Posts tagged “Nikon

Back-lit Bird

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Back-lit subjects can be a problem. Normally I try to avoid the halo of light around the subject but sometimes it enhances the photo. Opening up the shadows, applying contrast is a technique I use often. In this case I was working to make sure the texture of the water stood out.


Great Blue Heron (Two Photographs)

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My lens followed this bird as it walked up onto this tree trunk. Every shot I took (over 30) had some issue, usually a branch that obscured a part of the bird. Even this shot required an application of de-hazing to get just that little bit better. At this stage the bird was shaking the fish quite violently and fortunately my shutter speed was high enough to stop motion. It’s challenges like these that make nature photography fun, something your audience probably won’t see in the final product. I tried this shot in black and white (see below) not quite the same impact.


Late Buds (Two Photographs)

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When the cold days of early spring give way to warmer weather, we again begin to see new buds appear. My effort here was to keep the impression of the cool weather. I did this by ensuring that the colours remained cool (blueish) and not get saturated by the processing software. In the black and white I tried to retain this feeling by how I managed the shadows.


Eastern Grey Squirrel (Two Photographs)

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As they sense the winter coming on, and after spending the year learning that humans will feed them, the eastern greys are easier to spot and photograph. They wait hoping you will feed them. I found the wary look engaging. The fall colour distracted the eye from the subject so I chose black and white.


Tulips and Impact (Three Photographs)

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Everyone wants their photographs to have impact on their audience; to stand out, speak up, impress, and be remarkable in some way. One of the ways is isolating the subject from its peers. And a useful technique is the vignette, or as I have used here, the radial dial in Lightroom to darken virtually all but the main subject. Either subtle or more heavy-handed, the objective is the same; to put your subject clearly in front of your audience.


Wood Ducks (Two Photographs)

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In my view, somethings look better in black and white, even when colour is a fundamental element of their make-up. This is a case in point, the colour version is not as dramatic as the black and white.


Great Blue Heron (Two Photographs)

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The same bird cropped differently and in colour and black and white. Working like this lets you see the options you have for a final piece of work; the Portrait format in colour for a magazine or book, and the black and white more for framing on a wall.