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Flame Skimmer  From a distance I thought this was a Rufus hummingbird, due to the bright orange color darting round. Don't get to see that many dragon flies near the mtns where I live. What a treat. He hung around on the same limb of a tree for about 30 minutes allowing me to take his picture. Strange how his eyes kept shifting to look at me while snapping away. Late evening sun with a Pondersa Pine for backdrop. Not bad for the 200-400 tele. If I am not mistaken, I believe this is a Neon Skimmer.  Best viewed at 2X.
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Red Sunset, Lake Sam Rayburn    I'm happy to report that Nini and I have found our sunset spot here in Nacogdoches.  The only problem is that it's not in Nacogdoches, and is a good hour drive from our home.  But it is nice.  We went out early yesterday so we could try a few places.  The first stop on the list was Harvey Creek recreation area.  Upon first sight it was nothing more than an uninteresting boat ramp.  So we left right away and spent about an hour driving around on various gravel roads looking for a better view of the lake.  But all we found was a lot of private property.  So we headed back to Harvey Creek, and low and behold, we found a dirt road in the rec area that lead us to the best beach we've seen since we found the best beach in Missouri.   There is a lot of room for the dogs to run while I shoot and Nini reads, and there is a strong cross wind that keeps the mosquitoes at bay.  We can't wait to go back and spend the day there sometime soon.    This is a single 8 second exposure.  I started off by using a 3-stop hard-step neutral density filter, which helped me bring the exposure of the sky closer to that of the foreground.  Then I added a 5 stop neutral density filter to allow me to use a longer exposure.  I wanted the long exposure effect on the water, but the long exposure also let the sensor capture more of the rapidly changing colors as they spilled across the sky.  I was surprised at how much more red came through.  When I was on the beach I was thinking that maybe the filter was just tricking the camera's auto white balance into setting a really warm color temperature.  But the color temperature here is actually 5200, the color temperature of daylight.  I would guess the actual color temperature was somewhere closer to 6500, since the sun was partially behind the clouds, but of course if I changed it to 6500 it would be even more red!  Anyway, long story short, I'm still learning about these filters, but I'm liking the results.  Lastly, our new beach has solved my foreground problems.  Now I have a lot more options and look forward to trying out some different foregrounds as we return to this beach over the next few months.    Critiques always welcome!    Daily photo: August 27, 2012, taken August 26, 2012
October 2   The 'sunset show' at our local lake was very beautiful this evening; I couldn't catch the lightning & thunder with the camera (!!) and then the slight sprinkling gave way to a downpour.  YAY!  First rain we've had in quite a while.  This afternoon and tonight felt....tropical!  2 shot panorama
24.8.08 - What a difference a day makes :)  My last three Dailies have been very dark, and not just because they were night shots. Today was better. A walk in the sunshine round the Nature Reserve kick started things. I managed to get my first wildflower shots in ages, and picked lots of blackberries to turn into crumbles or just eat with ice cream. I also took loads of shots of these ripples in the small stream that splits the reserve in two. I've never seen it looking so striking as this. I don't know whether it was the angle of light, the level and speed of the water flow, or maybe a combination of lots of things, but I was transfixed for ages watching the patterns constantly changing.   We take water for granted. It not only gives us life, but it can also be very beautiful in all it's different guises. It is also a major constituent of beer :) A group of us spent the evening unwinding at a beer festival in town. Lots of wonderful beers, a hog roast, some guys casually playing guitar on the benches just along from us, the perfect way to finish the day. So imagine this image, while drinking beer and listening to an acoustic "All Along the Watchtower", in the shadow of Lincoln Castle, yep, that's chillin' :)  There are five other shots from the nature reserve here;  http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/gallery/5121648_aU8pe#358234544_AyMnx
08/05/09 - On my way to work yesterday, like usual, I went the long way down past the swamp.  What I saw of interest to me were two neat spiderwebs side by side, covered in morning dew, and in decent light.  So, I did my best to capture them.  This is the one I liked the best.  I hope you think it's neat too.      Thanks for your comments on the glass shot from yesterday.  The weave pattern was actually etched into the glass.  I had not used glass beads before.  I had used marbles (flat or round), sugar, or broken glass.  So using beads was new.  If you missed it along the way, I'm going to do a coffee shop show later this year, and I'm most likely going to pick from my glass shots what to hang.  I did nature shots the last two times, and the owner and I both like to switch it up sometimes.    Have a great day!
February 13, 2011- The Waxing Gibbous (nine day old) Moon. I finally captured it during the day. I have such a hard time getting a day time shot of the moon. Wasn't sure what I was doing wrong, it was always too faint, not a lot of details, just a bad shot. But this time, (2/12/11) I finally got it! Day 44 #365Project @sharkbayte
Great blue heron, photographed at the Dancing Cranes Guest House in San Antonio, New Mexico, not far from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.  Best viewed in the larger sizes.  The owners of the B&B have created a wildlife refuge on their property that attracts many kinds of birds.  I had been watching this heron for about two hours and the light had moved a lot.  I had to shoot this into the bright late afternoon sun.  Luckily, the grasses by the pond blocked the light a bit and I think I bumped the exposure comp up.  I liked the light that resulted.  Hope you like it, too.  Oh, my!  I'm so honored that you all made my sunrise shot of the geese flyout the #1 shot today.  I was just so lucky that the sunrise that morning was spectacular and took quite a long time to play out, so I got a lot of shots against the sunrise, which had quite a few different looks.  Thanks, everyone, for making my day!  Have a great Wednesday!
Reflections in a Wheel; best viewed in the larger sizes.  This particular reflection was one of my favorite takeaways from the car show!    Thanks for your comments on the shot of the father with the little girl playing with the slot cars.  Keeps me going!
Sandhill cranes flying in the early morning at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in NM.  Thank you all for your positive comments on my sunrise shot of the snow geese.  Really made my day!  Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!
Indian bride   (003 2nd year)    This beautiful lady is my friends' daughter who got married last Monday. Two days ago I had put up a shot of her foot with Mehendi:   http://hershy.smugmug.com/photos/559107962_zckEs-L.jpg    To answer Curious Camel:  The bridegroom is holding her hand. Beetle leaf and nut are put in the hands of the bride and then the groom covers her hand with his, making it a 'union' of two people.       www.javeri.net
A male great blue heron brings a branch for the nest to his mate; best viewed in the largest sizes.  I don't know if this was an experienced pair or not.  The first two days I watched them, the male had a much tougher time breaking a branch off the tree.  By the third day, he was bringing branches much more quickly.  The herons do not make the nest out of branches that have fallen.  They fly to another treetop and pull and tug until they are able to break a branch off.  I watched one heron work for an hour without successfully managing to break a branch.  By the third day, this fella had learned that smaller branches were easier to break off and was regularly bringing his mate these smaller branches.  The first two days I watched them, he tended to bring larger branches that were usually forked.  Then they would have a tough time incorporating those bigger ones into the nest.  It seemed to me that the male learned a lot the first couple of days.  While the male was gone from the nest, the female would stand on the nest, work on the nest or simply nap.  However, each time, just before he would return, she would suddenly extend her neck feathers and stretch out her neck looking at something I could not see and, then, there he would be.  I learned to get ready to take a shot of him whenever she started assuming that pose.  Here, she still has the neck feathers stuck out. Several folks have asked about the crop.  The image is cropped but it is not a really big crop.  I just cropped out other branches in the tree on both sides.  I used a 400mm lens which brings the birds in pretty close.  It is an f4.0 lens and I've found I need really good light in order to avoid noise at high shutter speeds, which I use to accommodate the rapid movement of birds.  All of the days I photographed these birds (about six - eight hours over three days) were quite bright.  On the day this was shot, it was sort of overcast and the sky was whitish-blue.  On other days the sky was bright blue --- such as with the shot yesterday.  I used this lens all the time except when I was trying to capture flying birds and for that, I found I needed to be further back from the birds in order to deal with their rapid speed.  I shot a lot of these at 1/320th of a second.  I still have hundreds of these shots to process, but, as I do so I am putting them into a gallery called "Great Blue Herons" which is under the category of "Animals."  Boy, I just noticed that my other blue heron shot is #1.  That sure makes my day.  Thanks, everyone, who commented on the shot.  And, have a great Sunday!
JULY 12, 2011-Found this Robber Fly with his dinner on the lattice work. For the first time I tried tone mapping, so I am not sure if I over processed it or not, just thought it looked kinda cool. (193:365)
3rd year Pic 177 - Mar 06 2011 Core...  Hollyhock, The Club - Mahabaleshwar  Best seen in large size. Leica V-20 no PP
Thursday, June 10th.  Another from the Grounds for Sculpture. Beautiful birds.
Flame Skimmer

