Posts tagged “Animals

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.


A Turtle (Two Photographs)

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This turtle seems to be showing a significant amount of resolve with his one-legged push-up! If you are wondering why I have gone back into my collection of photos to 2016, the reason is lousy weather. These photos have not appeared on the blog before. April has shown some improvement, but with an over abundance of rain.


Squirrels (Two Photographs)

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There is not much more to say about squirrels than I said in my post earlier this week. Only to note that squirrels are easier to shoot in the fall when they are keen on finding food and filling their stomachs for the winter, than in the spring when they need to get used to people again or for the first time. I prefer the B&W, sort of focuses more on the squirrel than a colour version would have. However, the colour photo simply cried out to be done in colour.


Turtle (Two Photographs)

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I have always thought turtles look best in black and white and I accept that that is a judgement. They are such unworldly looking animals, especially when they are large. They contrast nicely with the background, hence my view of why black and white is my preference. Colour included for reference.