.
He's teaching and speaking in St. Augustine, and one of the fun things, when he's on the road, is the images he shares. And here's where social media jumps into the conversation...
I caught his image of the Cattle Egret above at 7:00 this morning. Found him online through an IM on Facebook and asked for a few more images to share. Both our days were just getting started, and thanks to FB we caught up with each other, and I've got more images to share with you today.
Regardless of your photographic specialty, Scott needs to be on your radar, because you'll learn a lot just looking at his images and reading whatever he's sharing. Check out his FB page for more great images and a never-ending flow of mini-lessons in photography!
What a kick when he's traveling and sharing images!
Posted yesterday, Scott wrote about the shot above:
Great egret (Ardea alba) photographed at the rookery at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL - Get Olympus OMD EM1 MK II - Olympus 300 f/4 Pro Lens - ISO 800 - 1/2000 - f/4 - hand held.
Sometimes I just think a photo looks better in B&W and this is one of those cases. The breeding plumage is beautiful and so much so that these birds nearly went extinct in the 1930s because their feathers were used to make ladies hats!
Converted to B&W in Skylum Software Luminar 2018.
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