Posts tagged “Nikon

A Sparrow (Two Photographs)

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I had two problems with these photographs, the left hand side was much too bright (I used the neutral density filter in Lightroom to fix that) and there was an annoying out of focus oblong object by the bird’s feet. For that I used blur gallery to extend the blurred area to cover up the problem, hopefully that worked and the focus is on this magnificent sparrow.


Processed Flowers (Two Photographs)

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These photographs were processed in HDR pro in Photoshop with a few tweaks from Skylum’s Luminar 2018. HDR has come a long way and one can expect high dynamic range programs to have more natural results than before, though in this case I am just learning to get to that point. I have tried a few filters in Luminar to pick up the detail. Less intuitive than was the case with Skylum’s now discontinued Intensity CK, which was what I have used on all my photos up till now.


A Flycatcher (Two Photographs)

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Someone will tell me if I misnamed this bird. I am not a birder and I often have trouble with taxonomy in general. I am always asking for help from birders, entomologists etc. No harm done, we all have to learn sometime.


Photographing Bees (Two Photographs)

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One of the interesting things about photographing bees is that you can also get them with some great flower backgrounds. More importantly is that you get some contrast between the bee and the bright colours around it. The first photo was taken with an XT-2, a 50-140 lens and a Godox flash. The second was taken with a Nikon D500 and a 200-500 mm lens at 500mm. This is not to say you need a macro lens, it does go some way to say close-ups of insects can be done with other lenses, assuming you don’t mind cropping.


A Distracted Bird (Two Photographs)

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This was the first blackcrowned night heron I came across this year. He looked distracted and slightly overwhelmed. Well hidden on the edge of the lake I was shooting through brush to get my shot. When we walked back a short time later he was gone and it was weeks before we saw another heron.


Cardinal (Three Photographs)

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It is increasingly looking like this is my year of the cardinal. They seem easier to see this year and it may have to do with the weather and their expecting handouts. Certainly many people leave seeds for them.


Great Blue Heron (Two Photographs)

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There used to be a good half-dozen of these birds in the reserve. This year we have seen only one or two great blue herons. My guess is that the heat and torrential rains chased them away after roosting. I came to an opening on the lake and saw some great looking ducks nearby when the man beside said don’t miss the heron beside you. It was only about ten feet away. I had a chance at a few shots but when more people came along it took flight.