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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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Male Wood Duck (Two Photographs)

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This male wood duck is out of its mating colors. The photos are out of the camera (a little exposure fixing, noise reduction, and sharpening). Several times I have seen large groups of people shooting ducks, especially the more colorful kind. It’s not just that ducks are easier to photograph than warblers but that they have character and in their almost continuous movement we can often find interesting ways to shoot them. In my view the fact that you can establish eye contact makes many ducks more interesting.

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A Beetle and some words on macro photography

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This is probably a Golden Netwing Beetle. In my last macro article I spoke about the advice I got on finding insects. I have since learned that insects are more prevalent and more likely to be moving and doing things when the temperature is above 15 degrees Celsius. Below that temperature most insects do not have the energy to move, so some photographers chose the early morning when it’s cooler to find insects to photograph that are less likely to move or are covered in dew. I prefer to take photographs when they are up and doing interesting things.