Sunday, December 28, 2008

Next time, remember the sunflower seed!

Snow at the Stony Swamp trail

One of the things I like about getting outside to photograph, is that you never know what you are going to experience.   Last week I decided to go out after a big snowstorm to photograph the woods on a local nature trail.  I got out my snowshoes and started walking along the trail.  When I stopped to photograph some shadows across the snow, I realized that I had some friends following me -- a flock of chickadees looking for some easy food.  When I set up my tripod, they started buzzing me, landing on my hat, gloves, and even my camera and lens.  I wish I could have taken a video of the action -- I don't think I've ever had such a concentrated amount of activity by chickadees.  It was a huge amount of fun.

Next time, I'll have to remember to bring some sunflower seeds, so I can at least repay this flock for their attention.

. . . Rob Williams

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Mining Past Work

Grass Flowing in the Oxtongue River

When November arrives and the photographic opportunities dry up, I often end up looking through the year's photographs (both processed and unprocessed) to see what I've missed. Often the initial work that I have done on my raw images misses some interesting work that didn't strike me the first time through.

This weekend I was looking through some older photographs, and I came across a couple of photographs of some grass growing and flowing in a river. The colour of the grass in the dark brown water wasn't particularly attractive, but I loved the flowing lines of the grasses. I set the satruation to zero to see what it looked like in B&W, and then adjusted the contrast and brightness, and the results were quite striking.

Don't be too hasty to throw out old images -- a second look might turn up some gems.

. . . Rob Williams