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Dragonfly and some Ideas on Processing (Two Photographs)

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You will note in the colour shot the dark background and lighter subject. I did this by selecting the subject and adjusting the brightness, this did not include the background seen through the wings, creating an interesting effect. In the black and white processing I added a red filter, played with the white balance and added contrast.

Not Underwater (Two Photographs)

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When I looked at these photographs after I took them, my impression was of an underwater scene. I had been using the highlight protected spot feature on my Nikon and it had aggressively dampened any highlights. Add to that a slight colour caste and what you get are eerily moody photos.

Great Blue Heron Cooling Off (two Photographs)

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We had a prolonged heat wave with a lot of humidity. In the midst of that hot weather I captured this Great Blue Heron cooling off by holding out its wings. I was not thrilled with the colour version’s background, but it worked out quite nicely in black and white.

Hat in the Air (Two Photographs)

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Shooting indoors without flash often means lower shutter speeds and more shadows. However, I was surprised at how much dark shadow I could remove to get detail in the top hat, another reason I like my Fuji XT-3.

Point of View – Wood Ducks (Two Photographs)

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I like face on photographs of animals, I find them engaging. Two things I have learned: 1. the degree to which the background is out of focus matters; and 2. sometimes the light will mirror split lighting in studios portraits with more light on one side than the other. There are always choices to be made in photography even in the simplest of shots.

Vintage (Two Photographs)

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There are many ways to age a photograph, and certainly a lot of presets to do that. Here, however, I took the colour picture and working with contrast, detail enhancement and white balance succeeded in getting a vintage, near grunge effect that I liked in black and white.

Sparrow in Flight (Three Photographs)

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The one thing you don’t expect when shooting birds is that they fly at you. Acrobatics in the air are nothing new. However, I was amazed when after taking some shots the bird flew off to my side, turned and just missed my ear as it went on its way. There might be a message there.

 

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