Sanderling Vibrance

Sometimes you just should let a photo stand alone, maybe not a large story with it…

Canon T3i, ISO 400, 210mm, f/14, 1/800 sec

Substantial editing in Lightroom to take out all the color but that of the Sanderling and then add a slight sepia tone. I decided to do this when I really liked the B&W version and my wife suggested to just B&W the water.  Here’s the B&W version.

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Deep in Thought

So the thing all photographers fear happened to me.  My hard drive crashed and I was racked with fear.  Luckily, I had recently implemented a backup solution (within a month ago) so the timing couldn’t have been better.  I saved all my RAWs, all my family photos, and the general edited versions of photos that I kept as a kind of screensaver (the ones I really liked).  Unfortunately, the many photos I had queued up to put on the blog when I found time to write, were all gone.  So, I’ve had to start over on that.

Instead of just picking the same photos I did before, I started to look through again, some of the photos that I wanted to experience and really decide what was worthwhile to post.  As it is now, my blog has been about learning.  Posting something that may or may not be my best work, but to get feedback and to share my learning experiences so others may be able to learn from them.  I’m in the process of deciding if I want to continue doing that, or if I want to just put up what I think are my “best shots”.

I love that people comment on my blog, but currently, most of my feedback is affirmation, “Love the bird, great shot, and keep it up” type comments, which I appreciate and they help me keep the desire to continue the blog.  However, my purpose was for people to see what I had done and suggest ways to improve, compositional changes, technical camera changes and editing changes.  While I got a bit of that in the beginning, I even went and would repost shots with changes in editing made to see how the feedback worked for me, it seems that has stopped happening.  So, I guess I need to decide what I want my blog to be, as I don’t feel it is fulfilling my current purpose, which is to get a group of minds together, to learn from one another, to constructively give feedback and to improve together.

Anyway, I’m taking my time right now, I’m living a busy life, and I’m seriously considering what I want to do with this site.  I’m deep in thought, staring off in the distance and trying to come to a decision.

Canon T3i, ISO 100, 210mm, f/6.3, 1/1000

Anhinga Drying

I had a lot of trouble identifying what kind of bird this was, but I believe that it is an Anhinga that is drying.  Their feathers are not waterproof like many birds that hunt fish underwater, so once it has finished hunting, it must come out and dry itself before it can fly well.  Here is an Anhinga drying itself so it can take off after a hunt.  I particularly like the reflection in the water of him.  This is one of my favorite photos from Captiva.

Canon T3i, f5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO – 1000, 300mm

Osprey Nest

You may be asking yourself, who is this guy and where are his posts?  The answer is I’m nobody, and I’m lazy. 😛

Regardless, here is a photo from Captiva Florida.  Apparently Osprey Nests were everywhere in the area, and so as we passed one, I got the evil eye from one of their tenants.  In typical considerate fashion, I then took its picture.  So here is me getting the evil eye from an Osprey.

Canon T3i, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO 125, 210mm

Nom Nom Half a Fish

So, as we were out on a cruise ship enjoying our dolphinless dolphin cruise, we came upon an osprey nest, and out flew this osprey with half a fish in his claw!  The sad part is that instead of having a decent distance lens on my camera, I had my 50mm for taking photos of the dolphins who tend to play very close to the boats (when they show up).  So unfortunately, while I did grab a photo of this guy, to make the fish visible, I had to crop severely, and I could have taken this one as an up close and personal shot.  I’m sad about the lack of fine detail do to the distance, but still, I was so amazed to see the half fish in his claws, I just had to post this one up.  So here goes, an osprey who had his dinner interrupted by our cruise.

Canon T3i – f/4.5, 1/1000sec, ISO-100, 50mm

And just to show how severely cropped that is, here’s the original