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Chickadees (Three Photographs)

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Every time I hear the name Chickadee, I remember the W.C. Fields film with Mae West “My Little Chickadee” and how in his inimitable voice pronounced Chickadee with a long e in more than one short film. We share the same birthday but he was long before my time. The birds for their part are everywhere and with the bad weather more apt to eat out of your hand than not. I like them because when there are no other birds to shoot they step in.


Modern With Trees (Two Photographs)

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The title is a satire of some of the titles of photographs I see in museums. They either say too much or too little. With respect to the photos, the first is of a giant tea kettle with a small conifer that is supposed to rotate, but hasn’t since the kettle was put up. The second is of a commercial building also with shiny bits that back onto a park. In both cases I chose camera angles that I thought would make these shots have the most impact.


Beaver (Three Photographs)

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The thing about beavers is their timing early or late in the day when the light is not always good enough. Secondly, they tend to be mostly under water and their iconic tails are barely visible. Thirdly, detail in their fur can be hard to get given how wet it is. Fourthly, when they stop to eat or work they close their eyes for extended periods. For a long time I could not figure out what the floating pineapples I saw were until I saw this beaver eating and the results.


Toronto (Three Photographs)

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These were taken in 2015 on a short trip to Toronto. In the absence of good weather and good subjects, I continue to go back through my catalogues to see what gems I could find. Big cities provide a lot of details worth shooting.Moreover two of these three shots, while wonderful in colour, had that level of contrast that in my view showed better in black and white. I don’t know how I missed these, my tastes must be changing.


Goose in A Mirror (Three Photographs)

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There is a phoenix like quality to this bird. In our area these Canada Geese are harbingers of spring and they stay almost until the lastminute as the cold descends in fall/winter. Their noisy call is a background to the warmer days of summer.


Straight Lines (Three Photographs)

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These are more in my post boxes and numbers series. The issue I wanted to raise is that with all the fancy transform and upright tools in editing programs, they only go so far. One thing about most buildings is that if you look closely enough there are no straight lines. I do battle with this every time and there are always anomalies, sometimes interesting in and of themselves, but often just plain annoying. Worth giving the problem a good go and get as much right as possible. But I would not warp reality to fix it.


Backgrounds (Three Photographs)

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The gull is certainly impressive but this is an article about backgrounds. These three shots of the same bird against three different backgrounds help to explain a couple of things. Books and articles on bird photography always suggests the cleanest background is best, an ideal that is hard to get. What we want is an interesting and a complimentary background. The first is as close as I could getfrom my vantage point of a clear background. The second shot gives a more textured but essentially clear background. The third makes the background part of the photographic subject, and it‘s my choice as it is more of an artistic photograph than the first two that are more birding photos. Your view may differ.