View from my kitchen window ...
... Holiday Moon
Sorry about being away for a bit - started working, had computer glitch, now have new computer and wonderful monitor! This shot taken after dinner through double-pane window (room dark) of the full moon rising over a nearby pond showing some very nice holiday lights reflections. The odd cast to the image probably comes from the window. This was a fairly long exposure. Comments and suggestions welcome. Note-I was one floor above ground so going outside to shoot didn't get the same view.
Winter waterfall (uploaded from phone-not good idea!)
These photos were taken in daylight conditions but there was an enormous amount of detail in the rocks which I found very distracting. So lowered the lightness/chroma settings and increased the 'darkness' of the shadows and midtones. The stream feeding this fall runs through a prairie and has cut a hole in the ground about 15 ft tall by 20 or so feet wide. No way I'd visit it at night (probably would fall in rather than walk in) even though there was a great a full moon recently.
Bi-Weekly Challenge: Tips and Tricks
Just a note about photographing birds - it takes time! First you need to know where they are going to be, then get setup before they arrive, be very still and wait for what may seem forever. For every photo that's worth looking at I probably take 10 that aren't.
These were taken through my kitchen window (kept clean inside and outside). There's a dogwood tree and an open source of water just a couple of feet away. I cover the bottom portion of the window to minimize being visible to the birds and shoot in the morning before background gets too bright. I use a 55-200mm zoom kit lens and usually f8 ISO 200 or 400 speed 1/250, editing usually just cropping. The real trick is to "catch a moment" - shoot when the bird is doing something. First photo shows this better than second one (more a portrait).
I'm still working on photographing trees planted in rows and with NX2 photo editing tools.
I think Windbreak 01 is too saturated. Interested in your comments. BTW-these were shot at ISO 100, f29, focal length of 18, shutter speed of 20 seconds or so just after sunrise (not on same day).
I guess further explanation is in order-when these photos were taken the only light was from straight ahead and a bit from above. Lighting the foreground trees seems illogical to me-they weren't in the light. I'm trying to get a feeling of excitment that the first light of day gives. I'll post the originals later tomorrow for comparison.
"Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you." (Huron Indian saying)
So got some interesting comments - here are some followup shots
original photo a little dark so increased brightness and saturation --> Walker saturation adjustment
original photo might need additional cropping --> Trees cropped in color
maybe original should be in B&W --> Trees cropped B&W
Personally I have problems with the cropped versions; the horizon cuts the image in half horizontally. So here's the original shot in B&W with contrast adjusted to minimize the horizon --> Trees B*W contrast adjustment The effect of the B&W versions is somewhat ominous - which is pretty neat!
Still working with snow ...
... view from my basement early this morning (had to work quickly because fog was lifting) --> Backyard_008
After taking several with camera on automatic (which were OK but had 'hot spot'), tried manual settings
- speed 1/500
- EV 0.0
- aperture f8
- focal length 122mm
I did change the saturation and hue settings using Capture NX2. Would appreciate comments on composition (this is not cropped), editing, etc.
Here's a B&W version --> Backyard_008bw