Tag Archives: Colorful

A Barred Owl

The other day while out we bumped into a few photographer friends who also needed to get moving. Weather has been steadily getting colder and us of the southern climes tend to hide a little now. Freah air was needed.

It turned into a small 6 person tour of the wood/swamp. Not a single one of us trying to be quiet.

This owl didn’t seem to care.

A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl

I think he was hoping we would walk by and leave him in peace, and we almost did since only one of us was paying any attention.

A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl

With the exception of the first image the owl was watching the ‘traveling circus’ with the big cameras. Of which I was not one at this time.

A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl

Half asleep he was paying attention to the others, I had just fell behind and moved a bit into the woods.

A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl

The Owl watched us all but was bored and could hardly keep his eyes open.

We all took a gazillion photographs, most all useless I guess since the light was gone quickly.

However, the Owl fell asleep and we moved on since this really wasn’t about photography at all. It was a chance meeting of friends, photographers, and lots of laughs.

At each others expense of course.

Great Blue Flight

This is one of my favorite subjects.

Long, lean, and elegant in flight.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

They can be surprisingly fast, especially so if close and trying to fit them into your viewfinder.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

This time of year it’s difficult to get these photographs. Early spring is best when they are out looking for nesting sites.

Great Blue Heron, Charleston, South Carolina.

White Ibis, Fall Colors

These photographs were taken at a marsh north of our usual haunts.

White Ibis, Fall Colors
White Ibis, Fall Colors

In the past I had always associated White Ibis with Florida. Most people still do. They actually spend time much further north.

This coastal marsh is not far from the North Carolina border.

White Ibis, Fall Colors
White Ibis, Fall Colors

Knee Deep Tricolor

For some reason he did not fly off. Just the opposite, he plodded right through the marsh. Tricolored Herons, when adult, have ‘ruby red’ eyes. They are amazing.

I judge a Tricolored photograph by how vivid the eye colors, and neck feathers are. A young bird has a less colorful eye, but more distinct shading on their neck.

Knee Deep Tricolor
Knee Deep Tricolor

I’m certainly OK with this shot.

 

Shadows And Light

These images are all about finishing the process. The photograph starts the flow, then depending on the subject post processing completes it. Not that all my, or others, photographs get heavy editing. But some will require it.

Shadows And Light
Shadows And Light

These are images that I had set aside for a rainy day project. It rained, got cold, hence the project.

Shadows And Light
Shadows And Light

Basically the photo was shot in a RAW format, light and contrast updated in Adobe Lightroom, NIK was used for some shading, and finally a bit of fine tuning again in Lightroom.

Not as complicated as it sounds. Over time I have created my own custom ‘themes’, or presets, in all my editing software. I start with a custom set and fine tune from there.

Shadows And Light
Shadows And Light