Posts tagged “Nikon

Waxwing (Two Photographs)

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In my experience, waxwings look great in black and white and I wanted to try a high contrast treatment. This bird was high up in a tree and was popping its head out of the leaves every so often and I took advantage. I have seen flocks of waxwings flying over head but this year only a few I could shoot.


Natural Flag (Two Photographs)

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By all means take photographs of flowers from odd angles, as the pundits suggest. I would also add that in doing so go for detail, like veins in the petals. Use some tonal contrast in post processing to bring out detail and correct colours.

 


Dragonfly (Two Photographs)

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I am a fan of shooting animals straight on. The challenge is that most insects, for example, dragonflies are not at all interested in sticking around and posing. Dragonflies and damselflies orient themselves so that their back and wings get the sun and energy. The more you understand an animal’s habits the easier it is to find shooting opportunities.


Shadow and Highlights (Two Photographs)

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Just some mallards with attitude. I like to experiment with ways to get better exposure both in camera and in post. One way is adjusting the shadows and highlights. The goal is to capture natural shadows and highlights that give visibility to a subject and create a bit of mood. This pair of ducks were opposite each other but the lighting on each was different.


Hover Fly (Two Photographs)

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There are definitely not as many insects as there have been in previous years. The spring flooding may have had an impact. These bee mimic hover flies are always great to shoot. They can look a little intimidating in Black and White.


Mallard and Chicks (Three Photographs)

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It’s always a treat seeing young ducks rush about and get corralled by their mother. They do tend to stay in a group, but the odd one wanders away. From a photographic perspective there are two issues here, getting detail over a broad area and different lighting on different subjects. My solution is to take many photographs. A higher ISO has made the colours a touch too dense in the first photo.


Observed Space (Two Photographs)

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These photos reflect exactly what I saw in my viewfinder. The few changes I made in post processing were to ensure that result in the final copies. As for the title, when I saw it once in a museum I guessed the artist had run out of imagination. I have borrowed that lazy out for impact but in truth it’s all about light.