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Wood Ducks (Three Photographs)

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Here you see the impact of spring colours on photos. These wood ducks are swimming into where the water caught the reflection of the foliage and gave the ducks themselves a bit of a rosy colouring. The male looks like he running from something while the female ducks are ever curious.

A Bee and Some Comments on Hardware

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This bee is really hard at work. These were taken handheld with the D500 and the 200-500mm lens at ISO 1600 and 1/500th of a second (at F8). I did use noise reduction software, but at its lightest setting. Just amazing lens technology and it is becoming increasingly accessible. I doubt I could do this with a heavier and more costly full frame camera, though I’ll try if someone will lend me the gear 🙂 With all the marketing hype it’s hard to shop around and get just what you want. Trust people and sources with nothing to lose or gain.

A Young Female Merganser (Three Photographs)

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This little duck caught my eye, it was at the extreme end of my lensability to resolve, but as usual with the Nikon 200-500 it came through. To make a lens this good, this lightweight and relatively inexpensive,  is a tribute to Nikon. Shortly after these photos were taken the lens locked between 400-500, and was clearly in bad shape. I sent it in to be repaired, it was under warranty and I had it back fully operational in two weeks also a credit to Nikon. Wear and tear is life and you have to expect camera glitches now and again.

The Narrows (Two Photographs)

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I came across these two spaces on my walks about town, I cannot imagine why someone would go to the trouble of painting this in this kind of location but I am glad they did. Dark colour-less passages are the last thing this city needs.WordPress Reader does not seem to appreciate that photographs come in many different formats, not least of which is Portrait. It seems to have a penchant for landscape photography, strange but true. If you have trouble viewing these please go to my website.

The Dance (Three Photographs)

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In fall, as the weather gets cooler Ducks who go under water do this wild dance to shake off the water. It makes for dramatic shots. Catching the ducks at just the right moment is part of the game. Just because they have dived or dunked you cannot expect them to do it every time. Some days I will stand waiting and miss every opportunity. But over a week I was able to get a few series of this activity in different light, so expect to see more.

Seasons (Two Photographs)

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I would hope I am not alone in preferring summer to all the other seasons, but as a photographer, spring and fall bring their own palates and opportunities. I don’t publish in “real-time” so many of my seasonal photos come out in the wrong season. I think that makes the experience of the photographs slightly different. If it’s raining outside and we are looking at a photo of rain that’s one thing, but if it’s sunny outside and we look at a photo of rain we may well have a very different perspective on the work.  These photos were taken with the XT-2 and the 90mm lens.

Sparrow (Two Photographs)

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Sparrows are fun to shoot, though tough. Waiting for them to settle down requires patience. In processing there are distracting branches that need removal, colour-casts, or some other fluke of lighting. In this case some work was required on the background. The light was perfect.

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