Polarizing Filter (Two Photographs)

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Polarizing filters are very effective for darkening skies, removing haze and for better photography of subjects underwater through the water. For a very long time it was said one could not duplicate the polarizing effect in software. You can see in the two photographs the difference a polarizer makes (mostly in being able to see the bottom of the lake). The first photograph is with the polarizer, the second without. The subject is a snapping turtle prowling under water. The software I used for this is Macphuns’ Luminar, which is a full editor. Once it includes cataloguing it will be a rival to Lightroom (for Mac only). It has a lot of interesting filters. I’m not getting rid of my polarizer, but if I forget it at home or don’t have the opportunity to put one on, well I can fall back on Luminar.


Mushrooms (Two Photographs)

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I have not taken many photographs of mushrooms and have no idea what these are. I took them with my Fuji when I was experimenting with the light meter and the flexibility of the raw files in processing. It takes time to get used to a new camera, especially the light meter. Even working with different Nikon cameras I find it takes a bit of time to get used to how they handle exposure.


Standing Egrets (Three Photographs)

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When birds like these choose to stand like statues, it’s time to focus on the surroundings and context. Birds, even rare birds, doing nothing in boring surroundings could do with a good background. This is one reason why cropping is important, to get the best background. A second reason to crop is that the bird may be too far away for people to get a decent idea of detail. A distant subject, in my view, only works when the bird is an element of a larger composition.



Hide and Seek (Three Photographs)

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Cardinals can be elusive especially the females. The males sometimes hang around, and play a sort of hide and seek. They move back into the bushes but keep a wary eye. This was an extreme example of hide and seek and I was very pleased he chose to frame himself in the leaves.



Some Night Scenes (Four Photographs)

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All of these were taken with the Fuji X-T2 23mm F2 lens at ISO 1280. While these are noisy photos, I do not think that makes much of a difference. All but one is in B&W (the mural with the dog). I have not done night photography in a very long time and wanted to see what was possible working with available light. Now I am looking forward to doing more!




Great Blue Heron In Flight (Seven Photographs)


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The B&W, and its color counterpart below, with the complete shadow cast on the water are my favorites in this series. I said at the beginning of this year I would do more birds in flight, and I have achieved that goal in this and other series, some posted, some to come. Once you get the hang of swiveling with your hips, understanding the focusing settings in camera, there is still practice to get it all working and working well. Some birds give you warning they are about to fly off, but not all. At the park where I shoot I often go down a path, to a break in the foliage looking out over the lake. The opening is well hidden and while you have a clear view to the front, the sides are obscured by bush. One day, just as I arrived at this spot a Great Blue Heron banked a few feet in front of my face, I expect it had intended to land where I was standing and we were both startled. In that case I never got a shot off because after I caught my breath the bird was well away.








Lounging Frogs (Two Photographs)

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This has been a year for frogs; numerous and loudly announcing their presence. Not all stayed in place to get their photograph taken though. It is a distinct sound when a frog, often out of sight, decides to take a dive and avoid the camera. Water and the texture of the frog’s skin gives rise to reflections and highlights, which with skill can be removed. The choice of leaving them in was based solely on the view that they did not detract from the photographs. Frogs make for interesting subjects, their eyes alone are worth the trouble.