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Tulips (Three Photographs)

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It turns out I do a great deal of flower photography. It’s an interesting subject  and because its static you can try more in-camera possibilities. Its one place I notice that I have less to edit when I get it right in camera. However, I still have noise, spots, exposure tweaks, levelling the horizon and sharpening to worry about.

Happy Duck (Two Photographs)

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There are two truths about good photography: the learning never ends and it’s an expensive investment. I think learning is good for your health, and for that I am prepared to invest. That said there seems to be more to learn everyday, if only because software for cameras and editing keep updating with new features or someone discovers a better way to do something. I chose the duck because it looked happy in both colour and black and white.

Jig-Saw (Two Photographs)

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I am a fan of reflections and this one reminded me of a jig-saw puzzle. I like the black and white conversion, the colour vision seems to remove some detail and focus for the eye despite the contrast.

Here Comes Spring (Two Photographs)

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I processed these on March 14th the day after a major snowstorm. While we never get a spring of notable length, at the end of March we got snow and freezing rain all on the same day. So I thought an angry wood duck was appropriate.

An Example (Two Photographs)

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I try to spend as little time processing as I can. Three of the many things I spend time on are the crop, the horizon (the straightening of the photo), and white balance. In this case the crop is unusual, the inclusion of the door unsettles what might have been minimalist photography. And while my intention was always to produce a black and white version I did work on the colour before the conversion to black and white (the white balance was problematic due to a cyan colour cast). The fixes I mention take time, but without the effort the results would not be to my liking.

Caution We are Dealing with Wild Animals (Two Photographs)

 

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I came across a group of American Goldfinch and shot a number of individual birds. However, the noise of the camera and my movements became too much for one who decided I should go. This reminded me once again that patience, courtesy and the avoidance of unnecessary noise is a virtue and not just for nature photography.

 

Grey Squirrel (Two Photographs)

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One possible challenge with animals are colour casts, where one colour dominates usually because it is filtered through leaves. If it’s just a minor part of the photo a hue saturation adjustment and masking can help. For larger problems software like Luminar have tools to solve it. Uncorrected it will also affect your Black and White images of the same photograph. Colour casts are frequent and seriously affect image quality,

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