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Chairs

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This is part of an art installation on a major shopping street just a bit above where the busy shops are found. They are functional as well as art (though being metal I guess they would be very hot or very cold in our weather). I thought I’d add a bit of my own style to a part of the scene.


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.


Garden Flowers (Two Photographs)

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Given the intense heat this summer I‘ve taken some short walks in the city to take photographs of flower gardens. Most of the gardens seem to be growing wild, certainly healthy. Some interesting shots were had. I have been selecting photographs whose histograms favour the left (darker) and then processing them normally. This seems to work well with fuji files in the adobe colour space.


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.


Exposure Bracketing (Three Photographs)

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I once saw an educational video of a street photographer and one of his tips was to bracket shots for exposure. The Fuji XT-2 allows for this and I decided to try despite the increase in files and download time it would mean. Essentially my camera is taking three underexposed shots and one normal and three overexposed shots every time I press the shutter release. These three shots are on the darker side of the camera‘s recommended exposure. I believe the darker shots are more interesting. You learn something new everyday. I have a lot more to learn with respect to bracketing but there is something to this approach.


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.