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Feeling Fowl – Part 1

I have been dying to use that for a post name!

These are all the bird images I shot while at the Tampa Bay Aquarium. Just been sitting on them for a while as I worked out through other images and got the composite image bug out of my system. While it started yesterday because I was on an airplane, the next couple days are all pre-loads since I’ll be in either Tijuana, Mexico or San Diego, California. I can cross the border easily between the countries. Just staying in Mexico because its cheaper but will split time equally.

So enjoy the next few posts!

Feeling Fowl

Feeling Fowl

Feeling Fowl

Feeling Fowl

Feeling Fowl

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Architecture Black and White Flowers Landscapes Nature Travel-Tourism

Sanibel Island

Road out to Sanibel Island today with my Dad and the weather wasn’t great.  There was a storm coming in so only snapped a few shots off.  It’s 50% color and 50% black and white.

Sanibel Island
Lighthouse on Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island
Color on the Beach
Sanibel Island
Bridge to Sanibel with a wee bit of drama.
Sanibel Island
I see you.

 

 

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Nature

Solo Seagull

After leaving the Flock of Seagulls, Tim found his solo career floundering.  It sounds better than it was one of the few pics that turned out while I was goofing around with the Canon 400D and the Tamron 18-200.

Solo Seagul
Canon 400D, 149mm, ISO 400, f/8.0, 1/320
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Nature

Feeding Time

Old image that I had and shot a while back.  My editing skills weren’t as good back then so I tweaked it and ran it through Color Efex and forgot the settings I used but they were under nature.  Did a massive crop to get the bird in focus then turned on the 1×1 crop to make it look a bit cleaner.  The final edit was a frame added.  I admit to being inspired by Bella Remy Photography to do a bit more editing than is my normal.

Feeding Time
Canon XSi, 200mm, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/320
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Landscapes Nature

The Nature Walk

I had a choice to make of going to the gym yesterday or taking a walk and skipping the gym. I went for the walk as implied by the title of this post. So I had a choice to make; take a micro 4/3 camera or use the neglected Canon 5DMKII I own and rarely shoot with. I went with the Canon because I wanted to play with a Yashica 135 2.8 lens that I own. I had bought it for my micro 4/3 cameras but the lens was too heavy for those smaller bodies so I had bought an adapter for the Canon and put it on there. I have to use the lens completely manually so I set the aperture for 5.6 and the ISO for 400 and then adjusted the shutter speed based on the light meter in the camera. If I had to I could use a light meter app I have on my phone to get a reading but the in-camera did fine.

I also went with the camera to see if I could still shoot stuff other than people and go back to manually focusing a lens.  I cut my teeth with manual focusing on micro 4/3 cameras with adapters but the Canon has an optical viewfinder instead of an electronic so it made things a bit more of a challenge.  I wasn’t chimping so much to look at my images, instead I was looking at the histogram to see how accurate the meter was (it wasn’t always).  While I love my micro 4/3 cameras to death and I will use them 90% of the time, there is something about the Canon 5DMKII that the micro 4/3 cameras just don’t have.  There is a richness to the images that I just can’t reproduce in the micro 4/3 gear.

So enjoy my nature walk.