Posts tagged “Nature Photography

Light in the Forest (Two Photographs)

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I often see wild flowers in their own patch of light. It’s actually quite hard to get a good shot and retain the light. We can talk about metering modes but the real issue is that the camera and the software want to even out light even with spot metering. The radial dial in Lightroom can help a great deal, but if you lighten the flowers for example, you also need to tone down the background. In black and white you can choose a colour filter to  highlight the flowers. This is one of the better techniques. And a vignette doesn’t hurt either.


Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker (Three Photographs)

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My books tell me this is a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I had never seen one before. My wife and I took a short trip into Quebec and found a few nature paths including one out of the resort/city of Montebello. Walking along we just happened on this bird who for the most part tried to hide from us before flying out of range.


Bees (Three Photographs)

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There are times when all you have to do is wait and the bees will come to you. I use a flash, but they seem pre-occupied and unaffected by my presence . The difficult part is that often the detail of the bee is lost in the dense black of its colouring, this includes the eyes and sometimes you just have to accept that. By the way this is one of my few bees in flight photos.


Popping (Three Photographs)

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Photographers and editors of photographs talk about a photograph “popping” or “making it pop” etc. With tulips this is easy. Their form, colour and position provide more than enough pop. You just have to be close enough to get the composition you want and mind the backgrounds, the tulips do the rest.


Pigeons (Two Photographs)

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I am used to seeing pigeons in large numbers in many public places. But I don’t think I have seen them in a forest situation before (albeit on the grounds of resort). These two stood statue-like for a while before preening, two chilled out birds!


Mourning Cloak Butterflies (Three Photographs)

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For the past few years I have posted photographs of mourning cloaks, very often taken on the same two dark wood trees. This trees are not tall but they leak sap. When that happens you could set off fireworks and the butterflies wouldn’t budge. These are the earliest butterflies in the spring and they last into summer, but as you can see they have some wear and tear on their wings indicating age. I have tried in every photograph to capture the checker board eyes. That is easier with my macro kit but unfortunately I did not have it with me for these shots.


Tulips (Two Photographs)

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The colour photograph represents the best week of sun and cool air and the black and white, the week when we had the worst showers in June since 1949. Nasty weather puts a damper on things, but I get more time to process photographsand work on other projects. However, I would much rather be out with my camera.