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Tulips (Two Photographs)

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The colour photograph represents the best week of sun and cool air and the black and white, the week when we had the worst showers in June since 1949. Nasty weather puts a damper on things, but I get more time to process photographsand work on other projects. However, I would much rather be out with my camera.

Chestnut Warbler (Three Photographs)

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Surprisingly, and after using more than one method, the white balance here is correct, as are the colours. It’s an interesting tonality. It’s a rare bird for me and was hard to capture. So I am very pleased.

A New Forest (Three Photographs)

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Having planned a city walk with street photography gear, my wife and I stumbled on a park. Unnamed which was unusual. Squeezed by a school at one end, backyards at the side, and an urban highway that encircled the rest. Still given the density of the trees it was quiet. A real forest, the kind children used to love to play in and now regularly used by dog walkers. The story of the park that day was the magnificent trees. So operating on less is more, here are three trees from the nameless forest.

Focusing on Small Birds (Two Photographs)

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This is a Yellow Warbler like the one I posted last week. Yellow Warblers don’t sit still for long. They tend to be on the other side of small branches. The issue then is how to get a good focus on the bird. You notice that I am on the edge with the first shot and slightly off in the second. This is typical even with long lenses, a good camera and decent depth of field (e.g. F8). The camera is easily filled by the branches. You get the bird with what you think are good shots and discover you have better focus on the branches than the bird. Sharpening can help, shake reduction might help too. However the better answers are either not to shoot birds deep in the branches, or increase your F Stop significantly. The former works all the time, and the second in my experience can lead to more distractions than one would like in the background. Conclusion: small birds are hard to shoot and when you do get a good shot, celebrate.

Stairs and Doors (Three Photographs)

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Montreal has a thing for wonky stairs and doors, making for a lot of great photography opportunities. In the first shot you are looking through a spiral staircase, in the second you see a traditional set of stairs leading to the upper story apartments. In the final colour shot you can see two homes were merged and this lead to an interesting adjustment to the door.

Red-Winged BlackBird (Two Photographs)

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These birds are mostly black and that creates issues for detail while the brighter colours challenge the colour palate available on computers. In this case my exposure was lucky and the bird stayed relatively still. I left the broken branch in just because fixing it changed the blue background and I could not figure out why. Lastly, the publichave been warned that they are currently nesting and can get quite testy and attack people who come too close.

River View (Two Photographs)

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I took this at Parc de la Plaisance in Quebec. Nice park, great place for photography, although their boardwalks were damaged in the winter storms. The Black and White in my view is the keeper and the colour is just to show the base that I worked with. It has a hint of drama and might make some great wall art.

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