Week 20 – Judy

Week 20
Sushi for Lunch

As mentioned, the NWGs went to Viera Wetlands. It was a bright, sunny day, so the lighting wasn’t that great for photography. But, always a good time with the NWGs! We saw this Great Blue Heron having lunch. Hard to believe it could fit this fish down its throat, but it was swallowed in about two seconds time.

My settings were ISO 200, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3 at 244mm (70-300). Did some cropping and applied Topaz Adjust 5’s Photo Pop filter to just the bird.


Week 20 – Robin

Cattle Egret in Flight

Caught this cattle egret in flight with nesting twig on our NWG outing to Viera Wetlands. We had a fun morning and lunch! It was great to get together again! ūüôā

Settings were 1/5000s, f/4.0, ISO 100.

The shot was sort of ho-hum so I converted to sepia with Topaz B&W and had some fun with Topaz Texture Effects.

Week 20 – Becky

Boat-tailed Grackles
Boat-tailed Grackles

Went to Viera Wetlands with my  NWG girlfriends today.  It has been awhile since we have seen each other and gone on a photo field trip.  It was a very bright, hot day but worth it since I was with my friends.  There is always plenty of laughter and conversation in addition to the  tons of dragonflies, birds and alligators.  Came across these two male Boat-tailed Grackles showing off to each other by flaring their long tails, spreading and fluttering their wings.  This was the one and only shot I was able to get before they took off.  Did not do much editing.  I did use Lightroom CC for the first time to boost the contrast then opened the image in Photoshop CC to sharpen it.  Still learning both applications.  Shot with Nikon D300s and 105mm lens.  My settings: iso200, f5.6, and 1/640sec

Week 19 – Becky

Fungus Among Us
Fungus Among Us

Saw these really tiny mushrooms in the bushes of my garden.  Decided to use my Olympus TGS-4 on microscope setting and the LED ring light.  Applied Topaz Psychedelic, sharpened and removed some background distractions.  Settings iso250, 5.5mm, f2.3 and 1/125sec.

Week 19 – Judy

Week 19
My Mother Thinks I’m Pretty!

This Soft-Shelled Turtle just got thru laying her eggs in our front yard. Didn’t want to disturb her, so I waited until she started to leave the nest and snapped a few pictures of her before she went back into our neighbor’s pond, where I’m pretty sure she lives. Don’t know what Nature was thinking when she designed this turtle :-).

My settings were ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/100 sec at 260mm (70-300mm). Applied Topaz Adjust 5’s Photo Pop filter.

Week 18 – Judy

week 18
Cattails and Lizards

Was on a bike ride around our neighborhood and saw these cattails growing in our neighbor’s pond. I thought they were pretty. Didn’t notice the lizard on one of them until I got closer.

My settings were ISO 200, f/11, 1/400 sec at 260mm (70-300mm). Applied a little cropping and brightened up the lizard a little.

Week 18 – Becky

Oxymoron ~ Dead Still Life | ArtistNamedBec | Fine Art Photographer
Oxymoron ~ Dead Still Life

Benching with my son over the weekend when he said “Mom, here is a dead fly that would make a neat photo.” ¬†Love this kid, he finds the greatest things for me to take a photo of. ¬†He definitely has the eye. ¬†So as you can see I picked up the fly. ¬†Used black velvet for the background and sat the fly down on black acrylic glass. ¬†Took a shot from various angles and finally settled on this one. ¬†I applied Topaz Adjust Spicify to boost the contrast, followed by Topaz Detail on the eyes only. ¬†Shot with NikonD300s and 105mm lens. ¬†My settings were ISO¬†200, f9.0 and 1/25 sec.

Week 18 – Robin

Pretty Little Colt

One of my favorite things about my long drive is watching the farm animals begin life and watch them grow. This little guy was having a blast playing in the field late in the afternoon.

1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 3200.

Week 17 – Robin


I found this on my drive home. Must be the season for swarming. At least this was on a post in a cornfield and not like Becky’s experience at her house! ūüôā I stayed far away from this swarm.

Cropped in and very little editing. 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 100.