Image of the Week: Backgrounds

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  How to get a smooth background on a bird image? In brief, 1. Get low. Getting low puts the angle of the focus plane completely off the focal plane. In this image, I was level with the background, and could go no lower, based on the terrain (a boardwalk). 2. Shoot long. The longer …

Out of Focus Subject Recovery

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This image was slightly out of focus when taken; I believe that the bird had flown through the focus area. I really liked the bird’s pose, so I tried some Richardson-Lucy Deconvolution on the image. I managed to recover the image, to some degree. There’s not a whole lot of fine detail, but, it is …

Image of the Week: Great Blue Heron

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This guy was seen at Shark Valley; I tried a new sharpening method learned from Arthur Morris’ pdf, Digital Basics, https://store.birdsasart.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=252 (Home Site http://www.birdsasart-blog.com) I used what he teaches in the sharpening section. In this instance, I sharpened at 450, Radius .8, 0 Threshhold, with the image at full size. I had not tried this …

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Today’s photography lesson is persistence. When I took this image, I was leaving Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, but had my gear ready, just in case something would appear. At Lox NWR, the water levels were too high for many birds to be in the impoundments, so I left for Green Cay. Never quit …

Image of the Week #10

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Here is a view of a storm approaching over Mount Massive. At this time, I was descending (thanks to Jesus!). This view is near  the treeline on the North Elbert Trail. Mount Massive looks less massive than it should due to use of wide angle focal length, 24mm Fullframe, my 5D (16mm on 7D). This …

Your Photography System: Building an Intelligent yet Affordable Beginner System

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How to build the Intelligent yet Affordable Beginner System: A. Avoid Pitfalls! 1. Don’t buy what you don’t need. (Corallary: Know what you need and why you need it before you buy it!) There are a whole lot of shiny things out there… Don’t blow your budget on junk! Know what you need and get a …

On Size and Progress and the Mirrorless Camera

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Every so often, in the development of technological things, be they cameras or computers, telephones or even timepieces, there is an interesting  trend they all undergo: every so often, they experience a quantum leap in technology. After that quantum leap, they get iterated smaller, smaller, and smaller. Then, they leap some more, or perhaps suffer …

The 7D Mk II: Predicitons

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The 7D Mk II is a bit overdue, it would seem… I had expected originally that it would be released at Photokina, but then, Canon gave the wonderful new firmware for the 7D. At Photokina, no 7D mk II came. I was not surprised. Wherefore? The 5D mk III came out nearly 6 months after …

A Long Absence…

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It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, but, fear not! I have returned. It’s been quite a year. Time to work on this blog a little more…

Image of the Week #8

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This image was taken on Fort Lauderdale Beach with my 70-200 2.8. Shutter was open for 1/4 second. IS is wonderful! The long shutter speed permits the blurring on the waves. This image is actually a composite; the seaweed I liked from one, the waves I preferred from another.