Posts tagged “Bird Photography

My Process, My Thinking (Three Photographs)

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Photography is what you make of it, so I can only speak personally. My take on photography is to make photographs that please me and my audience. In dong so I don’t want to stray too far away from reality, but I do want to photograph things that might not otherwise be seen or appreciated. This is a two-step process. Putting myself somewhere where I might find subjects and then making  photographs with my camera; this step is as much about the eye as about the technology. The second step is assessing the raw input, rejecting those shots that are badly implemented in cameraand then processing them with the lightest hand possible to get the effect I want. This second step requires thinking through an outcome that is realistic and has impact. This two-step process may look as easy as this duck’s excellent landing on ice. But in reality there is a lot going on. 


A Stubborn Bird (Two Photographs)

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Chickadees dive bomb you over and over seeking handouts of seeds. They have the fortitude and ingenuity to weather the winter, eating more than their own weight from caches of food they have hidden over the course of the summer and fall. If you observe their nests they feed their young and take out the garbage. But it is rare for one to sit still as this one did for its portrait.


A Duck (Three Photographs)

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There come a point in the year when I am limited in available photos, especially as the weather turns bad. There are some ducks whose perseverance is remarkable and on the worst of days they still look great. In the winter you can count on some birds to be around, you just can’t guarantee their mood, this one seemed in fine form. These three shots were all done with a mixture of various software and some flotsam was removed along the way. I am experimenting with Skylum Software (formerly Macphun). There is a lot to explore such as in Luminar 2018, and while everything can be improved it suits my taste for permitting a more natural look in the results.


Happy New Year! A Chickadee and some Comments (Three Photographs)

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Until I took these shots I have had no luck at capturing a chickadee upside down, this is the closest I can recall. It’s not that they aren’t in the upside down that often, I just could not click the shot fast enough. The three photographs illustrate two points, photos with distinctive eyes win over those without even a twinkle. More importantly, shooting fast to stop motion is great but having just a bit of motion can be better. Getting super high speeds to stop motion may not always result in the most dramatic of shots, you won’t have impact if people don’t see the eye.


Geese (Three Photographs)

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Geese are always quarreling, and sometimes they have cause. There is a story in these three photos (they should be seen in sequence) but I was more concerned about the photography. I have done these in B&W because the contrast works in B&W. The color was underexposed, and in B&W you can more easily compensate for that. The same is true of color-casts that are not as much of an issue in B&W. B&W focuses on subject, contrast and lighting.


Fandango (Two Photographs)

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I have seen other photographers taking photographs like these. Action, is great in wildlife photography. I like doing these kinds of photos because they lend themselves to interpretation in processing and by the audience. I pushed the black and white a bit because it already had an abstract quality.


Goldfinch (Three Photographs)

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It’s fun catching these birds out in the open; they make for both colorful and impressive subjects. I find in editing that noise is an issue, given the size of the crop and one has to work against the tendency of the camera and standard processing to dull the texture and color. Shooting and editing pose issues that make the final product even more valuable when the goldfinch looks just like you remember it.