Archive for the ‘Thoughts’ Tag

Friday Funnies – September 28th

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Huh??  Peanuts?  You have PEANUTS!

Don’t ever forget that nature can be as close as your own backyard, you need to take the time to notice.

This little chipmunk got very comfortable with us over the summer, running right up to us as long as we didn’t’ make any sudden moves.  Bringing his family along with him, he got very used to the nuts we’d bring.

Look a little closer, and find some of the wild in your own backyard or neighborhood.

Stay in focus,

Mark

Revisit Your Work

2010 Edit

What a difference three years can make!

I mentioned in a previous post to never go back and delete your older work – always save it as a reference of how far your photography skills have come.  I still hold firmly to that statement, even though your previous work may be obviously sub-par to your current capabilities – keep it as a timeline of your progression in the hobby.  There is another reason, however, why you might want to go back and revisit some of your previous work  . . . your editing skills have probably improved significantly.

Go back and take a look at some of your older images – ones that you still feel have pretty solid photographic elements – take an original copy of that photo and reprocess it as you would do it today.  You may be very surprised at how far you’ve come.

The opening image in this set is from an air show three years ago.  The image capture is pretty solid, with good exposure – and it demonstrates my processing skills circa 2009.  The picture below is the same image, processed with my 2012 skill sets – the difference in skill growth is obvious to me in several areas:

  • Composition: a much better crop demonstrates a better grasp and positioning of the main subject
  • Contrast: more detail (that was in the original image) is now popping out
  • Selective editing: sharpening, shadow work and color corrections are now applied to only the areas that need them

2012 Edit

So don’t go back into your past albums and delete any of your images – but do go back and revisit some of them.  You’ll be amazed at your progress – and may just find some hidden gems waiting for your contemporary skills to be applied.

Stay in focus,

Mark

Friday Funnies – April 20th

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Kick Me!  I’ll Kick Ya Back – Get Out Of My Pond!

Another lesson in always being ready for the action.  The Coot on the left was being mercilessly chased by the other for about five minutes – you knew something had to give.  Sure enough, the “chasee” turned around and proceeded to kick the snot out of the “chaser” – and those are some serious feet to get kicked with!

I almost left this pond, but decided to hang around just in case.  It’s a good thing I was prepared, this brawl was over in about 15 seconds!

Stay in focus,

Mark

Friday Funnies – April 13th

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No, REALLY  . . . It Was THIS BIG!!

Courtship and mating season are an awesome time for wildlife photographers, I love the shows that are put on!  Many species are at their most colorful and you can always count on a fight breaking out early on.

Males can suffer in many ways, loosing a fight is just one of them.  I’ve seen many male Cormorants (like the ones above) put on the most detailed courtship dance . . . to a female that could care less, or wose yet – to one that was “already married”!

It’s spring, and love is in the air!

Stay focused,

Mark

Friday Funnies – April 6th

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Yea, You’d Better Run!!!!

One of the neat benefits about nature photography is the opportunity to observe the creatures you’re seeking to capture.  We can spend so much time around our subjects that we learn a tremendous amount about their behavior through the long hours of observation.  Over time, I’ve learned (and enjoyed) the courtship rituals of many birds and water fowl.  I can usually tell when a fight is going to breakout – or when I fish has been spied by a heron.

In addition to just being plain down right fascinating, you can use this behavioral information to your advantage.  I’d been watching a mating pair of Canada Geese as I saw another one looking for a place to land.  I knew if he landed too close to the others that he was going to get run off.  I prepared for the opportunity and was easily able to get a nice series of shots.

Waiting around for the perfect shot can either be boring or educational – your choice!

Stay in focus,

Mark

Friday Funnies – March 16th

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Just Hanging Around . . . Waiting for a Chance to Split

Sometimes you just never know what the lens of your camera will find – so take it as it comes!

I’ve seen others create images with this pose – and have actively tried to get my own for the past several years with no success.  While chasing a Wood Duck recently (also with no success) – this little fellow decided to pose right in front of me for a few seconds.

  • First lesson learned:  All the shots you’re looking for will come your way . . . but it will be in nature’s time, not necessarily yours.
  • Second lesson learned:  That shot may come your way and only stay for a moment – so be prepared.  Understand your equipment, settings and exposure requirements intimately so you can switch on the fly – and take advantage of the beauty nature has chosen to place in front of you.

Stay in focus,

Mark

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