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Heron Portraits (three photographs)

Heron PortraitsTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

My blog this year has had a large number of heron photographs. I thought it time to focus on portraits. Herons have long thin heads, so when they face you, depth of field is a challenge as is lighting. It was late in the year and the herons did not seem to mind how close I came.

Heron Portraits-3

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Path in Fall

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

I had some fun with this one and used the radial filter in Lightroom to define the path. As you can tell from the copyright date I am behind on posting photographs, which is fine with me; I like to take my time with editing. A week of postings takes me time to process and while I enjoy processing, I would prefer to be on the path taking the photograph.

Sleeping Ducks (two photographs)

Sleeping Ducks?-2To view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

I’ve read that birds tend to sleep with one eye open to warn them of prey. I often see birds with their eyes closed or the inner lid down, not terribly photogenic. I am sure these birds were at least half asleep and wary of danger, I just liked the shapes.

Sleeping Ducks?

Heron Reflection

Heron ReflectiomTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

Reflection can really put punch into a photograph. I prefer mine realistic but some prefer them to be true mirror images and sharpen the shadows. Herons get more comfortable with humans as the summer progresses and it’s possible to get within feet of them. I shot this in portrait mode because of how close I was. It is not the best format for the web as many websites like WordPress will format it as a landscape photograph but sometimes it cannot be helped.

Hanging in (Two photographs)

Hanging InTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

I keep getting asked how I take my macro photos, and I explain the basics. As well I always suggest getting as close as you can to those things you want to see close up (it does not have to be insects) with your existing camera gear and try photographing them. Anticipate where you want your subject to be in the frame etc. If the truth be told what most people call macro does not come close to being life-size or more, most of what is called macro is actually close-up photography (which describes my insect photography). Not that it matters much, except that calling it macro makes people assume they need a macro lens. Wide-angle lenses focus very close and give a spectacular perspective. I used a telephoto lens here – how close to an insect do you want to get? You should see how far you can go with what you have.

Hanging In-2

Lonely Goose (two photographs)

Lonely Goose-2 To view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

With common animals shot in every conceivable way, they are a lot like the Eiffel Tower of which some claim every possible photograph has already been taken. If anything that is the challenge, take a picture of something common and make something of it that is unique. I tried this one in black and white and color just for the sake of seeing where it would take me.

Lonely Goose

Forest Abstract (and my latest Gallery of Beetles)

Forest AbstractTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

It seems to me that photography gives you a new perspective on the world, not just that you begin to see the whole world in a frame, but that you begin to think about shape, color, impact, and objective. It focuses the mind to see details, to look a little longer, tarry over the ordinary. This is one of the reasons every so often I extract a detail or a piece of the whole to see if I can make what I see become an image, as opposed to something that caught my eye.

My latest gallery of Beetles can be seen here (click on the red): Beetles

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