Archive for January, 2011

HDR Rainey Lake

Posted in HDR with tags , , , , , , , on January 29, 2011 by bayouphoto

I rode over to the Tensas River NWR, yesterday, hoping to get some wading birds at the small lake. There is a 4 mile hiking trail all around the lake but it is only .2 of a mile to the walkway on the north end of the lake. Due to the lack of rain the lake was down about 3 feet and there were no birds. I shot a couple 5 exposure HDR photos from the end of the walkway.Click to see them larger

I processed them with Photomatix Pro and Topaz adjust 4

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Cold winter days

Posted in Biker stuff with tags , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by bayouphoto

Winter here may not be as cold as my northern brethren are used to but it is plenty cold and damp for us. Just right to gather at Spot’s motorcycle shop and hug the pot belly stove. With a good supply of wood we can ride out the foul weather until spring.

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Bird Blind update

Posted in Nature and wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by bayouphoto

I sat in the blind, quite a bit, this weekend. The sun was out and so were the birds. Unfortunately not any new species showed up. Just the same sparrows, finches, Cardinals, grackles and cowbirds. I did get a rather nice photo of a Red Winged Blackbird.

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I also would like to report on some new seed I am using. I am sorry I can’t remember the brand name but I got it at a Fred’s store and at a Brookshire’s grocery store. It is a better blend and contains no wasteful filler. The birds love it, too much it seems. They are eating a large coffee can full twice a day.

Birding road trip

Posted in Nature and wildlife, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by bayouphoto

Beth and I are planning a road trip to S La. for a birding adventure. First we plan to drive to Madisonville to try the marshlands and stay at Fairview-Riverside state park. Then we will drive to Mandeville to stay and shoot at Fontainebleu state park. We will also shoot at the Northlake Nature center just across Hwy 190 from the park. However the main attraction is the Big Branch Marsh NWR.

We will be tent camping and doing our own cooking, once again. As of right now we are planning to leave next Friday and be gone 3-5 days

Bird blind daily

Posted in Nature and wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by bayouphoto

The light is still dull and drab, but at least it is not raining. I spent a couple of hours out after filling the feeders. I got my best photo of a male Purple finch, although I can’t see why they call them purple.

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I also had a gorgeous Cardinal come in.One of the Yellow Rumped Warblers was in the brush pile.Of course the Pine Warbler came for some suetA downy Woodpecker was probing a vine.I also saw:

Dozens of Goldfinch

Equal Chipping Sparrows

4 Male Purple Finch and 2 female

2 male and 2 female House Finch

1 male White crowned sparrow

1 male Song sparrow

1 Brown headed Cowbird

several male and female Cardinals

several Grackles

and Inca doves

 

White blackbird

Posted in Nature and wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2011 by bayouphoto

We have had three days of gloom and drizzle and I have gone stir crazy. Yesterday my sister called me to look at her feeder at the strange bird. Turned out to be a pie bald, partial white, Grackle. I never figured to see it again.

This afternoon the sun came out so I cleaned the feeders, replaced the seed and got in the blind. I was there no time when the white bird appeared. I only got one photo but I was proud of it. I believe it is a female grackle, because of the brownish head. I just know it is highly unusual. reminds me of a partial white turkey I hunted one whole spring.

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I was asked how I go about taking these photos. I started in about the technical stuff, you know the camera, blind, etc. That was not what they wanted. They wanted what I did to get the photos. I thought about it and I guess it is the same traits that made me a successful deer and turkey hunter. Lots of patience, slow deliberate movements. Attention to detail, long attention span, extreme focus on the task. Immediate identification of the chosen quarry. Reacting decisively at the right moment. I think the most important is the extreme patience and focus. It takes a lot to sit still and stay focused on the task at hand. Many times, when hunting, I let my mind wander and missed opportunities. I know this is hard to do in our hurry up, instant gratification world but it is the way of our ancestors and what we must do to be successful at wildlife photography

HDR more school bus junk

Posted in HDR with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2011 by bayouphoto

They brought in another old school bus, in the scrap yard. I just can’t resist them. 5 exposure processed in Photomatix Pro 4 and Topaz adjust.

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And this one I used Nik Silver Efex for the B&W

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I love shooting HDR when the skies are dark and gloomy