Bird Photography: A More Dramatic Way of Lighting

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An article I read yesterday concisely stated how I had been feeling, and said why: http://www.naturescapes.net/articles/opinions/getting-out-of-your-bird-photography-rut/ This article by Greg Basco discusses how the modern concept of a good bird image, in most peoples’ minds, is quite stale. The point-your-shadow-at-the-bird advice has merit for a very beginner, and can greatly help a person understand the …

A Different View…

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  The key to getting different images is to see differently. The key to seeing differently is to think uniquely. Different images stand out; they catch eyes, and hold viewers. The making of this image required significant pre-thought. I studied the lighthouse of St. Marks, and looked at the area on maps.google.com for a while, …

A slightly new method…

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I am trying a new processing method: rather flat, low contrast, with smooth tones. Let me know how you like it! Image taken in Everglades National Park at Mrazek Pond, with soft lighting from a mostly overcast sky. Mrazek Pond is nearly useless in full sunlight in the morning, due to the only angle one …

Florida State Parks Annual Family Pass: OVERPRICED!!!

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An America the Beautiful Pass is only 80 USD!!! This pass gives a person access to all federal recreational lands with no further fee (unless they try to bring in a canoe, which gets them for extra!). This vast freedom includes all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national monuments, and other related lands and facilites. …

Color Harmony: Cool Dominant Color Harmony

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This is a cool dominant color harmony image. The neck and bill of the reddish egret provides the warm accent, with the remainder of the image, both subject and setting, are cool. The overall effect of using green and blue together is very soothing; the warmth adds a mellow balance.

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 ┬áthe 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 …