Editor's Pick at Naturescapes.Net for "Hope Remains"

What a great couple of weeks! I've been out shooting often in this lovely summer weather, and have been quite happy with the results. I am honored to announce that another one of my new images, "Hope Remains" has won Editor's Pick over at Naturescapes.Net. Cool! The image is of an adult Great Blue Heron fishing in the immense rapids of Great Falls National Park, Virginia. This area is close to my home, and one of my favorite locations to photograph at. There is definitely something to be said to visiting a location over and over again in order to learn every little detail about it. Thanks to my familiarity, I knew that there was a Great Blue Heron rookery up the river from the falls, and that both adults and youngsters would be fishing in large numbers during a 1.5 month span in the middle of summer. Making multiple trips to Great Falls during that time allowed me to find these herons in some really interesting locations. Using my 70-200 f/4 lens, I chose to shoot this image rather wide and at a relatively slow shutter speed to incorporate the beautiful flowing water around the heron.

"Hope Remains" - Great Blue Heron fishing in Great Falls National Park, Virginia, United States.

Technical Spectacles: Canon 50D, Canon 70-200 f/4 @ 145mm, ISO 200, f/11, 2 seconds. Gitzo 1325 tripod.