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This fellow showed up alongside the pool while we were swimming recently. Needless to say, he caused quite a stir with the children in attendance.
Even though I didn’t have a lens capable of extreme close-ups with me at the time, this capture does show quite a bit of detail, especially in the wings.
Michelle and I had the opportunity to bring a few of our birds to visit a local scout troop this evening. It was quite enjoyable to see the excitement of the kids when we walked in the room with the birds.
Dixie the cockatoo, featured in this capture, was definately the star of the show. She is so friendly and loves showing off in front of a crowd. Here she is asking for a kiss from one of the scouts.
More photos of the scouts with the birds can be seen by clicking this link:
My daughter Sarah and I refer to oranges cut this way as Wagon Wheels. My wife doesn’t get it.
After cutting these last night for Sarah’s dessert, the color and juiciness of the orange just begged to be captured. I used a flash with a diffuser to spread the light evenly and avoid harsh shadows.
Do you call these Wagon Wheels?
While driving in Southern Utah this past week, we heard reports of a storm ahead. As we neared a mountain pass and approached the storm, the looming clouds became increasingly formidable.
Featured here is a capture I made on the trip. The sepia toned black & white helps to accentuate the subtle details in the clouds. While I shouldn’t admit it, this shot was actually made while I was driving (without looking through the viewfinder).
I made this capture at a local park. I really like how the one swing is moving while the others are still.
I added the grain to the photo by taking an actual scan of film (remember that stuff?) grain and overlaying it on the digital photograph in Photoshop. It adds to the mood I was seeking in this digital capture.
Michelle (my wife) made this capture of a duck taking off this past week while we were boating on Lake Havasu in Arizona. This particular member of the local waterfowl community had been following us as we drifted while eating lunch. I suppose he was hoping for a bit of bread or chip.
This was shot with a Canon 350D SLR and a 100-300mm zoom lens. If you’ve ever tried to make a shot like this, then you know how difficult it is to achieve the near-perfect timing and focus.