Tag Archives: Connecticut River

Red Wing In The Reeds (Breaking Composition Rules)

This is one of those series of images where personal taste and style take over . Wildlife photography, birds in particular, has a basic rule that the subject should be as close as possible. Fill the photograph if you can.

Red Wing In The Reeds - Click To Enlarge
Red Wing In The Reeds – Click To Enlarge

I don’t always agree. Many of my photographs have the subject further away and the surrounding environment just as prominent.

Red Wing In The Reeds - Click To Enlarge
Red Wing In The Reeds – Click To Enlarge

Composition rule of thirds ‘usually’ (not above) is used. I will crop a photo, then pull back until some type perspective is included.

Red Wing In The Reeds - Click To Enlarge
Red Wing In The Reeds – Click To Enlarge

The reeds here made it more interesting, gave a sense of where the bird was, and I even liked the rough texture here.

Connecticut Vulture

Photographed this bird sitting on a small limb over looking the Connecticut River.

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Connecticut Vulture – Click To Enlarge

From my spot I was able to get close to about 5 vultures. However, even after a few took flight I still could not ID what type. I’m thinking Turkey Vulture by what I remember of the wings as the flew off.

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Connecticut Vulture – Click To Enlarge

 

 

White-throated Sparrow

I captured this bird by chance. EJ was further up a trail chasing something, and as usual I hung back. I know it’s most likely a woodpecker. I admit to looking past them most times for something a little different.

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White-throated Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

The sparrow was hopping around and looking at me, so I took his photo.

White-throated Sparrow - Click To Enlarge
White-throated Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

I usually don’t stalk these locals, but I’m not going to miss a chance for a photo either.

 

Under Founders Bridge

This is a popular location with Hartford area photographers.  I have not used Color Efex Pro developing much so thought I would try it with a shot that had potential for textures and contrast.

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Under Founders Bridge – Click To Enlarge

Standing on the east bank of the Connecticut river you can look straight across, and under the bridge, to the Hartford side.

I resisted realigning the shot, every tool has this image straight. To my eye it looks a little off, and annoying even. But the levels and grids say no. Any thoughts?

If I Don’t Move He Won’t See Me

Before this we had watched an Osprey fish, a Bald Eagle and Osprey fight in mid air, did I mention the Otter !!! Total wrong spot for anything but being a spectator for days. Frustrating!

New England Chipmunk - Click To Enlarge
New England Chipmunk – Click To Enlarge

Then this little guy posed for us on the trail.

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New England Chipmunk – Click To Enlarge
New England Chipmunk - Click To Enlarge
New England Chipmunk – Click To Enlarge

These little guys can always make you laugh. So again it proves if you don’t go out you will never get the shot.

Small Song Sparrow

I have developed a bad habit of looking right past the ‘little locals’ . EJ is keeping me on point since I’m pretty sure she would rather photograph a little Downy than an Eagle.

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Song Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

Our out doors time has been very limited lately and even a short walk in small woods is an adventure now. I heard this guy long before I spotted him.

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This little bird reminded me to slow down and look around. Besides, EJ is like having a pointer. Watch her lens and follow the direction.

Song Sparrow - Click To Enlarge
Song Sparrow – Click To Enlarge