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The Good the Bad and the Ugly (Three Photographs)

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On a road trip out-of-town we ran across these old buildings that reminded me of an old movie set. I wanted that old western style of photo. Gives a bit of character to the abandoned. The buildings are on a hill you pass just as you enter the town of Renfrew, Ontario. Given the location one would think something could be made of this location and buildings. They do have some character.

 


Shadow Doodles (Two Photographs)

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In my posts I have spoken a lot about shapes and form, reflections and shadows. These photographs probably illustrate those concepts better than any thing I could say or write. I thinks its better expressed in the monochrome because the subject is much clearer. In my view it’s art, almost abstract, but a clear result of the right light at the right time of day.


Spreadwing Damselfly (Three Photographs)

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This is a rare type of damselfly in my area and when I see them they are seldom within range of my 105mm (with an extension tube). A lovely and cooperative insect that returned to the same spot after a brief flight. The wonders of macro photography limited what I could get in focus. One of the drawbacks of using extension tubes is that you cannot focus at infinity; you have a narrow range of focus, added to the narrow depth of field. Taken at F11 (full-frame conversion F16.5) but at the outside range of my focus, unfortunately I lost some focus on the tail.


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.

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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.

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