21 Sept. Cockiness and an Error......

by Russell Smith September. 21, 2019 277 views

I went to the park a bit later in the morning 10ish A.M. I was expecting the light to be well mid morning light nothing special so I went with the mindset of I need to get out in nature and see what birds I can see . Well I walked down to the Canoe Dock and looked around. Glinting on top of a small stick caught my eye. So I got one shot just so I would have the first shot in the can so to speak. I don't know about you but the first shot on the card or on the roll of film makes me feel better. Well I wanted to get lower and the dock is narrow maybe a meter or less wide. I second guessed myself and said 1/500 would be good keep in mind if I jumped from iso-400 to 800 I could have gotten 1/1000 shutter speed and still been good on noise. I grabbed the shots I wanted with the camera and lens a few inches off the water.

Basking in the warm morning light.

Basking in the warm morning light.

I love the colors and the framing of this shot. Maybe if I am lucky the export at 1980 pixels on the long side might conceal my issue maybe not. The photo looks reasonably sharp until you look at it in a 100% zoom. Then you can see the slight shake of the camera or slight blur. I may print this one just to see what it looks like in a print maybe 8x10. I am curious to see how that bit of camera shake translates to print.

Anyway enough of my moaning and kicking myself in the arse for a stupid error.

Can You See Me

Can You See Me

Fred is alive and well it has been almost a month since I have seen him and I have seen a few 10-12 footers in the area. Most likely males and for those that wonder why this is an important concern about Fred. Well gators are cannibals or can be given that he/she is about a meter long it would only be a small snack for a larger gator. He was playing the you can't see me game.

Pano of 4 images using the 150-600 just to play around with it some more. You will see a few more like this from this lens.

Pano of 4 images using the 150-600 just to play around with it some more. You will see a few more like this from this lens.

There is a bridge that I enjoy spending a bit of time on and while I look for birds or animals I spend a fair amount of time looking at this scene. It reminds me of North Florida and well it is a comfort location for me.

Eye See You...

Eye See You...

The little guy I photographed on the log a couple of weeks ago was chilling out on the log again or should I say warming up on the log hehe. He was at the far right side of the log near the weeds and for some reason I wanted to play with framing and see what I could make of it. Jury is out on how I feel about the image but I did learn some about foreground framing. Now to dial it into what I like.

Swimming on a quilt.

Swimming on a quilt.

Further down the pathway and some 17 different bird species later I came across this guy swimming across the Canal. The reflection is the main reason I took this shot it looks like a patchwork quilt that he/she is swimming on. I do wish it would have turned several degrees towards me but outside of that it is not a terrible shot.

I ended up seeing 31 species of birds today so a new record for the park. I go 0 useable shots because well the leaves were larger than the birds and they were good at hiding behind them. I do have a few new species to stalk and try to get a semi-useable shot of so incentive to return soon to the park.

I think the main thing I was reminded of is if I have extra shutter speed available to me I need to use it and not leave it on the table only to discover I should have used it when I go to look at the images on a larger screen.

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Benny Law 1 year, 7 months ago

#1 is an eye-catching shot.

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Pete 1 year, 7 months ago

great reflection in #1

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Russell Smith Replied to Pete 1 year, 7 months ago

THank you.

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Don Baird 1 year, 7 months ago

Great shots. I live in central Florida, so I'm also building quite a collection of bird and alligator shots. Just don't seem to get enough. grinning

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Russell Smith Replied to Don Baird 1 year, 7 months ago

Birds have been elusive for me last few weeks. I have seen them and a few I have photographed to send over to the phone for the Merlin id using photo feature but anything that is passable enough for me to post is not well has not been in the cards. Alligators I enjoy because I am from Fla and they remind me of home. While most view them as viscous I respect them but they are or can be quite stunning and primal. They are one of the success storys of conservation along with the American Croc. I just hope the invasive lizards do not set the latter back. Fla. Has some amazing birds that I want to photograph like the Snail Kite just to name one.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

Great camera work, Amigo!grinning

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you. Hopefully your trip is going well/went well.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 7 months ago

I’m home for a while. Trying to grinning get used to my new phone.....
Cheers!

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

Hopefully it will not take long to get use to it.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 7 months ago

Thanks, Amigo! It's fun to see all the "new capabilities".......
It'll keep me busy for a while..... Hopefully, I'll still have some hair left, after the learning curve is negotiated...smile

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Stefan Puffer 1 year, 7 months ago

Nice work!  I'm really loving #1

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Russell Smith Replied to Stefan Puffer 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you :)

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 7 months ago

I love every shot but #1 & #5 are my favorites. #1 because of the crystal clear and yet wavy reflection and #5 because of the color combination.  Great post to read as well :)

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 7 months ago

#5 is one that I love the colors in the water. Honestly it was a good 5 min of getting lost in the colors before I noticed the alligator floating.  That and the cool (by Charleston standard) weather had me dreaming of fall and enjoying our fall like temps on that day.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 7 months ago

You belong to this park. Amazing pictures Russel

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Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 7 months ago

I honestly love getting out into nature and I love finding a location that I can go again and again. It is important because I ignore the common beauty (photographically but I still enjoy it) and look for the less common beauty.

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 7 months ago

Good funny blog. For the print, you will see the unsharpness,from close up. Also let some print to look how they are, and be surprised the faults you fan see and not on the screen

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Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 7 months ago

Every time I print so far I have noticed something small that I missed while looking at it on the screen. It amazes me. Also printing has taught me not only about the "color histogram" but how on paper the color space can be much less than what we can see on the screen.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 7 months ago

For me print trumps screen

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Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 7 months ago

I agree 100% I have a few images I need to print as we speak.

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