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A Goldfinch and a Word on Cropping and Re-sizing (Two Photographs)payoffs

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Every wildlife photographer I meet crops his photos, sometimes quite dramatically, sometimes after resizing the photo thus enlarging the cropped photo. The photos in this post were cropped and resized and they share a problem of noise arising from this editing. Not the best subjects for resizing. The removal of the noise would soften the photo, and sharpening them further would only lead to halos. New A.I. software is on the market that I am told may make this simpler with better quality. Until I have seen results and tests I am taking a cautious approach to my cropping and re-sizing with traditional software.

Pine Warbler (Three Photographs)

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Just as I was about to say the warblers were getting rare, I saw this pine warbler searching for insects in a downed tree. The white things it’s after are insect larvae. An abundance of insects is what keeps the warblers around. Being essentially in the shade of a tree made the shots just a touch harder, but the bird stayed in place for while, more than compensating for the irritant of poor lighting.

Industrial Feeding (Three Photographs)

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At the beginning of what turned out to be a long cold snowy winter at my favorite nature reserve, I saw a man dragging an industrial sized bag of feed toward the river. When he got close to the shore he ripped a hole in the bag and dragged it to the water’s edge and around the opening to the water in a large semi-circle. Not surprisingly a huge horde of ducks appeared and almost instantaneously began feeding. The noise and hullabaloo were something to see. He proceeded to take photographs and stayed much longer than I did. In the midst of the debate on feeding wildlife, this was extraordinary. I am still of two minds on the feeding of wildlife but it was interesting to see the lengths one person went. You can fault me for taking advantage of the circumstances, but I was a bystander.