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Red Admiral Butterfly (and a word about saturation)

Red AdmiralTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

I had an exchange a few weeks ago on saturated backgrounds resulting from narrow depths of field. I am not sure that there is a scientific relationship between narrow depth of field and saturation, I believe there is a heightened sense of the background with a narrow depth of field and I am further convinced that the narrow depth of field and large aperture to get it encourages a bit of under exposure that results in saturation of primary colors. Try under-exposing with exposure compensation and you will more than likely see this. I used to shoot Kodak film rated at ISO 160 at 200 ISO so that when it was processed at 160 I got more realistic blues. The science helps you understand what is happening but it’s not necessary, it’s experimentation that takes you from understanding to doing.

Wig On a Sunny Day

Wig on a Sunny DayTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

I have posted some street portraits I took on Canada Day, at one a week I have a few more to go. I chose to do them in Black and White because the garish colors distracted from the subject, in color the bright red and white wig becomes the focus of the shot and not the face or the reflections in the glass. So with this picture I learned another lesson, Black and White can help focus attention on your intended subject and remove distractions.

The Weekly Heron

The Weekly HeronTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

I get a lot of opportunity to photograph these birds and they never fail to amaze me. I have shot them hunting, preening, posing, flying etc. I have yet to find a nest but there is always next year. In spite of their large size it is possible to walk right by these virtually silent birds. I often have to point out what I am shooting to some curious person. Many seem embarrassed that they missed one right in front of them but that’s the point, the heron, is a silent stalker.

The One That Got Away (Three Photographs)

The One That Got AwayTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

This rather colorful stinkbug was singularly unhelpful. It was wandering all over the place never giving me the opportunity for fine adjustment. That said its unusual coloring and texture were interesting enough for me. When I first began taking photographs of insects, I got more shots of them moving away than coming towards me. I suspect I am not alone, it takes some effort to get things just the way you want them.

The One That Got Away-3

The One That Got Away-2

Slightly Fussed

Slightly FussedTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

Last year we had a variety of birds to photograph, this year the pickings were slim. That said the Herons were plentiful. The large size of these birds makes them somewhat simpler to shoot and their posturing make them irresistible. Contrary to my normal practice of making best use of web space this photograph was shot in portrait format to capture the shadow.

 

Dragonfly Amour Encore

Dragonfly Amour encoreTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

Except for the errant branch this shot is tight and sharp. It is so hard to find these creatures side on and resting that I can put up with the branch. Normally you just look at a couple and they fly off in tandem. They seem to have boundless energy and its pointless to follow them.

Face in the Crowd

Face in the CrowdTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

Over the past weeks I have put up some street photography all taken on the same day, in crowds, with a 105mm lens. The 105mm is great for portraits and on the street it gives you some room and is less confrontational than the traditional 35mm. I know at least one famous photographer who uses a 70-300 f4-5.6 lens for just this reason. It gets you close to your subject while enabling you to move around and find an appealing angle.

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