Posts tagged “Nikon

Never say Never (Three Photographs)

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This bird (a vireo?) was bit high for me. I think the advice to never shoot up the nose of a subject is a good one. But the Black and Whites reminded me of the some of the portraits of Mao and Stalin (that over the top look of authority a look of omnipresence). A left of center candidate I know used a portrait of himself that was very similar on his website (chin up overlooking the world). I tried to talk to him about this but he wouldn’t listen. Production values in politics are very important and advice and the final product is expensive for a reason.


Cormorant (Three Photographs)

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Cormorants are fun to shoot. I was shooting an egret when I noticed this bird just behind the egret. With a 200-500mm this bird was just at the limit of acceptable resolution. But it was a cormorant and I could not resist processing these shots of a majestic bird (yes they do tend to vacuum up all the fish, but still they have a certain presence). You will note the color of the water changes. The difference is a cloud between the subject and the sun and no cloud covering the sun.


Not Minimalist (Three Photographs)

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I actually find it hard to do true minimalist photography. What’s simple about color, texture, and selective focus? This is more about getting a certain balance between all the elements in the shot including the subject but also colour, shadow, lighting etc. In the fall I cannot resist doing photography like this.


Small Things (Two Photographs)

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In shooting small things it’s not always easy to show scale. Most people have run into a Ladybug, so scale is not an issue. However few have seen a Midge up close and on its own, as shown here, its size is hard to guess. In fact it’s less than half the size of the Ladybug, but there is really nothing to show size. Not sure how I could have remedied that but it’s a useful consideration when taking a macro photograph to try to find some means of illustrating this perspective.


Wood Duck in the Fall (Three Photographs)

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Fall colours reflected in the water almost always make a great background. In this case I had to darken the water and then lighten the bird, same mask used twice, I just inverted it. Came out rather painterly but nice. The B&W was simple, though the spots in the water stood out more so I removed more of the flotsam in processing than I had originally planned. Overall this wood duck stands out and rightfully so.


A Painted Lady Butterfly (Three Photographs)

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This butterfly posed for a portrait and I must say I was impressed by its forbearance, even though I was some distance away with my 200-500mm lens. The quality of this Nikon lens is amazing. I have more of these butterflies and their shenanigans coming. Nothing like a beautiful butterfly to brighten the day!


Thanks Robins (Three Photographs)

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I often see Robins on the ground, usually hoping off as I approach down a path. I see them in trees much less often. This collection shows the challenge. On the ground they can be hard to distinguish from the background, in a tree they can be back-lit or deep in the shadows. All of which was true here; white balance, masking and opening the shadows helps in that order for these kinds of circumstances.  They are the rules/measures to take and then you need to balance colour and exposure to make it all work. It is precisely these kind of circumstances that make it important to spend some time on learning processing as an adjunct to photographing birds.