Things aren’t always what they appear to be. This daisy-like flower with its domed center and radiating petals is neither a flower nor is the center domed. This is macro view of the underside of a small orange and white pumpkin-like gourd that I converted to black and white using the Noir filter in the Nik Silver Efex collection. The convex appearing center is really the concave spot where the flower was.
Bobo did not seem particularly happy to pose for a portrait the other day but I took the photograph anyway. She was backlit from the window and I used a flash set to -2 exposure compensation. My “portrait” lens was 300mm with 1.4X teleconverter, not the usual portrait lens.
Overcast skies and flash at -2 exposure compensation produced ghost like wings on this hummer. Apt for this time of year, I suppose. That’s his tongue protruding from the tip of his beak. The feeders is just out of view to the left.
Backlit fall leaves with a Topaz Impressions chiaroscuro filter.
The water in Campbell Creek at Chugach State Park in Anchorage, AK was rushing under the German Bridge and splashing around boulders covered with icy caps but I set the camera on the bridge railing and used Manual mode with a small aperture (f/22) and a slow shutter speed (1/2.5 seconds) to calm the raging waters a little. I didn’t quite manage to get as silken an effect as I wanted but I like the results, especially after I converted the images to black and white.
This little red squirrel posed for us for quite a while along the trail in Kindcaid Park in Anchorage, AK. He was very intent on eating his berries. This little guy appeared in a previous blog post (Rocky and Bullwinkle) and in that post, the white balance is very yellow, like it was set to cloudy. I have no idea what I might have done when I processed that photograph in Photoshop because the white balance in these shots was not changed and they were taken at the same time. I must have created that post after dinner and after a couple of glasses of Zin!
My friend Melinda has reminded me about multiple exposure shots in camera. It is not as easy as I remembered it would be so I need to practice. Here are three examples. each taken with 3 shots merged into one. I hand held the first and used a tripod for the last 2 shots. I took them on different days and at different times of the day. Although each has three shots merged into one and there was only one hummingbird in evidence when I took them, for some reason, in the second shot there is a fourth body image. Obviously there is need for more experimentation.
This time of year, when the acorns are abundant, the sidewalk in front of my house is strewn with half eaten nuts and their hard cupules making my daily trek to the mail box an exercise in evasive action to avoid twisting an ankle. There are two types of creatures that are responsible for this mess: the noisy scrub jays and the curious Eastern fox squirrels. This day, the fox squirrel was especially curious. I walked a visiting friend outside and the squirrel couldn’t keep its eyes off us, darting up and down the trunks and peering over twigs and from behind leaves. When my friend drove off, I went back inside and got my camera. When I came back outside, the squirrel was perched on a rock beneath the oak tree munching on an acorn. It retreated to the safety of a tall branch but peeked at me from all angles.