Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Standing People

I have seen many Weeping willow trees and indeed some may be old, many I think reflect the rigors of living. They have been tested bent, twisted and broken by nature. The wind, freeze and thaw each leaves a memory, a broken branch, a cracked trunk and ultimately destruction.

This tree stands by itself, alone and out of the way, crow call from the upper reaches and snow lays a soft glow over it. 

This tree reminds us of the importance of prevailing, enduring and most importantly surviving.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

My Challenge

I just finished a wildlife challenge and enjoyed looking through the 1000 or so images I have posted on G+ since joining. I looked at pictures and remembered when and where they were taken, who was with me the memories flooded back.
My thought was to share an image each day, it is not my best or favorite or most popular just one that caught my eye today.

12-9-2015 Drummer Boy
(Click on Image for large view)

This was taken at a Civil War re-enactment and he was a confederate drummer boy. I saw him walking across the encampment and got this one shot. I have done many different cropping of this, but settle on this one for now. Post work in photoshop CC and On1.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Day 7 Wildlife Challenge

This is the last entry in the challenge and I appreciate everyone's comments and encouragement.
The last image I want to share with you is something I have started doing recently and that is applying textures to create and artistic interpretation.
I call this "Last Flight In" it was taken at the Aylmer Bird Sanctuary outside Aylmer Ontario. Each spring thousands of swans stop over to feed and rest before continuing their migration north. It is a grand sight when they all rise up in a loud mass of beating wings

Monday, December 7, 2015

Day 6 Wildlife Challenge

I am going to say low but this is a different kind of wildlife image, this is gone with a process called Focal Stacking. Focal Stacking is the process of taking a shot adjusting the focus and taking another shot and so on to capture the whole object at 1:1 or greater. The resulting stack of images are then processed to render a complete image. I have to tell you that because the magnification is so high and the distance to the subject so these close, the fly was dead, I didn't kill it I found it dead.
I know this is  not traditional wildlife photography but it is about as wild as it gets for me. So here is today's image a  40 shot stack of a common house fly head. (CLICK ON IMAGE)