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“I took this photo handheld while kayaking at Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve near Fredericksburg, Virginia,” explains Partin. “It was a somewhat dark and gloomy October morning, but the autumn leaves seemed to pop. I paddled slowly and quietly until the heron was framed in a pleasing way.”
Nikon D810, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6. Exposure: 1/1000 sec., f/5.6, ISO 800.