I recently took advantage of Nik Software’s price reduction on the entire collection and am really liking it. This is the first time ever using any of Nik Software’s products and I must say I’m impressed. This photo of a Canadian Goose reflected in water was processed with Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4. Please click on image to view larger.
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The Great Egret is a fascinating bird and one I’ve never encountered until just recently. When I was out taking photographs last Saturday I not only saw a Great Blue Heron but 3 great Egret. I wasn’t able to get close enough to the Egrets for any usable photos that day but returned to the same spot today and to my surprise…6 Great Egret! One in particular was so focused on his hunting that it let me get close enough for some decent pics despite the rain and dark overcast. Here is a series of 8 photos taken today. Click on the images to view larger.
After watching him in the trees for a while I left for just a bit and came back to find him down in the water hunting.
It was really fun to watch this one hunt. Standing perfectly still and then striking lightning fast. Although at times it would kind of wobble its head and neck. I’m learning quit a lot about them as I go. A good resource I use is The Cornell Lab of Ornithology @ http://www.allaboutbirds.org.
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As per my usual Saturday morning routine, I was up early and out to one of my favorite places to take wildlife photos. I knew it was going to be a productive day when the first thing I saw when I arrived at my chosen site were 3 Great Egret! Of course as soon as I was within 100 yards of them they flew off. I got my self blinded up and waited and waited….and waited. To my delight the Egret returned and brought a Great Blue Heron with them! I’ll let my pictures tell the rest of the story…….
He’s Getting closer and closer!
Oh Crap, I think he see’s me!
It was sure fun while it lasted! If you enjoyed my post please comment and share with others. I welcome your feedback. You can click on each image to view larger.
I was out enjoying the fresh snow today and came upon several Robins having a good time snacking on berries. They actually let me walk right up to them to within about 5 feet. Here are a few of my favorites. I was using my Nikon D300s with Nikon 300 mm f4 lens and Nikon 1.4X teleconverter, handheld. Hope you enjoy them!
I’m sure every photographer has an image or two they thought was not quite good enough to post for one reason or another but just couldn’t get themselves to discard it. Well such is the case with this photo. This pic of a Canada goose I thought was just not sharp enough to post but liked it and I didn’t want to delete it. I’ve recently seen other photographers using a painting effect on their photos and thought it was really cool. So when I came across this Photoshop plugin which I learned about in Martin Belan’s (@MartinBelan) recent Blog post (http://blog.martinbelan.com/2013/02/using-akvis-artwork-to-create-gouache-paintings-from-your-photos/) I thought I would try it.
Here is the result I got applying an oil painting effect to the photograph using Akvis Artwork plugin in Photoshop.
I think the final result was pretty good. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.
I’m looking forward to summer and the return of our little speedy friends that visit our backyard. Here is one of the photos I got this past year….not easy to get at first let me tell ya but like anything it gets easier with practice and a lot of patience.
The deer in Illinois are sometimes very hard to see let alone get close enough to photograph but I did manage to get a decent shot the other day after a brief snow. They do blend in well with their environment!