Monday in Nature Weekly Photo August 4, 2014

Discussion in 'Nature' started by lgw, Aug 4, 2014.

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    Good Morning,
    Jeez, we're into August already. I hope you had a great week. We'll just jump in this week. I'll start with the deep greens of the forest canopy reflected in swift moving water up at Delaware Water Gap NRA.
    What's naturally flowing by your camera?
  2. This storm 'flowed by' as we stood at the top of Pike's Peak in Colorado recently.
  3. I spent last week in northern Maine. The skies were fantastic! Luckily we had clear nights twice that week.
  4. Red Skimmer found in Austin, Texas.
  5. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    Beautiful images there Christoph and Bill.
    I'll be sharing images from my sabbatical in Oz for some time. This is an image of a Wombat from Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. If you ever want to go to Australia and see wildlife, don't miss Tasmania, The challenge in photographing wombats (as with many Australian mammals) that they are either nocturnal or at best crepuscular. Fortunately the K3 is an excellent camera at fairly high ISOs.
    Wombat, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. Pentax K3, Sigma 400mm f5.6 APO Macro
  6. I had to truy and capture the light was flowing through the cap of this mushroom.
  7. Experimenting with infrared, using Cokin's sheet filters. Normally I'd try to avoid shooting into the sun, since those sheet filters are notoriously flare prone. But I tried a few shooting into the setting sun and liked the veiling flare on this one. The large reddish-brown mushroom turned an odd blue-gray color in IR.
    Nikon D2H, Tamron Adaptall 24mm f/2.5
    with combination of various red, polarizers and other filters for color infrared
  8. A pair of gulls nesting on the Farne Islands of the English east coast. Not sure if anything is flowing except maybe some gull affection.
  9. Nikon F2 and 135mm f3.5 AI Nikkor; Fuji C-41 @EI 200.
  10. My beautiful blue morning glories are finally blooming.
  11. Douglas, thanks for teaching me a new word. Was not familiar with the term 'crepuscular.'
    Some really cool images.
  12. This snoozing nighthawk caught my lens while I was flowing slowly along the road to Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge.
  13. Love on a wild carrot.
  14. Colony of sea lions on Gardner Bay beach, Espanola Is., Galapagos.
  15. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    That image of you's is SPECTACULAR! Amazing affect!
    I've tried doing UV with pinhole lenses because all my lenses absorb too much UV. I'd love to try the effect you have been doing for some research a colleague of mine is working on. Do you have a good reference to learn the technique?
  16. Western Kingbird Poses
  17. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Rick, I have been to that beach a couple of times. Your image sure brings back a lot of memories for me. I got some mocking bird images there.
    Cormorant taking off, Redwood Shores, California.
  18. 1201 hours Sunday Aug3 2014 sucking on a thistle in the patch of 'em at the corner of the main yard. I'm not really a “bug guy” in terms of knowing or caring what names or classifications man has given them, I just photograph 'em because the forest holds a variety which are constantly flowing through on the wing and along the mountainside on sunny days you can search out camera angles catching dramatic backlighting with the deep shade of the forest behind giving photographs with punchy chromas and strong high-contrast subject to background ratios. A friend of mine who is deeply involved in bug stuff tells me this one is known as a Woodlands Skipper.
  19. kts


