Posts tagged “Nikon Canada

New Camera

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My favourite camera decided to retire unexpectedly. I decided to replace it wth an old model full frame camera, instead  of another cropped sensor camera. Apart from it being much heavier than any camera I have ever used, I have had to think more about depth of field as it is narrower than with a cropped sensor. So far so good, but it turned a spring flower shoot into a fall one I am sure it’s user error and I will need to repent.


Goldfinch

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After a week of macro abstracts I did not wish to leave the impression I have strayed from an interest in other forms of photography. We just live in challenging times and I am taking advantage.


Order or Chaos

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There is symmetry and order in nature, but at a human scale it can appear chaotic or wild. I think there is reassurance in that.


A Contorted Glance

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The nuthatch is looking for handouts of food and probably does not appreciate the circus skills it exhibits so well.


A Backward Glance

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The expression of “eyes in the back of your head” comes to mind when animals pretend not to notice you.


Spotted

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Many birds find perches on the top of shrubs and trees. The chickadee can do the same on smaller flora and look just as noble.


Not the only Nut on the Lake


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This wood duck did not take a liking to me, though what he intended to do about it was no clearer the longer he glared.


Crooning

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I wouldn’t mind doing some singing myself though I suspect it would be no more appreciated than in the case of this goose.


Standing the Watch

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As the female widgeon sleeps the male stands guard.


Sailing a Silver Sea

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This is is the first of a week of avian photography. While many of these would make wonderful colour shots, I think there is more personality in the black and whites.


In the Wind

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Looking closely at this photograph, my eye imagined a man waving flags in the wind.


Advancing

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Depth of field is one of the better tools in photography. You can use it to isolate a subject, define your object, frame it and in some cases make your subject almost look like its moving forward.


Kraken

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I took this photo because I have had some success with tree stumps as subjects. But this partially submerged trunk had a more ominous look than most of the ones I normally shoot.


Bokeh

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Yesterday I spoke about the importance of backgrounds. Some find the round ball shaped background called bokeh a pleasing background. Some lenses are made for bokeh, for the others it’s often luck.


Look Behind

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As I have noted several times backgrounds are important. They can make or break a photo. In black and white, backgrounds take on a simpler form but should still complement the subject.


Texture

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Texture is not just something you add to a photograph or enhance with editing software. It’s an important part of our visual reality; sometimes subtle, sometimes the subject of the photo.


Choice

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Last week I decided to tackle more of my plant and flower photographs. I selected several and edited the group down to seven. To my mind it’s one of the hardest parts of editing, choosing what to keep and then edit.


Noted

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I was at a considerable distance, across the widest part of a lake when I saw this bird. It was not long before my movement caught its eye and I was seen and then ignored as irrelevant to its hunt for fish.


Ad Astra

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What does the butterfly see when it stares at the sky. As insects go they have keen eyes, a sense of direction and ability to manoeuvre so it’s not an idle question.


Crowded

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I know behind those reeds is a universe of animals I want to see and photograph. All I need is patience.


Calm

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When geese relax and float along in calm water, the mirror effect is eye catching; one of my favourite scenes.


Last Call

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In the fall there are always those few flowers that manage to hang on till the frost. A refusal to accept the changing of seasons.


Mood

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In photography mood often describes the feel of a photograph. However, the photographer’s mood also has to be considered; a bad day is a bad day, the opposite is also true. A good creative shot always makes my day.


What I Miss

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When the snow begins to fall and stays on the ground and the smell and feel of winter hangs in the air, the memories of birds singing and the breeze off the lake beckons.