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A Staircase and its Shadows

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Everybody and everything has a shadow, real or imagined.


Flowers

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A Photoshop HDR post processed in Neo. I am a fan of Photoshop’s HDR. I have tried a few others and always come back to PS. The processing of an HDR photo is always a challenge. Especially trying to avoid going incandescent, and here Neo also helped me pull back where needed (e.g. the sky). I like Neo as an add-on. Anyone wanting to spend some money on trying some different editing tools might find Neo fun and useful.


Monarch Butterfly (Two Photographs)

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All butterflies must rest and refresh, this one against a nice background.


Bee

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Charging along to get to work before Winter comes.


King

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If you were king, wouldn’t you try to keep up pretences at the palace?


Robin

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Having a snack on a trash can.


Starling

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A contemplative stance that impressed me. It could be my imagination but I would guess it’s looking for worms.


Imposing

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This flower was large and imposing, I wanted to get a sense of that in my composition. 


Wall No.3

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I think this is a very clever element to add to an otherwise boring bit of brutal cement. In my treatment I have brought out the design a bit more than is visible on the average day.


Focus

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Depth of field permits us to choose what we want to be in focus. It’s a judgement call. The decision is also part of every photographer’s style.


Texture

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Here I have mixed a smooth surfaced object with a textured background. Depending on the shooting angle, backgrounds can be a little challenging and need special attention.


Immediate

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When someone puts their face too close to your there is an element of threat about it. It is precisely for that reason that some argue face on flower photos lack sensitivity. I prefer the term immediacy to characterize those flower shots.


Mourning Dove

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I’m sure its not the camera that has her attention, but the photographer anxious to get a good shot.


Mayfly

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Delicate, small, vulnerable, hiding during its very brief period above water.


Squirrel

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Anthropomorphism, where we ascribe human traits to animals, especially expressions, is common and something a photographer can leverage. Looks of surprise never hurt.


Black-Crowned Night Herons (Two Photographs)


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The grey bird was my first and only female black-crowned night heron. The second photo is of a far more familiar male heron (the white plume indicates mating season). The male looks a little like a penguin.


A Berry Thief (Three Photographs)

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This cardinal did everything to make me think he was illicitly munching on someone else’s berries. In late summer the cardinals feast on the berries and it provides a good opportunity to shoot the birds after they moult and display their fresh new colours.

I am in my ninth year of posting every day. I am hoping to make it to ten years, but with a whole series of things going on like the pandemic I may lack the content for this blog. I have decided therefore to focus on some indoor photography projects. Hopefully I will still be  posting everyday but it is not certain.


Metallic Bee (Two Photographs)

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Wild bees, like this metallic bee, are dying out as are other pollinators. This could have huge ramifications for our food supply if this continues. In this photo you will see I began with a rough colour version, both noisy and grainy. In the black and white I went for a moody contrasting image.


Light (Two Photographs)

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In the study of photography and painting you learn a fair deal about the direction of light. You will see in many paintings that the light is coming from impossible directions to light the subject. In photography it’s a sign a photo has been altered without thought to logical lighting. In an effort to brighten the leaves in this shot it may appear in the colour version that the light is coming from below. It’s not as noticeable in black and white. A lesson learned and shared.


Cabbage White Butterfly (Two Photographs)

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I found these old photographs of a cabbage white in my files and while I wait for their season to begin in earnest, I decided to publish these. Such magnificent looking creatures. The trick is to shoot them when they are busy and distracted.


Modern 1 (Two Photographs)

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I was reading up on on black and white photography and one of the suggestions was that modern buildings make great black and white subjects. In another article I read how to make them more abstract. This is my take on the two suggestions.


Turtle (Two Photographs) and Some Fun with Processing

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There is no harm in occasionally trying new things in software, of course the only danger is going further than you want and having to start again. In this week’s post I have tried a few new things to see where they will go. One thing that has always intrigued me is adding fake lights to a photo. Luminar has a filter called sun rays and you can see it best in the black and white.


Water Lily

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This is the last of my water lilies for 2018. It’s a bit odd in colour, the green was simply awful. So I decided on Black and White and emphasizing the lily, a bit overdone but then a little drama never hurts.


Pink Flamingo (Three Photographs)

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You don’t see many pink flamingos anymore. I had one for years in my apartment. I saw a sea of them in Tanzania. So I was delighted to see this one in a garden in Ottawa. There should be more to bring a smile to most dour of faces.