    fawn munching on some forsythia while mosquitoes were munching on her
  20. Dew covered moth waiting for the warmth of the morning sun.
  21. Hot off the press from my garden: Banded Longhorn Beetles frolicking on the Sombrero Salsa Red Echinacea coneflower.
  22. Rick, stunning shot. Glenn, love the dew covered moth.
  23. Crepuscular is one of my favorite terms - and one often encountered in dealing with dragonflies and damselflies. So many shots in the evening are at ISO-800 (as is this one). Here is an American Rubyspot coming to rest just above the creek near dusk.
  24. It wasn't flowing but flying by my camera and landed on my Clematis;
  25. Hope this isn't too wordy for this thread...
    Doug, what little I know about IR or UV photography I learned from Bjorn Rorslett's site. His info on UV and IR photography is among the best I've seen anywhere. However true UV is beyond my budget or interest, but IR is more accessible. My old Nikon D2H has a weak anti-aliasing/IR/UV filter, which makes it dreadful for photos of people in anything other than daylight or daylight balanced flash - skin colors are hideous in most artificial lighting. But that same "flaw" makes it useful for IR - unlike the D70, there's no need to pay for a conversion.
    Bjorn's articles also tipped me to the dual-polarizer trick, which can emulate the effect of an IR filter with some sensors. Adding a red filter enhanced the IR effect on my D2H. My IR filter rig consists of: (1) a Tiffen #25A red; (2) a Cokin neutral circular polarizer; (3) one of Cokin's oddball two-color polarizers, the Pola Red-Green (presumably for Canadians). This rig works only on my D2H - it does not produce an IR effect on any of my other digicams. And substituting the Cokin Pola Purple-Orange didn't work; only the Pola Red-Green works. Sometimes I'll add a neutral density if I want motion blur or blurred clouds, but the three-filter rig blocks so much light the real challenge is preventing breeze induced blurring of foliage, even at ISO 1600.
    I've also seen some interesting sorta-UV effects on the D2H using a Spiratone Portragon, a simple single element soft focus lens. Messing around with a single channel from the RGB and other editing tricks can produce some interesting results that I don't see with other cameras. Presumably the improved filters that make most dSLRs and digicams "better" for conventional photography also hinder their usefulness for alternative light IR/UV photography. So an older D1-series or D2H might be a good choice for experimenting, or before paying for an expensive conversion of a newer camera. However the newer camera conversions may be more versatile, since they don't demand the heavy filters and can be more versatile for minimizing problems with motion blur.
  26. Checking an old birdhouse in a nearby park found a different resident. When I tried to get a better angle it just pulled back in the hole. Don't know if he was waiting for a former resident to return or just looking for a hideaway.
  27. I always thought that crepuscular referred solely to the atmospheric effect of crepuscular rays. But, now I learn that "Crepuscular animals are those that are active primarily during twilight (i.e., dawn and dusk)."
  28. There are three young rabbits who live somewhere in the undergrowth at the back of our yard. This one sat obligingly for his portrait at dusk. Stupid-high ISO on Olympus E-M1 with 50-200/2.8-3.5 non-SWD and 1.4x TC. Hand-held after a a beer or two. Gotta love that 5-axis IBIS.
  29. this is a superb bunch of photographs from everyone, i've really enjoyed looking at them all, but the reason for
    coming on to make a comment, is to Lex Jenkins. Lex, re your comment you "hope this isn't too long" re your
    gear-talk, I vote in your favor, I really enjoyed your explanations, I doubt I'll ever do any ir stuff and not with that
    equipment, but this is about photography, and you can talk techy details for hours about gear you use to get the
    images and not bore me.... and you just gave me a couple of ideas for some stuff to play with in photoshop......
  30. Cholla Cacti (Joshua Tree National Park) with a distant storm in the background.
  31. Robert c., I, for one, like the idea of this forum becoming a bit more conversational, though I don't know if that is a desired trait. And while I've been lax in doing it myself, I really appreciate when the equipment and any special techniques are identified and explained.
  32. Douglas & Roberta - Thanks for the kind words
  33. In the past there have been discussions here about various subjects stemming from the photography. We're all here for the nature and the photography, including the technical end. Discussion about these matters is part of why the nature forum exists. At times, it's beneficial to take a discussion that starts here in MiN and begin a new dedicated thread. More folks may see the discussion that way. I wish we had a macro forum, but since we don't the nature forum is a good place to discuss those techniques as they pertain to nature photography.
    It's all encouraged and we all benefit from the exchange of ideas and knowledge. I really enjoy Daniel Lawton's lighting on the Cholla.
    Daniel, I think this is your first post in MiN. If so, welcome.
  34. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    I really love Daniel's photo too. The contrast between a desert plant and the dramatic sky is fascinating.
    Sorry, y'all. If I am sticking around the thread I'll ask questions; it's my nature. When I'm around people who know more than I do, well I just gotta ask. I greatly appreciate the info and I'll check out the web site.
    I do agree though that starting new threads is often the best way to generate more discussion. Sometimes though spontaneity overrides all else.
  35. Doug, over the weekend we hosted a mushroom program. Due to discussion generated in MiN last year, our talk had a whole new section. Your contribution of a great article about small mammal mycophagy lead me to more reading on the subject and Paul DeLay allowed use of his spectacular chipmunk with a mushroom photo in our presentation. That part of our program was a big eye opener for folks attending and the photo was perfect.
    It's easy to imagine and hard to know exactly where a discussion, inquiry, or exchange of ideas here may lead.
  36. Thanks for the kind words Laura and Douglas. I always liked how the light kind of glows on Cholla cacti and I tried to do it myself with some flashes and a long exposure about an hour after sunset.
  37. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    Wonderful Laura! It's always nice to hear one's discussions progress to more than electrons Cris-crossing large distances of space, Congratulations on your successful program.

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