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Hard Edges (Two Photographs)

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The camera and computer add sharpening, we can add more when we edit and the photo gets sharpened once more when it leaves the post processing software. Too much of it leads to halos or white outlines around objects. Three solutions: do no sharpening or do less of it, paint the outlines away or follow some of the more complicated  tutorials on the web. I usually go back and try minimizing the sharpening but I will paint away outlines if all else fails. Fortunately these photos had no unusual problems.

 

Marsh (Two Photographs)

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When I narrow my focus I sometimes see the beginnings of an abstract composition. Here I wanted the plant to come alive within a composition that had no real boundaries, and that avoided deciding on a specific subject.

Little Wood-Satyr (Two Photographs)

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A Satyr, or wood spirit, how appropriate a name for such an elusive creature. They fly in and out of bushes, tempting you by setting down on the edge in broad daylight only to fly off. At the best of times they are often under cover making the light problematic. Regardless they are a sight to see.

Sparrow (Two Photographs)

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Thank goodness for the radial filter in Lightroom. The face of this bird was in modest shadow and all I wanted to do was even out the light over part of the body. The radial filter tool makes this easy (draw around your subject, change the exposure and make any other adjustments within that selection).

 

Nuthatch (Three Photographs)

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Nuthatches are quite common, especially when people are offering them handouts, but they move quickly and can be a challenge to photograph. They tease you, as you lift your camera they are already in another bush or tree. So getting a few good shots is a relief.

Black-Crowned Night Heron (Two Photographs)

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These herons sometimes remind me of the Penguin in Batman. Their poses and expressions, never mind the bright red eyes and often comical dance they do when walking along a log, are so penguin-like.

Wall Flowers (Three Photographs)

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I liked the background and the cascade. It’s a story told in three parts – urban, natural and artistic, almost abstract. The everyday contrast and often remarkable sights one finds deep in the city, need to be cut out by the photographer. Moments in time immortalized for the edification of others.

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