Animals

Cat (Two Photographs)

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I was on a walk about when I saw this cat. You will see the edited colour photo from which I made the back and white conversion with Skylum’s Tonality Pro. I used the black and white treatment to accentuate, by changing the white balance, and using contrast and other tools, a look that reflected how I had imagined the scene.


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.


Young Animals (Two Photographs)

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Young animals are naive and tend to get too close to humans. They don’t see the potential threat. I heard recently about young kids throwing rocks at an owl and I have seen people using BB guns on ducks (we scared those folk off). These photos taken from a distance are of a young beaver and a young muskrat that I stumbled on. They did not seem rattled when they saw me, but I took my shots and quietly walked away.


Grey Squirrel (Two Photographs)

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One possible challenge with animals are colour casts, where one colour dominates usually because it is filtered through leaves. If it’s just a minor part of the photo a hue saturation adjustment and masking can help. For larger problems software like Luminar have tools to solve it. Uncorrected it will also affect your Black and White images of the same photograph. Colour casts are frequent and seriously affect image quality,


Red Squirrel (Two Photographs)h

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You can see the sunflower seed in its paws if you look close. Taken in the middle of the rush to hide food for the winter this squirrel was hanging around hoping for more hand- outs. These are the kind of circumstances where you can get close to animals, but it would be unfair to linger and I spent just a little over a minute with this squirrel.


Squirrel (Two Photographs)

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This began with an error, the squirrel was badly backlit. The Nikon D500 is somewhat flexible when it comes to ISOs and what can be pulled out from the shadows (the technical term is ISO invariance). So I had high hopes this would work out and it has, specifically in the Black and White.


Frog (Two Photographs)

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Much like the turtle I posted on Monday, the use of the sun ray filter from Luminar gives the frog a bit of dignity. I kept the colour version in case anyone thought that this week I lost my grounding in natural photographs of nature etc.