Posts tagged “Animals

A Squirrel and Some Words on Ethics (Two Photographs)

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I took this photo (same photo in B&W and color) on a brief walk and did not really recognize what I had taken until I got home. As usual I took several photos and looking at them I realized the young squirrel never moved, never blinked and probably held its breath all the time I was shooting. I remember taking the shots very quickly and moving on not wanting to disturb the squirrel but looking at the photos I realized this young squirrel was clearly frightened. Hard as you try you still have impacts on the wildlife, maybe not as much as those who feed ducks white bread, but still it bears thinking about how to minimize our interactions so as not to create other problems.

 


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.


Turtle (Two Photographs)

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I am continuing to work on my black and white techniques and showing my color starting point. Turtles generally pose one significant challenge for photographers, their shells are highly reflective of light and you can get a specular highlight, meaning a spot with no color or detail. Finding a turtle in the right light or angling oneself to avoid a specular highlight can be some work but it can be worth it.


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.