Its All About The Light

Its All About The Light…

I’m recovering from heart surgery so I was doing some file surfing tonight passing time and came across this old image taken in Minnesota some five years ago. I’ve always enjoyed this sequence of this Great Blue Heron fishing this small stream. Tonight the creative light went on when I saw this specific image file so I grasped the moment and came up with this predawn interpretation.

I love early morning light and the mood that it creates, still waters with dark shadows with highlighted reflections. I can still hear the sounds of woodland creatures start to awaken, a deer is just upstream grazing in the tall grasses, song birds calling in the distance. The heron moves ever so slowly not making a ripple, stalking its prey beneath the mirrored waters surface. I sat ever so quiet on this walking bridge and watched him for some time, it was so peaceful and tranquil. Now that’s an incredible way to start a day.

This image was processed in Lightroom 5.6 with just a slight contrast adjustment, a vignette added by using the radial tool, contrast in the grasses using an inverted radial tool, and details added to the Heron by brush. A slight global sharpening was added at the end. The dark glow and frame was added in Perfect Effects 8.   

A comprehensive detailed overview of the precessing techniques used to produce this image is available at my new blog “The Academy Of Fine Art Photography

Heron Fishing

Heron Fishing


I told you there were deer in the deep grass.

Serendipitously I caught both the deer and heron in the same shot.

Serendipitously I caught both the deer and heron in the same shot.

Insights to Joe Kerr and his photography.

Thank you for stopping by my name is Joe Kerr or Joker as most of my friends and family call me. I’ve been involved in photography for most of my short life of 62 years. Its just in the past decade that my photography transitioned from a hobby to a full time preoccupation.  I’m not going to post here my VC you can check my Link-in page for that.

This site was initiated to share some of my experiences that I’m so privileged to see on an daily bases at Pixels here in Winnipeg. The photographers and people that I’ve meet on a day to day and the stories I’ve heard are astounding. Some of their images have been equally inspiring. I’ll also plan to share some of my insights into processing and printing which has consumed most of my life over the past 10 years.

I hope you’ll find this insightful, fun and maybe even learn something along the way.

Thanks for stopping by, lets begin…


A study of compositions.