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Framing (Two Photographs)

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I was walking around this lake looking for an angle, when It occurred to me that the best way to show off the perspective was framing, making sure that some of the foliage framed the other side of the lake. While the first shot is a “full frame” the second while not as full does pretty much the same. I have fiddled with the shadows to increase the dynamic range (lightening the foreground). It might be a good time to use HDR but I felt the technique above worked just as well.

Yellow Warbler (Three Photographs)

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A warbler from the nature reserve I mentioned yesterday. I wonder how birds and other animals do in the severe and sudden storms. These yellow warblers are not patient birds, they move quite a bit. Moreover they have very black eyes, it’s a gift if any light is reflected (I brightened the eyes in the last two). And of course they don’t like being caught out in the open.

A Terrible Storm (Two Photographs)

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At the end of September we had a short but violent storm, a huge down draft hit dead centre on the nature reserve I frequent most and from where the majority of the photos on this blog have originated. It has now been declared off-limits for the foreseeable future for safety reasons. It is an International Birding Area (IBA) with a wealth of animals and flora, there is a school nearby whose curriculum is focused on nature and uses the reserve for class. This is not to downplay the destruction and misery of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, but I suspect that climate change is to blame for these dangerous and destructive events. These bee photos are some of the last ones I took before the storm.

Window Reflections (Three Photographs)

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In my meanderings about town this summer and fall I have found a few unique window reflections that struck me as fine modern art. Oddities, including reflections are favourite subjects of mine. Until the snow gets too deep, I’ll keep walking. 

No Special Effects (Two Photographs)

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This solitary Great Blue Heron and the lighting just worked. While I prefer the colour version, the black and white does tend to highlight the bird in a different way.

Special Effects (Three Photographs)

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My objective here was to create two black and white landscapes with a slight etched-like look. Technical details: I intensified the colors and contrast using neutral density filters in Lightroom (reducing the exposure and/or opening up shadows), before taking these into my black and white software (Tonality CK) where I emphasized the greens and added a little glow. The original overblown color version of one is included.

 

The Duck Smiled (Three Photographs)

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We ascribe human feelings and expressions to animals (anthropomorphism). It comes naturally and sometimes subconsciously, even when we know better. For a photographer this is great news. In the example of this duck it might just give these photos the bang they need. On a technical note, I have been increasingly using spot metering on my cameras and it’s working out very well. The light meter settings on modern cameras are often ignored but are worth experimenting with.

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