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.
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
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.
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.
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.