Posts tagged “Animals

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.