Posts tagged “Nikon

Fall HDR

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There was time when HDR was maligned for a propensity for psychedelic colouring. The idea that you could actually achieve a more toned down result wasn’t mentioned much. I use Photoshop’s HDR function, and I find it works very well for my purposes.


On a Broom Stick

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This is my favoured pose for a dragonfly, they look like they just might be flying a stick.


Swallowtail

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With butterflies it is sometimes hard to tell if they are in flight or not. Their wings say one thing and their proboscis another.


Sunflower Visit

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You could never call this a photo of a sunflower, though that was what I was after. The Japanese beetle photobombed my composition.

 


A Muscular Bee

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This bee struck me as fairly beefy as bees go. As usual it ignored me completely, but I still got a nice portrait eyes and all.


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.