Posts tagged “Animals

Black Squirrel – 3

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Amazing acrobats.


Chipmunk – 2

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I have several shots of this chipmunk just hanging around the rock. It allowed me to get close and was still sunbathing when I moved on. Given the location it may be used to people starring.


Chipmunk

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My favourite is when they peek out to see if the coast is clear.


Black Squirrel – 2

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It looks scared but rather I only had seconds to take this photo before it calmly got off the log to start foraging. Animal expressions can be misleading.


Red Squirrel

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You often hear young chipmunks and squirrels crying out and making quite a fuss. Time to ignore them.


Black Squirrel

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Black Squirrels tend to freeze in place hugging their stomachs, often appearing to beg. Again your patience can wait out theirs for better shots.


Young Red Squirrel

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Squirrels and chipmunks have an inclination to freeze in place when they sense a threat. Often before you even see them. Stand still long enough and they will go about their business.


Turtle

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Looks like its dragging itself out of the depths for some sun. Can’t blame it for that.


That Chipmunk -3 (Two Photographs)

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Being completely oblivious to the camera and the large thing behind it, the chipmunk just gets on with things, including striking some amusing poses. I was told when I was very young that standing still and silent would make animals more comfortable with my presence and it has proven true over the years. Unfortunately, as nature parks are increasingly hosting bicycles, runners, dogs and noisy parties it will be necessary to go further afield in years to come.


That Chipmunk 2 (Three Photographs)

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Young animals are often trusting and oblivious to danger. Sad but true. On the other hand with owls, muskrats etc. I have had some excellent photographic opportunities due to their naiveté. It’s worth noting that feeding young animals human food or the wrong type of food  is particularly bad.


Frog Heaven (Two Photographs)

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It is harder than it looks to get two subjects far apart in focus, in this case I used F22 as an aperture, something I seldom do as it has some consequences for image quality. I try to avoid situations like this because 90% of the photos end up not working because of focus issues. But sometimes you can’t resist trying.


A Squirrel and Colour Casts (Two Photographs)

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This squirrel is impressive. A colour cast was removed in Lightroom with tint, white balance and saturation. In these circumstance the fur and ground easily take on the light passing through foliage so it is common to have green or red castes in photos close to the ground like this where the subject is under leaves and close to a tree.

 


Traffic Jam (Two Photographs)

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It’s not unusual to see animals in large groups. What struck me here was that a lot was going on in a small place and it made for some great shots. I had a brief conversation with another photographer about this, his reaction was that it only really works if you single out an individual, not sure I agree.


Expressions (Two Photographs)

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Animals can be quite expressive and many of us are inclined to attribute animal expressions to our own (anthropomorphism). Hence animal shots with human like expressions are often great captures.


Rabbit (Two Photographs)

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I came across this rabbit on a path in the park. It was probably an abandoned pet. Obviously young and unaware of the danger of other animals it pretty much ignored me. I had to wait until its foraging moved it into the bush to continue along the path without disturbing it.


Young Animals (Two Photographs)

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Young animals are naive and tend to get too close to humans. They don’t see the potential threat. I heard recently about young kids throwing rocks at an owl and I have seen people using BB guns on ducks (we scared those folk off). These photos taken from a distance are of a young beaver and a young muskrat that I stumbled on. They did not seem rattled when they saw me, but I took my shots and quietly walked away.


Leopard Frog (Two Photographs)

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Frogs near water usually jump in when they hear or see people coming. On land and away from water they will, in my experience, hide or act as if they are invisible. In this case the frog allowed me to come fairly close and slowly raise my camera. I had its full attention and it stayed where it was after I left. I suspect it was getting used to humans.


Chipmunk (Two Photographs)

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The best time to photograph chipmunks is in the fall when they are  collecting food for the winter. Their need for food overcomes their fear of humans. They very quickly relax when they see you are not a threat (stand still, make very little noise). The rest of the year they run the grand prix around you and it’s almost impossible to get a shot.


Green Frog (Two Photographs)

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This frog looks very proud of itself, certainly cheerful. It is amazing how easily we ascribe human feelings to an animal. For a nature photographer that’s a good thing. However we do it engaging our audience is the objective and hopefully that engagement leads to their taking some pleasure from the photograph. As for the two versions I think the black and white best focuses on the expression, while the colour gives more context.


Colour-Cast Squirrel (Three Photographs)

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You are unlucky when you not only get a green color-cast (light reflecting off and filtered through greenery) but also get a magenta cast from a nearby flower. That’s exactly what happened here, and as you can see from the original and my attempt to fix the colors, this turned out to be insurmountable. And so breaking all the rules I settled on a black and white version. The original and best color shot are below.


A Raccoon (Three Photographs)

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Tired at the end of a long day in the reserve I turned a corner to find myself being stared at by the largest raccoon I have ever seen. Someone had put sunflower seeds on a stump and the raccoon was happily munching away. It was only scared off when someone came up behind it. I managed several interesting shots and may do a few in black and white later on. In any event this made my day!


Three Painted Turtles (Two Photographs)

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It happens sometimes when shooting in color that the photo comes out almost black and white. Of course processing can bring back the color to some extent. I shot these on a cloudy day, and the original raw file (flat profile changed to adobe standard color) looked almost black. I got the color back using Photoshop levels and bit of saturation. Still the contrast was good for the black and white I wanted.


Beaver (Three Photographs)

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The thing about beavers is their timing early or late in the day when the light is not always good enough. Secondly, they tend to be mostly under water and their iconic tails are barely visible. Thirdly, detail in their fur can be hard to get given how wet it is. Fourthly, when they stop to eat or work they close their eyes for extended periods. For a long time I could not figure out what the floating pineapples I saw were until I saw this beaver eating and the results.


Squirrels (Three Photographs)

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I thought a few squirrel photos would be interesting. These little animals try hard, very hard to get enough food for themselves and their nest and they are pretty photogenic doing it. These are red squirrels and while our eyes see the red the camera can get confused and colour casts are common in the forest. That is what the hue, saturation and luminance tools in post processing can help with.