Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

‘Owl’ be watching you!
I was moving some old photos from my old computer to a newer one when I found this shot I had taken a few years back, and forgotten about. Thought it was time to dust it off and put it up here. I took it at the Aillwee Cave Birds of Prey Education Centre back in 2011. Probably my imagination, but it really felt like he was staring me down….

Posted by Leo Daly on 2015-01-06 23:52:58

Tagged: , snowy , owl , burren , bird , prey , eyes , ireland , Leo , Daly , lionsden , irishwildlife

Shawnta Jonstone–Fairy Dust

Shawnta Jonstone--Fairy Dust

Posted by ReinventedLook on 2011-08-29 19:35:42

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Qbird TPSP 2k

Qbird TPSP 2k

Unknown bird, possibly a White-Crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys, perched on a fence south of the Torrey Pines State Reserve, La Jolla, CA. Taken by an Olympus OM-1MD with a Zuiko 50mm ƒ1.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400NC. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010. Dust removal, color and gamma correction done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. Cropped ruthlessly to squareish and additional gamma correction done in Piknik®.

Sorry I can’t be more certain of the bird species, but this is as close as the bird would let me get, and I only had the normal lens with me…

Visible beyond the fence is the "gliderport" access path to Black’s Beach. (San Diego’s [in]famous nude beach)

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2011-04-30 16:28:10

Tagged: , bird , Torrey Pines State Reserve , La Jolla, CA , Olympus OM-1MD , Zuiko 50mm ƒ1.8 , Kodak , Portra 400NC , geotagged , squareish

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens 12-26-15 — While I was still in the parking lot, walking toward the entrance, I noticed a commotion coming from a window in one of the Huntington’s buildings. I was quite a distance away away, but could still tell that a flicker was having a bit of a dust-up with the window. I was too far away to tell what was really going on, but because the window was reflecting so brightly, I thought that maybe the flicker thought he was trapped and that the outside was on the other side of the window. But when I finally got the image on the computer it turned out that the flicker was carrying on a duel with his own reflection.

Posted by Tom Nord on 2015-12-26 20:53:04

Tagged: , red-shafted flicker , flicker , huntington library , bird , botanical gardens , northern flicker

286 Glass bird

286 Glass bird

Got to the computer to discover a green Rainbow pic was just waiting to be played. 2250! Grabbed the ornament off the bookshelf, a quick dust down, photos taken, into the computer and onto Flickr, then a cut and paste into the Alphachrome game with a minute+ in hand. 🙂

It’s two inches high.

Posted by Andy – Dog sitting on 2015-01-31 22:56:52

Tagged: , Glass , bird , Green , Alphachrome , Shootaboot , GGG , BBB

Feathered death

Feathered death

Blogged in The Woodwork: Faking long exposure

Feathered Death
Baker Beach, San Francisco, California

Nikon D3, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
Aperture 2.0 (raw fine tuning, spot & patch, straighten, white balance, dodge & burn) nik Color Efex Pro (contrast color range, bi-color user defined, bleach bypass, glamour glow) Photoshop (heal)
1/60sec @ f/18, iso200, 14mm (14mm)


Visiting Baker Beach.

While returning to the car, I passed near a seagull looked at me guiltily and then flew away. I was curious what it was looking at and noticed that it was a dead bird whose legs had been caught in some cloth flotsam and had been washed ashore.

This photo was taken handheld in aperture mode which was adjusted to have as much depth of field possible and still be well above the shake limit. The 14mm has no trouble focusing close but the dust on the lens left a lot of blemishes that appeared easily after post processing. I’m going to have to look into a good portable cleaning solution as the surface would take forever to clean with a LensPen. I remembered to bring my GPS with me (with batteries) so the location data is accurate (though I forgot to adjust my camera for daylight savings time so I had to shift things over 3600 seconds).

I used dodge and burn to try to reclaim some dynamic range in the overexposed background (burn) while getting some feather detail in shadow (dodge). The spot & patch algorithm was very poor for dust spots in the sand so I had to heal that (as well as lens dust) in Photoshop.

I used contrast color to get better separation between sand and sea, a bi-color to magnify that effect even more and “postcard” the image without messing with the saturation, and then bleach bypass and glow to create the otherworldly look around the dead bird. Most of these filters were not applied to the bird itself using a negative u-point.

I tested the new dodge and burn tool in Aperture 2.0.1 update. It worked very well, but I’m disappointed that it has to generate a TIFF file in order to work. It’d be nice if it used the RAW file and just stored sidecar files that had the masks. The weird thing is if you edit using an external editor and then edit in Photoshop, it loses the version with your dodge and burn edits. In fact, 2.0.1 and 2.0 before it has introduced many, many bugs involving preview generation and versioning. For instance, if you replace the PSD file or edit a PSD file that you’ve already commented, it will reimport the EXIF and IPTC information and smash all your edits in Aperture. Besides the fact that you can no longer use the PSD-replacement trick (to preserve metadata from external creation tools like PTMac and DxO Optics Pro via PSD generation), it destroys all your IPTC work you might have done before round tripping with Photoshop. That is stupid. Another example is preview generation on expanded canvases with a alpha channel that has been colored in are rendered transparent no matter what in the original and then exported as black. So effectively those parts of the image become unusable! (Workaround: save a copy as PSD with alpha unchecked and than overwrite the current PSD) WTF? I mean this stuff worked in Aperture 1.0. Apple has taken the common-sense way of handling versioning and trashed it in order to make room for the API which isn’t really ready yet. They could have done much better if they asked the service to generate previews and gave it the ability to store sidecars. This would be far more versatile than the current stuff which is no better than Photoshop at this point (though the RAW rendering support will be change that for us DxO Optics Pro users). There is no need to actually save the rendered TIFFs—and why TIFF anyway? Those files are huge. Why not store losslessly compressed JPEG2000s are 1/2 the size of TIFFs for photos).

