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2 Masted Schooner

Shooting a long distance and getting a good photo is not always easy, no matter what equipment you have. Light glare on water is problematic. And the real wild card is the ‘air’ itself. Hot days can kill any focus or color.

2 Masted Schooner Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
2 Masted Schooner Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

Of course a beautiful schooner with full sails always shows up in these conditions.

2 Masted Schooner Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
2 Masted Schooner Connecticut – Click To Enlarge
2 Masted Schooner Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
2 Masted Schooner Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

All of the above photographs were shot with a long lens, between 350mm to 500mm, in hazy bright sunshine on the shore.

I love sailing ships and did not want to lose the shots. So I made some simple updates during processing.

American Kestrel

This is a smaller bird and easy to miss. It is a member of the Falcon family.

A little earlier I had noticed a bird chasing the bands of Plovers around the pond. I didn’t pay much attention since it was about the same size and there were numerous Egrets and Herons standing near by.

American Kestrel Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
American Kestrel Connecticut – Click To Enlarge
American Kestrel Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
American Kestrel Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

Several Crows chased a bird in a tree overhead and I quickly shot a few frames before they all took off at once. Crows and noise generally means they are harassing a raptor of some kind. In this case a pretty small one.

The branch between us takes away from the image. But it is the first Kestrel I’ve photographed. Added here since many people are not even aware of this small Falcon that lives nearby.

Same Place – Same Time – Different Look

All 4 images here were shot within minutes of each other. The look is very different between the 2 sets of photographs.

The first 2 were shot using a solid ND filter, light tint towards blue.

Connecticut River Solid ND Filter - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut River Solid ND Filter – Click To Enlarge
Connecticut River Solid ND Filter - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut River Solid ND Filter – Click To Enlarge

The second set used a filter, a standard #4,  however it was a graduated filter. The top part of the filter being darker to soften the bright sky and prevent over exposure.

Connecticut River ND Grad #4 Filter - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut River ND Grad #4 Filter – Click To Enlarge
Connecticut River ND Grad #4 Filter - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut River ND Grad #4 Filter – Click To Enlarge

I have several other filter types but I find most changes too drastic. These seem to work fine during a bright day (especially around water).

 

Flying In To The Cove

Over 3 feet tall with a 5 foot wing span. This is a pretty big bird. However look close here and you will see they can’t weigh much of anything, all bones.

Great Egret Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge

As the summer comes to an end there seem to be dozens in the coves and inlets along the river and shore. I don’t ever remember seeing this many, but no complaints. I’ll photo as many as I can before they head south.

Then I’ll just need to go find them down there.

 

Still Water Pond

Recently while walking through a small wildlife preserve we came across a hidden pond. What made this pond special was how totally still the water was. There was not a ripple, bubble,  the water was crystal clear. The day was dull, over cast, the air close and hot which is probably why it was so glass like.

These images show the before and after processing / developing. After the file was ‘cleaned up’ I found it interesting. Technically the photo was taken at a bad angle, the lens (150mm) completely wrong, and the exposure probably too light for the location.

Still Water Pond - Click To Enlarge
Still Water Pond – Click To Enlarge

The raw image above makes it hard to see where the land ends and water begins. That was the interest, the reflections, behind this shot. Having only the large lens made it impossible to get any real perspective, there was no place to even change where I was standing.

Still Water Pond - Click To Enlarge
Still Water Pond – Click To Enlarge

The updated image above had the bushes, leaves, and pond bank sharpened and clarity increased. Once done the photo was much closer to what I actually saw. This was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

 

The Lost & Found (1)

We take photographs almost every day.  Even deleting the obvious poor quality shots there are still an enormous amount of images to review and develop/process. If I have many with the same subject I will ignore or never even look at it some.

I always stumble on a few at a later date and like them all over again. The Egret top of this page was a beautiful bird. This image was one of several and probably the first nice one was published with the others ignored to spend needed time on another subject.

So I now will have a ‘Lost & Found’ article once in a while. They  will be collections that for one reason or another were passed by.

Please click an image above to view the gallery.