Posts tagged “Nature Photography

Pileated Woodpecker

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I caught this woodpecker taking a drink from the lake. I was closer than I would have liked but woodie did not care.


Gull

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It may just be my experience but gulls seem to pause for their portrait, not for very long but just long enough.


Egret

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I have yet to see an Egret that didn’t look like some maddened wizard.


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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What a name! Certainly doesn’t look like a sap. The bird kept peeking around the tree and having got his rhythm I took this shot.


Canada Goose

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In black and white there’s old time look to this shot. The Goose does not disappoint with its stance and gaze. Ready as it is for its portrait.


Medley of Wood

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Just a mix of old, new, texture and chiaroscuro. While I like photos that have a more general subject like texture, I recognize they break some of the established “rules” of photography.


Mallard Duck

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I am always impressed at how these ducks just plow through the water like tugboats. They go a lot faster when they have to,  much faster than I would have guessed possible.


Light

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The object here was to preserve the natural spotlight of the sun coming through a hole in the canopy of trees in the forest. A natural vignette just as I saw it.


Last Call

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I realize that not everyone enjoys their time behind the computer screen, but I find some photographs are surprisingly interesting to edit. Working on this one I realized how dark the mood of the picture was and I had some fun with that. The process had the opposite effect on my mood.


Cabbage White

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Every nature photography article I have ever read talks about the importance of eyes. When it comes to butterflies, frogs and other nature subjects, the eyes are amazing in color.


Leaf

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Ending the week on a floral note. This time an HDR of a leaf in the forest.


Excitement on the Trail

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All kinds of wonderful things happen in the forest, most unpredictable. But when a mating pair of dragonflies landed on my wife’s hat when she was taking a photo it was hard not to laugh!


A Political Pose

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I know of at least one politician who thinks Mussolini’s up the nose pose still works today. I don’t recommend this unless the idea is to show off haughtiness.


Bucolic

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Among the things I am looking forward to this summer.


Spring has sprung

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Heres hoping I can find a forest where I can take photographs and social distance. Nature walks have become popular in these pandemic years. It’s easy for crowds to form.


Butterfly

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Overcast skies make for great soft light. But just like soft light in studio you lose a bit of brightness and detail. In addition, nature photographers have to deal with trees and shrubs blocking light. Challenging but fun.


Tulips

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Spring is marked here by the tulip festival. They restricted crowds without success last year, I wonder how they will handle it this year.


Goldfinch

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I went years without seeing a goldfinch. Then in 2019 the fields seemed full of them. Lucky for me.


Studio No.3

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Most things have reflective surfaces that can cause hot spots, some of these may help your composition, most will not. Spending time understanding the angles that reduce hot spots is a necessary skill (move the camera or the light, find the angle with the best light and least hot spots).


Why No. 7

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Having revealed my thinking on photography this week, let me end by saying photography is many things to many people. Memories, art, information, and entertainment are all reasons for photography, and these too are all a part of why I am a photographer.


Why No. 6

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Photography has been a fall back when professional pressures and personal pressures weighed. It is a world where what matters is what matters to me. Selfish as that sounds it’s a healthy out.


Why No. 5

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Photography has a steep learning curve just to get the basics under one’s belt. And then there are the varieties and types of photography. Photojournalism was an early love, that became street photography, concert photography, later nature photography, macro photography and a keen interest in studio work. In each I learned, in each I have had my ups and downs, but the successes and satisfaction far outweighed the failures.


Why No. 4

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Photography has introduced me to people who have become good friends, the world of insects, a love of the technique and applications of photography and a host of other things. It has expanded my world in a way nothing else could for me.


Why No. 3

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In normal times I would say photography gets me out of the house and into nature. But even in these times tainted by the pandemic, I end up working out both physically and mentally when working on photography. Or so my back tells me.