By the way Aperture 2.0 lost support of JPEG2000. (It was buggy in Aperture 1.0). That’s bad because I save my scanner output as high quality JPEG2000’s since they have 48bit dynamic range and yet are about 1/20 the size of a TIFF with almost no noticeable loss in quality. Support all Quicktime-compatible image formats for import! This is why I buy expensive computers, Apple. (Thumbnails should still be JFIF (JPEG) simply because the algorithm for working with JPEG2000’s seems a bit slow even on a fast computer.)

When I do a lot of Photoshop and Aperture 2.0 work, the hard drive starts swapping in a bad way and won’t stop. Very frustrating. What should have been a 15 minute postprocessing ended up wasting 3 hours because of bugs in Aperture and swap.

Finally, I decided not to provide the full resolution versions of the images and added a border around the image (but no watermark). This should still be good enough, if not better, for use under the Creative Commons in websites and blogs, but if you need a print-quality (larger than postcard size) version of the photo, this way you’ll have to contact me for the image. The border design and information is a rip-off of various parts from my favorite photographers: Kevin Kubota, Tony Sweet, Russ Morris, Ryan Brenizer, Jim Goldstein, and Andrei Zmievski.

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Posted by tychay on 2008-04-02 11:47:48

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Moving Day

Moving Day

I was looking through a folder of old sketches and unfinished drawings and found this, so I dusted it off and finished it up.

I tend to draw a lot of birds. I guess because they’re often weird looking and fun to draw.

Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.

Want to see more? Check out my new blog! All the cool kids are doing it!
I’m also on Twitter for some reason.

Posted by bob canada on 2011-09-11 14:48:44

Tagged: , bob , canada , bob canada , illustration , illustrator , drawing , cartoon , computer , comic book , humorous , photoshop , painting , bird , nest

Preening Green Heron

Preening Green Heron

Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, FL

My computer troubles continue… as some of you already know, my trusty 6-year old laptop also bit the dust on the weekend. Keeps giving me the blue screen and "disk read errors". Oh well, I will survive and I might even find a new hobby – no, I won’t be taking sewing lessons, Marianne.

This is a shot from last weekend, which I processed on Ivan’s computer… it involved a lot of cursing from my side as I am so not used to using Adobe Bridge, Camera RAW and CS4. I gave up after this one shot.

View On Black

Posted by Fraggle Red on 2009-11-23 16:58:22

Tagged: , florida , palm beach co. , boynton beach , green cay wetlands , green cay , wetlands , nature , bird , heron , green heron , Butorides virescens , preening , raw , processed on ivans computer , adobe bridge cs4 , cs4 , sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 ex apo , bigma , AvianExcellence

Birds on a wire

Birds on a wire

There was a family of several of these beautiful Mourning Doves the other day, 16 July 2014, along one of the gravel roads just within the SW city limits. I’ve never yet seen one perched on a fence post, but always way up on a high wire. Not as sharp as I would have liked.

"A graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed dove that’s common across the continent. Mourning Doves perch on telephone wires and forage for seeds on the ground; their flight is fast and bullet straight. Their soft, drawn-out calls sound like laments. When taking off, their wings make a sharp whistling or whinnying. Mourning Doves are the most frequently hunted species in North America.

The Mourning Dove is the most widespread and abundant game bird in North America. Every year hunters harvest more than 20 million, but the Mourning Dove remains one of our most abundant birds with a U.S. population estimated at 350 million. The oldest known Mourning Dove was 31 years 4 months old." From AllABoutBirds.

Temperatures got up to around 32C or 33C three days ago. My desk thermometer said it was 32C in my computer room, so I knew I just had to get out for a while, to enjoy the air-conditioning in my car. The backroads SW of the city come in handy when I don’t want to spend too much time on a drive, and I can usually find something of interest to photograph. Didn’t see a whole lot this time, though I did see a Swainson’s Hawk perched on a high power pole and the gorgeous Wilson’s Snipe that I posted the day before yesterday. Think the Hawk must have been the same one that I have photographed before. It was just so laid back, letting me walk past it along the gravel road, so that I wasn’t looking into the sun. Now if only it would perch on a fence post instead : )

Today, the sun is shining, but there are some grey clouds up there. I predict rain – the reason is that yesterday, I washed my car for the first time in several months, and after I’ve done this, it almost always rains (or snows). My arms and shoulders have been just too painful to do this before, but I managed OK yesterday. I have two long drives coming up in the next little while (both of which I’ve never done before – yikes!), so I wanted to get rid of the awful build-up of dried mud and gravel dust. Driving the gravel backroads, which I love to do, means that I rarely have a clean car 🙂

Posted by annkelliott on 2014-07-19 16:29:47

Tagged: , Calgary , Alberta , Canada , rural SW backroad , within city limits , nature , ornithology , avian , bird , birds , two , Mourning Dove , Zenaida macroura , Columbidae , Turtle Dove , American Mourning Dove , Rain Dove , common , perched , wire , side view , Explore , explore2014July19 , dropped before Scouted , screen shot taken , annkelliott , Anne Elliott , FZ200 , Lumix