Red Crowned Crane

Red Crowned Crane by mypixelizedview
Red Crowned Crane, a photo by mypixelizedview on Flickr.

This is also a photo from the Columbus Zoo. When I take zoo photos, most of the time, I try to compose them in such a way as they don’t look like they were shot at a zoo. This is what I felt was a nice peaceful shot that could easily be in or out of a zoo.

On the photo itself, I really liked the line of the little stone wall as it curved through the photo, and also how clear the crane is.

What do you think?

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Humboldt Penguin

Humboldt Penguin by mypixelizedview
Humboldt Penguin, a photo by mypixelizedview on Flickr.

I am trying out something a little bit new here, I am attempting to post from flickr to the blog, so we will see how this formats and works.

This is a Humboldt Penguin I photographed at the Columbus Zoo. First, I have to say their zoo is amazing, but secondly, I loved these guys. I really love all the different colors in his feathers as the light reflects off the water on him.

I hope everyone enjoys this guy as much as I am, it’s one of my current favorite photos I’ve taken in a while.

Canon T3i, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 640, 300mm

Pelican Dance

Sometimes, photos look like something they definitely aren’t.  For example, here’s a photo of a Pelican about to land on a rope.  To me, it looks like the pelican is dancing.  What do you think?

Canon T3i, f/6.3, 1/1000sec, ISO-160, 300mm

 

On a side note, I really love the colors of this photo.  I think the ocean has a really great almost teal color, and the browns and yellows in the pelican’s feathers really appeal to me.

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.

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