From a distance I thought this was a Rufus hummingbird, due to the bright orange color darting round. Don't get to see that many dragon flies near the mtns where I live. What a treat. He hung around on the same limb of a tree for about 30 minutes allowing me to take his picture. Strange how his eyes kept shifting to look at me while snapping away. Late evening sun with a Pondersa Pine for backdrop. Not bad for the 200-400 tele. If I am not mistaken, I believe this is a Neon Skimmer.

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Flame Skimmer  From a distance I thought this was a Rufus hummingbird, due to the bright orange color darting round. Don't get to see that many dragon flies near the mtns where I live. What a treat. He hung around on the same limb of a tree for about 30 minutes allowing me to take his picture. Strange how his eyes kept shifting to look at me while snapping away. Late evening sun with a Pondersa Pine for backdrop. Not bad for the 200-400 tele. If I am not mistaken, I believe this is a Neon Skimmer.  Best viewed at 2X.
Flame Skimmer

From a distance I thought this was a Rufus hummingbird, due to the bright orange color darting round. Don't get to see that many dragon flies near the mtns where I live. What a treat. He hung around on the same limb of a tree for about 30 minutes allowing me to take his picture. Strange how his eyes kept shifting to look at me while snapping away. Late evening sun with a Pondersa Pine for backdrop. Not bad for the 200-400 tele. If I am not mistaken, I believe this is a Neon Skimmer.

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