Posts tagged “Nature

Lighting and Focus

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It should be no surprise that light also helps focus attention on a subject. Anomalies in lighting, like the partially lit flower in this photo, can subconsciously engage the audience.


Imperfections

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Life goes on with all it flaws, perfection is relatively rare. I think that sometimes it can be the enemy of our best efforts in photography, as in all things.


Focus

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Depth of field permits us to choose what we want to be in focus. It’s a judgement call. The decision is also part of every photographer’s style.


Gull

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This bird captures that look that many of the gulls I see have – mean, narrow eyed, like some nasty manager in a big box store, but I digress.


Cormorant

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Cormorants tend be far out on the water when sunning themselves, or flying faster than I can capture them. At 500mm it is still a stretch to get a shot like this, but the Nikon 200-500 5.6 is a brilliant lens.


Colour Again

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It’s choice to work in colour or black and white. This Downy Woodpecker has bright white feathers and sometimes depending on the background, better in colour than black and white.


Not Everything is Black and White

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This photograph was complete happenstance. A relatively large bird, the green heron was moving fast and stopped for just an instant so I could get this portrait with its wonderful colour.


Attitude

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 I find it amusing when some small and relatively harmless animal just tries to stare me down.


Standing Out

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This great blue heron was walking on the lawn beside the path towards me. I just waited until he was parallel to the path and hedge. The black and white shows how easy it would have been to just to walk by and miss this four foot bird if one was not observant.

 


Learning to be a Duck

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This is one of about fifteen shots of the same ducks, they swam past and I kept shooting until they lined up just perfectly and I got the shot I was after.


Flowers No. 7

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Depending on your point of view one of joys of flowers is that they attract insects. While this is a flower photo, had I had any of my close up gear, the insects would have had their day on film.


Flowers No. 6

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Pulling out the detail in the flower exaggerated the noise. Today we go a long way to remove noise without thinking that with film we used grain as one of the compositional tools. You can argue they are different but the look is often the same.


Flowers No. 5

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While working on this photo by accident I stumbled on this old movie look. It reminds me of some of the lighting used in Citizen Kane and Nosferatu.


Flowers No. 4

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This was taken in a “Tudor Garden.” I like composing for the imagination. To misquote Aristotle, the parts can be visually and imaginatively more important than the whole.


Flowers No. 3

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Depth of field is underrated. Most cameras and most zoom lenses sold, limit the use of depth of field because they do not permit the use of the same aperture throughout the range of the zoom. Buying your first F2.8 zoom is the day you really get on the road to your own style.


Flowers No. 2

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My processing addresses exposure for the most part, as well as sharpness and composition. Within those there is a fair amount of latitude for creativity; how sharp, how bright, what colour filter etc. Brash or subtle it makes the final product unique.

 


Gardens, Flowers, Nature

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I am not quite as fond of cut flowers as I am of those in gardens and forests. But both brighten our days. This week my blog is all about flowers.


Imagination-7

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There are many ways to look at things we see around us, many ways to “skin” the cat. It just takes imagination. Thankfully, we have teachers, entertainers, writers and artists who make us think and who tickle our imagination.


Imagination-5

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Are they waving, swaying or is it just the wind. I am told plants and trees communicate chemically so maybe they can do more, who knows.

 

 


Imagination-3

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Can flowers swarm, can they install a fear outside the inventions of science fiction.


Imagination

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I think that certain things and some people have the power to spark our imaginations. I believe photography can be a tool to that end (captioned or not).


Angle

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It’s a textbook tip to shoot flowers from behind. Agreed. Nice to see them reaching for the stars.


Presence

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It’s always a pleasure to find a follower that stands out that has presence (dare I say charisma?)


Peaceful

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It’s probably because of John McCrae’s WWI poem  “In Flanders Fields” that poppies have a certain aura. I like to think scenes like this speak to peace and not just to the consequences of war.