Birds

The Three (Two Photographs)

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There are three things you can count on year round in our reserve, chipmunks, chickadees and canada geese. When all else fails they are subjects for photography. The geese look more noble on the water than their habits on land would suggest. Both the chipmunks and chickadees move so fast it’s often hard to get a good shot. All will accept handouts.


Grackle (Two Photographs)

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The colour photograph is here only for comparison, though some may prefer it. I did not see many grackles this summer, so when I saw one hidden behind some branches I had to give it a go. Most of the shots were marginal with the bird in soft focus, and they were all noisy. But I decided to try this on and I think it looks rather dramatic in black and white.


Baltimore Oriole (Three Photographs)

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My favourite of the Baltimore Orioles we saw this summer. He moved about then stayed for a time all in small area of the tree, so I was able to get quite a few shots. A wonderful sight in the field.


Fandango (Two Photographs)

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These two wood ducks did their little dance within moments of each other. Always a wonderful shot of ducks. When I see a wet duck firming up their body I know what is coming next, giving me those brief seconds to get my shots.


Great Blue Heron (Three Photographs)

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The third photograph here is the tip, it’s too complicated too much is going on. I had a boss early on who while reading some briefs told us to stick to as few subjects as possible, two max and three only if you wanted to confuse your audience. In photography it’s important that the viewer understands and knows the subject. In the first two shots we have the driftwood, an image in and of itself, and the heron. But the heron leads and while the wood is interesting its static, while the heron seems in motion. Things to bear in mind while shooting and processing.


Bird in Black and White (Two Photographs)

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After shooting black and white for a while you begin to see things that way. For the most part they are images where the contrast in tonality is a key part, as it is here. In other cases it’s the detail that will be more visible in monochrome because of the contrast. Both of these photographs are almost silhouettes.


A Sparrow (Two Photographs)

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I had two problems with these photographs, the left hand side was much too bright (I used the neutral density filter in Lightroom to fix that) and there was an annoying out of focus oblong object by the bird’s feet. For that I used blur gallery to extend the blurred area to cover up the problem, hopefully that worked and the focus is on this magnificent sparrow.