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Female Black-crowned Night Heron

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She looks a bit mean spirited, perhaps eyeing her next victim/lunch.


Painted

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A colourful bush in black and white turned pleasantly painterly, unsurprisingly.


Distortion

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Reflections help in photography, distortions on the other hand can be a problem. The frog is partially submerged but we don’t really see the water so the distortion is a bit unusual, possibly eye-catching.


Fries with That?

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Photographing people in the street normally takes some courage, but when their backs are turned….


Moving Forward

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Turtles always seem to me to be going somewhere, even when it’s just the end of the log to get some sun.


Goldfinch

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Goldfinches can be quite friendly and let you get quite close or rather you notice them when you are close. In this case, I had to backup a bit to get the shot.


Wood Duck

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You sometimes see female wood ducks alone, usually they are young and wary, but just offshore. They make for wonderful subjects especially when they seem to be interested in you.


Mallard

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A curious mallard is always a welcome surprise. It happens most often when they are alone and not in large packs of birds. It’s the flocks that disperse quickly to deeper water when people approach.


Downy Woodpecker

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Downies cling to trees as they hunt insects. However, they are seldom so preoccupied that they do not check out what is going on around them.


Chipmunk

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This chipmunk was slightly less skittish than most, probably believing in the protection of the underbrush. I usually back off rather then advance on animals, or stand still for a while to prove I am not an enemy. It works some of the time.


Cardinal

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In black and white this Cardinal looks positively prehistoric. It’s really an old bird moulting.


Squirrel

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Anthropomorphism, where we ascribe human traits to animals, especially expressions, is common and something a photographer can leverage. Looks of surprise never hurt.


Where I Would Rather Be

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The Pandemic flooded parks and reserves with people anxious for air and distraction. Now as the cold weather approaches only the very intrepid will make the trek out to those places. Covid wears on us all, and I suspect we all have things we miss in our lives. Photographs can remind us of what we are missing and what we can dream about as we come out the other side of this disaster.


Spotlight

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Photography is technically a science of light and we can choose to manipulate that light or work with what we have. I would suggest that there is a learning curve no matter how you approach it. Secondly, in the end even if you prefer one approach over the other you will have learned more about light. This photo was taken in natural light and I have done nothing to change that light.

 


Natural

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In a sense, Black and White Photography takes us away from the real world where colour plays such an important role. We see differently in black and white. It’s something I have been thinking about as I work in black and white.


The Unusual

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It being the time of year when some are focused on the unusual arts of halloween, I thought I would feature this photo. In colour it was quite messy, in black and white everything comes into focus and a certain oddness is more visible.


Aware

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Chickadees are small, fast and vulnerable birds. I have see at least one challenge a much larger owl, so I can add brave to the above. But they play close to the line. Where I live a large number of people like to feed them out of their hands. This forces the bird to consider the risk before flying in, their speed and maneuverability helps, what they cannot do is evaluate the nature of what they are being fed.


Explosive

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In an earlier post I described a flower as exploding given its shape. In this case the colour of the flower was rather over the top and distracting but I like the shape and implied explosive nature of its growth.


Posed

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Dragonflies don’t pose, they stop like damselflies to soak up the sun which gives them energy for their next foray of hunting other insects. Usually their backs are to the sun. These two facts can help in photographing them. If your approach makes them fly away you were never going to get the shot, but if by moving forward slowly they remain still, you have a winner.


Earnest

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Some flowers are quite resilient with respect to the weather, to pollution and the winds. I was told years ago that Black and White photography highlights emotions and implied attitude. I could have called this photo standing tall, but I prefer the importance implied by earnest.


Wary

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All animals have predators and all to some degree have defences. When it comes to birds, their attention to what is going on around them is quite acute. Trying to figure out what catches their eye and puts their radar on alert is not always easy.


My Whimsy

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For the better part of my life I have been involved with photography because I enjoy it, it’s been my bit of fun, my art, my challenge. Going digital has had its advantages and disadvantages. Of the latter it’s the added time behind a computer screen and problems with WordPress.


Great Blue Heron

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I doubt that in colour the dead trees would play as much of a role in this photograph and the ducks might be a distraction. You get to think more about these sorts of things in black and white than you do in colour. It may be what I like best about black and white, it makes you think.


Fall No.2

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In black and white shapes and shadows often control the image. You hear people use the word impact with respect to interesting photos. The word is often too active for the scene it describes. I prefer in cases like this to think more in terms of the interest a photo engenders.