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Ladybugs (Two Photographs)

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These were taken in the city in the garden of the Museum of Natural History. They were taken without my usual use of flash. Earlier I visited a reserve where I would expect to see a lot of insects and found very few and fewer still that were photogenic. I ascribe this to the weird weather we are having, too much rain and humidity.

Windshield Reflections (Three Photographs)

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One thing I discovered during a recent car show were the reflections in the car windshields. Interesting abstractions and distortions, that time and opportunity permitting I will try again.

Portrait Shots of Damselflies (Two Photographs)

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That Damselflies often turn their back on you is not an affront but a necessity of survival. They turn their back to the sun exposing most of their body to absorb the heat they need (approx. above 15 c.) for sustenance. If you want a damselfly portrait bear this in mind as well as the fact that their liquid filled eyes are difficult to focus on. Choose something close by, or just behind their heads for a focal point.

 

Juxtaposition (Two Photographs)

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Juxtaposition can sometimes be all you need to tell as story; it’s a form of contrast. Here we have an old Totem Pole on an island in the Ottawa River and in the background Government Buildings in Gatineau, Quebec. It certainly says more than some of the temporary exhibits on the history of Canada installed for Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

Dragonfly (Two Photographs)

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This dragonfly more than others reminded me of a fairy (pixie) its damaged wings did not seem to be impeding its ability to fly. Its curiosity about its spectators of which I was one, made it a delight to see.

Modernist Pueblo Style (Two Photographs)

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I have taken a number of urban walks looking for interesting subjects and then thinking about the processing. There are several famous black and white photos of the South Western Pueblos (native communities). Given the age of those photos I doubt one could find a film to replicate the feel. But as I was taking these photographs it struck me that I might be able to duplicate that effect by tweaking the contrast and detail.

A Yellow Rump and MacPhun Luminar (Two Photos)

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It’s not a secret I am a fan of Macphun’s software, and it is now becoming available for PC with the release of Luminar. In my view it’s not yet a replacement yet for Lightroom or Photoshop, but it does have some great filters. Here I used the Accent AI filter (AI for artificial intelligence) and the image enhancer preset. Macphun’s implementation of presets, easily adjusted and edited, is one of things that made me a fan. This software opens opportunities for me to try new things. As for the Yellow Rump, they are common at the end of spring and again in the early fall, nice subjects.

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