Posts tagged “Animal photography

Leopard Frog (Two Photographs)

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The water in the pond was very clear, and just below the frog’s eye you can see reflection on the water line. Also, if you look in the eye you will see a reflection of the photographer. I could have avoided the reflection had I noticed it. However nothing beats eye contact and adjusting my angle for the reflection would have lost that element.

Tough Little Guys (Two Photographs)

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I often see small red squirrels like this, chase grey squirrels twice their size for some distance. I figure it’s a food fight or a territorial issue. When young, these squirrels are fearless. They get more wary as they age and they are great runners and jumpers. I was lucky to come across this one more occupied with his meal than with my camera and I.

A Line of Turtles and Additional Point on Reflections (Two Photographs)

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In my last post I commented on reflections and I made the point that the reflection or shadow does not have to be complete, this is another example. Were it complete the photo might look artificial. On the other hand the busy shadows and reflections give life to this line of turtles and in black and white those elements are most prominent.

A Turtle and a Comment on Timing, Light, Reflection and Shadows (Two Photographs)

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These are some photos from 2016 that I’m just now getting around to processing. I was surprised to see that they were taken only a minute apart. In that time I changed my position and the cloud cover made a significant difference to the shots. It reinforces the idea that it is worth taking more than one shot of any subject. Secondly, I was shooting to get the reflection and shadows in the water. Reflections and shadows add depth to photographs and create a point of interest. Overall I prefer the first shot.

A Red Squirrel and a Chipmunk (Two Photographs) – why I take several shots of any subject.

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It helps your photography when animals are distracted by food or when frozen in place waiting to see what you do. It gives just enough time to compose, get settings right and shoot. After that if they do not run away so much the better. I took about 10-15 different shots of these creatures and narrowed my selection to these two. I have seen many photographers take a single photo and walk away. I take lots of photos when I find a good subject. In addition to having a chance of getting a better expression, it’s only later when reviewing them that I can see the detail that interests me, like the position of the paws. So one of the best lessons I have learned is to keep pressing the button when there is the slightest chance of catching more detail, the subject moving into a better position or changing expression.

An Old Trick (Three Photographs)

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This rabbit was feeding in grass at the juncture of two paths. I saw it was alone and it did not notice me. Unfortunately moments later someone came up behind it, and it immediately began running towards me. Mushy wet fields bordered both paths, which explains why it came towards me and did not jump off the path. Most often with animals like rabbits standing very still helps them habituate to you and lose any fear they may have. It worked here because he almost came too close. Where it might have felt cornered it went in a direction that seemed less uncertain. Noise, movement and bright colors are things to avoid when trying to get close to animals. I was taught to stand still and wait for the animal to make the decisions.


What a Difference a Color Makes! (Two Photographs)

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In the first photo I reduced the luminosity of the greens and increased the yellows.  The B&W is there simply because I tried it. I have to start with a good base, and that is why I am showing my two trials. Color or B&W is a fork in the road; after having taken the decision to go with color, the next decision relates to what I think can be enhanced. Backgrounds are a good place to start, as we do not want them to distract, we want them to frame a subject. Just for the record my technique in Photoshop was to use a B&W adjustment layer and then change the layer’s blending mode to luminescence, which brings back the color. The B&W adjustment layer now allows you to change the colors.