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Great Blue Heron (Two Photographs)

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It isn’t difficult to take a good picture of such a majestic bird; great lighting and interesting surroundings don’t hurt either. Spot metering is a plus. Most of the time these birds are sufficiently far from the shore that a long lens is required and the resulting compression of the scene can lead to excellent backgrounds.

Tulips (Three Photographs)

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It is not difficult to find tulips in interesting light, sometimes harsh, sometimes soft. It’s the contrast and backgrounds that made me decide to do them in black and white.  My photography has increasingly turned to black and white as it provides a different perspective on my subjects.

Milkweed Bugs (Two Photographs)

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From mid to late summer it is not hard to find milkweed bugs. Often you will see them in pairs. Getting close is no problem and I have never seen them stop moving regardless of what they were doing.

Grackle (Two Photographs)

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Grackles can have a mad look about them with their piercing yellow eyes and contortions, often by the water’s edge. This one did a bit of a pirouette.Their colouring is quite dramatic too. They are also considered by many gardeners to be a pest.

A Little Pepper (Two Photographs)

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This was a test of two things that generally apply in photography: hard light versus soft light and post-processing reduction of specular highlights. The shadows show the difference in hard versus soft light, and I think most would prefer softer lighting. Specular highlights are areas where the bright light almost obliterates the subject and leaves a white spot. While healing tools can fix this, to keep things natural I have kept the range of tonality.

Rabbit (Two Photographs)

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I came across this rabbit on a path in the park. It was probably an abandoned pet. Obviously young and unaware of the danger of other animals it pretty much ignored me. I had to wait until its foraging moved it into the bush to continue along the path without disturbing it.

Tree Stumps in Water (Two Photographs)

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A great subject for photos with contrast are things in water like tree stumps. The color of water, and interesting detritus all help build a photo. When I do this kind of photography I like to have more than one element and some abstraction, something that looks different usually the background.

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