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a heron standing in a river in Yokohama, Japan
October 2, 2015


In Yokohama, Japan, a white heron stands resolute against a rush of river water. Your Shot community member Arthur Matsuo noticed the unwavering waterfowl while exploring his new neighborhood. “In one of those explorations,” he writes, “walking along the border of a small river that runs across the area, I saw the heron standing still in the middle of the shallow but turbulent waters. Observing that the bird remained immobile, I pointed the camera [at] it and used a slow shutter speed to highlight the contrast between the motionless heron and the chaotic movement of the water. It is really amazing how many interesting and beautiful scenes we can find just around our homes.”

Matsuo’s shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen.

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Photograph by Arthur Matsuo, National Geographic Your Shot
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