Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Unexpected

Sometimes, in photography, you capture the unexpected; and sometimes, you miss it!  That's what happened last weekend when we (my hubby and I) were down at Swan Falls Dam.
I was photographing this beautiful white pelican (in not so beautiful light) and a huge fish jumped straight up out of the water and down in again, in the background of my image.  I thought I may have captured it and was excited to check and see, but sadly, it was not there.  I did get the splash it made though, as you can see in this image.  That's the one that got away that day, both from myself and this pelican that was unaware the event even took place.

  
I think these unpredictable moments are one thing that keeps me going back out in nature; being at the right time and in the right place to capture or yes perhaps, even miss capturing something spectacular.  A rainbow, an elusive animal or one you've never seen or photographed before, a bolt of lightening, etc...The fact that you get to see incredible things, whether you capture them or not is such a thrill!  Nature provides so many fun experiences and it always keeps me wanting to go back out for more of the unexpected...even if it gets away.

Have you had an unexpected moment you captured or even one that you missed?  I'd love to hear your story!  Tell me about it in the comments.

Great Gray Owl

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hummingbird is hatching!

At the time of this post a hummingbird is hatching live on the webcam! Check it out!  
http://www.ustream.tv/worldofhummingbirds

Monday, February 29, 2016

New birds to my yard?


Last fall, we had our trees trimmed and we've either had birds that are new to our yard or we can finally see well enough, now that the overgrown trees are trimmed, that we are seeing birds we haven't seen before. This is the first Brown Creeper I've seen in our yard.


I've only seen a Downy woodpecker in my yard a handful of times over the decade I've lived in my current home.  This is the first time I've captured an image of one though.  I'm excited to see what new birds spring brings this year!  What birds are in your yard? Let me know by leaving a comment.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

American White Pelican at Swan Falls Dam

I saw this American White Pelican recently when I was down at Swan Falls Dam.  I think it's a cool looking bird and I was surprised to find it there.  I love how the early morning light cast a nice glow on the scene and the reflections.  I love reflections!  I like this close-up shot very much, but I think the ones with the dam in the background add a bit more interest.
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In this second image, I included the dam in the background to get a sense of place and the environment where I found the bird.  I really like the compression of the environmental shot and the clarity of my subject in both shots that I got from my new lens.
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I added a filter in Adobe Lightroom 5 to this version of the image to add an erosion effect that makes the image seem much older than it is.  I also added a canvas-type textured look to the image.
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This last version of the image was converted to black and white.  It's hard for me to choose a favorite. 
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Which version of this image do YOU like best?  I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts. Please let me know in the comments.


  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Great Blue Heron

  

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Evening Meal

I recently captured this wren at Dedication Park, just south of Kuna, Idaho.  It's mate was waiting for supper and after I took this picture, this bird faithfully delivered the meal to its mate, which I assume was for some tiny family members since it quickly disappeared from view.  I love the way the light was causing a glow on the edges of the bird, rim lighting is one of my favorite types of light.


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