Shadows- Dahlia in Black & White

Copyright © 2014 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

DEDPXL03 Shadows I am following Zack Arias’ Dedpxl Assignment Group over on Flickr. There’s a new assignment each month. I hoped it would be challenging enough to get me out of my box, and teach me to “see” more creatively.  It has been very challenging. Especially this assignment on Shadows. I’m seeing shadows everywhere, but not much has moved me or struck me as being compelling enough to make an image.

This Single Flower Dahlia was sitting on my patio when the afternoon light hit it. I thought it was interesting and held possibilities so I grabbed my camera and began shooting it from all angles. Then I thought to clip a single blossom off the plant and image it out on the patio and play with the shadows and light. This image is from that session.

This assignment wraps up on June 14th. Zack will be posting the Critique, and Future Assignments here

Nikon D700| AF-D Nikkor 105mm f2.8 micro| Hand-held

Developed in CS6, Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, Nik Color Efex Pro4

Willow Flycatcher

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Willow Flycatcher- I thinkWhile out birding for Sandhill Cranes and other birds that are migrating to Central California for the winter I got a quick glimpse of this little Flycatcher. I got three rapid bursts off before a Black Phoebe came flying in to chase this bird off the post.

This is a first sighting of this bird for me. I think it’s a Willow Flycatcher. Please correct me if I’m wrong. If it is a Willow Flycatcher it too is wintering here from the Northeast, Mountain, and Northwest states.

I saw him at 3:30pm when the shadows were getting long, and cloudy, diffused light was getting more golden by the minute. I was shooting at f8 to get as much in focus as I could which resulted in this photo being a bit under-exposed, noisy, and a bit soft.  I like the painterly effect it’s given the image.

I boosted the contrast,opened up the exposure value, sharpened, and did a little noise clean up when I developed this image.

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 300mm f/4 @ f/8| 1/1250s| ISO 500| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Hand-held shot through an open window of the car.

An image I took of the Phoebe taking control of the post. I wasn’t quite fast enough to get the whole Flycatcher in the frame.

Pheobe_5494Yesterday was Veteran’s Day in the States and while at lunch we were lucky enough to see  the last few passes of an Air Show in honor of our Veterans. Here are some photos I snapped before our lunch arrived.

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single plane veterans day_5197

two planes veterans day_5177

Nikon D300s| Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4