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Known and Unknown (Four Photographs)

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In my view the best kinds of city photography are those where there is some mystery and intimate detail. It’s always nice to have people in your photos. In some places that can pose legal issues e.g. the province of Quebec whose privacy laws are quite strict. Even when it’s okay not everyone wants his or her picture taken. There are many challenges in photography and it’s a pity that the legal challenges are growing.

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A Cuddle and a Kiss (Eight Photographs)

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If you look at this series you will see why I took over 100 photos of these wood ducks in spite of the bad light. In Tuesday’s post I mentioned that photographers always want their photos to tell a story. Action photography where you have little time to adjust or check your results on the back screen poses a challenge in DSLRs. In this regard the what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) electronic viewfinders of mirror-less cameras are a boon and it’s one reason why many people are switching from DSLRs. None of the mirror-less cameras that I have tried to date completely replace DSLRs but they are coming close. These photos were taken with my DSLR which I am still using for nature photography.

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Stairs and Windows (Five Photographs)

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I was walking down this well-walked street of old mansions trying to get clear photos of the elements I was I interested in. I got a few odd looks; somehow I seemed more interesting than what I was shooting. People take things for granted. The reflections in the windows against the stark architecture looked like abstract paintings. At some point I may just focus on windows. These photos took more time than most to process, if only because there were many options on how to approach them. It took me some time to decide on how much detail, contrast, and the amount of color filtering to correct color casts.

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Who you looking at? (Three Photographs)

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Photographers like to tell stories with their photos, sometimes in more than one photo and often that story is a matter of interpretation. This is the case with animals where we ascribe intent to posture and expression. Male mallards such as this one are richly colored with curls on their hind feathers (last photo). I do not know who caught whose eye first but I know the mallard got bored before I did.

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Stairs and Steps (Four Photographs)

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Doors, windows, stairs and steps, all everyday things that involve some form of transition. All are interesting to photograph anywhere in the world; they have character, detail and texture. I am sure many people walk right by and never see them, they aren’t landmarks, but they are important elements of their neighborhoods and as cities evolve these elements are often what we lose. A note for WordPress readers: These photos are in portrait mode, a format that has always been an issue on the WordPress Reader. That said I will format my work as I think best.

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The Grackles’ Scowls (Four Photographs)

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I was going through my catalogue and these images of various grackles stood out. My tendency to anthropomorphize has not waned. Grackles are great birds to shoot, but their dark feathers are hard to expose for without blowing out the background. Most photographers would agree that any bird with character is worth shooting, the grackle is among those birds with an excess of character, but unfortunately not many scruples when it comes to other aspects of its life like plundering gardens.

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Natural Abstraction (Four Photographs)

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A few months back I did a series in color of ferns unfurling. I was very pleased with the results. However, I pulled back these four and they have been on my desktop ever since. I saw them as abstractions, more jewel than fern. I knew that this would lead to B&W treatment, but I still had to work to get the feel I wanted. Abstract art, abstract photography has its fans and its detractors. The name I have given this post, “natural abstractions”, is an intentional statement that means to leave no doubt that nature has had the largest part in the creation of these images.

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