Posts tagged “Nikon

Sparrow

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One thing I like about black and white is how you can affect the essence of the photograph with colour filters. Using them can change the nature and mood of the photo as well as alter the luminance of certain areas of the photo.


Great Blue Heron

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I will readily agree that not everything looks good in black and white, but portraits and shots with a bit of drama do well in black and white.


Green Heron

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In almost every shot I have of a green heron (there is one on my business card), they have this look of steely determination.


Pileated Woodpecker

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I caught this woodpecker taking a drink from the lake. I was closer than I would have liked but woodie did not care.


Gull

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It may just be my experience but gulls seem to pause for their portrait, not for very long but just long enough.


Egret

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I have yet to see an Egret that didn’t look like some maddened wizard.


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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What a name! Certainly doesn’t look like a sap. The bird kept peeking around the tree and having got his rhythm I took this shot.


Canada Goose

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In black and white there’s old time look to this shot. The Goose does not disappoint with its stance and gaze. Ready as it is for its portrait.


Medley of Wood

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Just a mix of old, new, texture and chiaroscuro. While I like photos that have a more general subject like texture, I recognize they break some of the established “rules” of photography.


Mallard Duck

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I am always impressed at how these ducks just plow through the water like tugboats. They go a lot faster when they have to,  much faster than I would have guessed possible.


Light

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The object here was to preserve the natural spotlight of the sun coming through a hole in the canopy of trees in the forest. A natural vignette just as I saw it.


Last Call

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I realize that not everyone enjoys their time behind the computer screen, but I find some photographs are surprisingly interesting to edit. Working on this one I realized how dark the mood of the picture was and I had some fun with that. The process had the opposite effect on my mood.


Cabbage White

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Every nature photography article I have ever read talks about the importance of eyes. When it comes to butterflies, frogs and other nature subjects, the eyes are amazing in color.


Leaf

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Ending the week on a floral note. This time an HDR of a leaf in the forest.


Excitement on the Trail

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All kinds of wonderful things happen in the forest, most unpredictable. But when a mating pair of dragonflies landed on my wife’s hat when she was taking a photo it was hard not to laugh!


A Political Pose

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I know of at least one politician who thinks Mussolini’s up the nose pose still works today. I don’t recommend this unless the idea is to show off haughtiness.


Bucolic

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Among the things I am looking forward to this summer.


Spring has sprung

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Heres hoping I can find a forest where I can take photographs and social distance. Nature walks have become popular in these pandemic years. It’s easy for crowds to form.


Butterfly

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Overcast skies make for great soft light. But just like soft light in studio you lose a bit of brightness and detail. In addition, nature photographers have to deal with trees and shrubs blocking light. Challenging but fun.


Tulips

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Spring is marked here by the tulip festival. They restricted crowds without success last year, I wonder how they will handle it this year.


Goldfinch

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I went years without seeing a goldfinch. Then in 2019 the fields seemed full of them. Lucky for me.


Books (Two Photographs)

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Most of the studio photographers I know of have a few lighting patterns they rely on. Given the possibilities it’s understandable to choose a few that work for you. This is my side lit pattern with diffuser and soft box. (24×24 softbox and Easy Up stand with diffuser from Strobopro)


Studio No.5

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When studying table top photography a good understanding of diffusion helps, as well as the various tools to help with diffusion (not just soft boxes, but things like bed sheets and shower curtains). The larger the source of light and closer it is to the subject, the softer it will be and the farther away the harder the light.


Studio Work

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This week I will write about doing still life photography at home (table top photography).  I use a real table and not a product box. I use different kinds of flash, mainly Godox brand; reliable and relatively inexpensive. I also use various stands and background, some store bought some DIY. Being able to control all the light and in doing so learn about light is a great way to improve my photography.