Category Archives: Photos

Backyard Deer and Fawn

This is one of those situations where you just happen to be in the right place, at the right time.  Seriously!

About a week or so ago I was just getting ready to go to work when I looked out our back picture window to see what looked like a deer grazing in our pasture.  Living out in the country, this is really no unusual event.  However, after looking closer, I realized that this wasn’t a deer grazing at all, but a mother deer nursing her fawn.  The fawn looked no more than a week old and after quickly getting my wife, we simply stood there and watched nature for a while.

NIKON D50 @ 300mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/11, ISO 200 | zoom in
NIKON D50 @ 300mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/11, ISO 200 | zoom in
NIKON D50 @ 300mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/11, ISO 200 | zoom in
NIKON D50 @ 300mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/11, ISO 200 | zoom in

After a bit, mother and fawn moved off a few more yards and she proceeded to try to clean the fawn.

NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/180 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 160 | zoom in
NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 160 | zoom in
NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 160 | zoom in
NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 160 | zoom in
NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 160 | zoom in
NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 160 | zoom in

After a while, both mother and fawn passed over the hill in the background to graze some more.

Yet one more reason I love living in the country!

Butterfly Gardens

While we were in Maryland for the Memorial Day weekend, we found time to go by the Brookside Gardens and visit the Butterfly Gardens. Now I haven’t had much experience with butterflies, but this was a completely unexpected surprise. I have never seen so many colorful insects in one place. What’s more, there were so many!

We walked a few laps of enclosure and I just kept snapping away.  I particularly enjoy this series due to the bright colors on the butterfly, and the fact that you can see the Proboscis as the butterfly eats.

NIKON D200 @ 70mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/4.5, ISO 100 | zoom in
Eating Nectar
NIKON D200 @ 70mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/4.5, ISO 100 | zoom in
Wings Spread
NIKON D200 @ 70mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/4.5, ISO 100 | zoom in
Still Eating

Memorial Day Food Photography

There are few things in life that bring people together more than good food! Over the Memorial Day weekend, we had the opportunity to catch up with some old friends at a graduation party. The food was absolutely delicious and the conversation just as good. I’ll simply let the photos describe it!

NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/1.4, ISO 200 | zoom in
Napkin Bouquet
NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/1.4, ISO 200 | zoom in
Stacked Plates
NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/2, ISO 200 | zoom in
Bread Basket
NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/4.5, ISO 200 | zoom in
Salmon
NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/4.5, ISO 200 | zoom in
Basil Infused Roast Veggies
NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/2, ISO 200 | zoom in
Green and Purple Basil Garnish
NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/2.8, ISO 200 | zoom in
Mushroom Risotto
NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/2.8, ISO 200 | zoom in
Grilled Steak
NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/1.8, ISO 200 | zoom in
Close up of Steak

New York Times: A Moment In Time

This looked interesting!

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/readers-9/?hp

Apparently, the NY Times is encouraging as many people as possible to take a photo on May 15th at 15:00 GMT (11:00 am for those on the East coast).  Their goal?  To make a “Moment in Time”.

You will be able to submit your photo to the New York Times website and they will be publishing a selection.  I’m not sure exactly what this will turn into, but it could be a really neat project!

Post Processing a Glove

The other night, my wife and I got to milk cows for our neighbors.  We always enjoy this as it gives us a chance to pretend to be farmers for a day.  Also, there’s something very rewarding about a little bit of hard work.

After we finished chores, I tried to get a few photos.  At my wife’s suggestion, I took a few of an old, well worn, pair of gloves.  While they may not be the prettiest things to look at, they really speak to the hard work that goes into any physical trade.

While I liked the original photo (shown below), I really felt that it didn’t do justice to the subject matter.  It looked a bit washed out directly out of camera (which isn’t unusual) and so I thought I’d give it a go and try my hand at some post processing in Lightroom.

NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/2.8, ISO 160 | zoom in
Original Photo

I really wanted to accent the aged / weathered look of the glove, so I dragged the Lightroom Clarity slider to +100.  This accentuated all the cracks and other textures of the glove.

NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/2.8, ISO 160 | zoom in
Clarity +100

This looked better, but I really wanted to make it look aged.  Usually, age yellows things.  So I changed the temperature to make the whole photo warmer and messed with the fill light and vibrance settings until I was happy.

NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/2.8, ISO 160 | zoom in
Warmed up the colors

I intentionally made things a bit too warm and yellow.  This was done because the next step was to desaturate the photo by dragging the saturation slider to around -25.  This isn’t so much as to create a greyscale photo, but enough to make it look antique.  I also did a little cropping to straighten the photo.

NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/2.8, ISO 160 | zoom in
Final Version

I’m happy with the outcome and used this version in my Daily Photo #60.  I never had to leave Lightroom and it took under 5 minutes!

Just as a note, the easiest way to view all the steps is to click on the first photo in this post.  Once it’s loaded in a larger format, hovering your mouse over the right and left sides will bring up next / previous buttons.

Let me know what you think!