Friday Funnies - September 28th

2011 07 03 23287 B83H3331 Huh??  Peanuts?  You have PEANUTS!

Don't ever forget that nature can be as close as your own backyard, you need to take the time to notice.

This little chipmunk got very comfortable with us over the summer, running right up to us as long as we didn't' make any sudden moves.  Bringing his family along with him, he got very used to the nuts we'd bring.

Look a little closer, and find some of the wild in your own backyard or neighborhood.

Stay in focus,


Revisit Your Work

2010 Edit What a difference three years can make!

I mentioned in a previous post to never go back and delete your older work - always save it as a reference of how far your photography skills have come.  I still hold firmly to that statement, even though your previous work may be obviously sub-par to your current capabilities - keep it as a timeline of your progression in the hobby.  There is another reason, however, why you might want to go back and revisit some of your previous work  . . . your editing skills have probably improved significantly.

Go back and take a look at some of your older images - ones that you still feel have pretty solid photographic elements - take an original copy of that photo and reprocess it as you would do it today.  You may be very surprised at how far you've come.

The opening image in this set is from an air show three years ago.  The image capture is pretty solid, with good exposure - and it demonstrates my processing skills circa 2009.  The picture below is the same image, processed with my 2012 skill sets - the difference in skill growth is obvious to me in several areas:

  • Composition: a much better crop demonstrates a better grasp and positioning of the main subject
  • Contrast: more detail (that was in the original image) is now popping out
  • Selective editing: sharpening, shadow work and color corrections are now applied to only the areas that need them

2012 Edit

So don't go back into your past albums and delete any of your images - but do go back and revisit some of them.  You'll be amazed at your progress - and may just find some hidden gems waiting for your contemporary skills to be applied.

Stay in focus,


Friday Funnies - April 20th

Mark Theriot  The fight is on Kick Me!  I'll Kick Ya Back - Get Out Of My Pond!

Another lesson in always being ready for the action.  The Coot on the left was being mercilessly chased by the other for about five minutes - you knew something had to give.  Sure enough, the "chasee" turned around and proceeded to kick the snot out of the "chaser" - and those are some serious feet to get kicked with!

I almost left this pond, but decided to hang around just in case.  It's a good thing I was prepared, this brawl was over in about 15 seconds!

Stay in focus,


Friday Funnies - April 13th

Mark Theriot  NO REALLY it was this big No, REALLY  . . . It Was THIS BIG!!

Courtship and mating season are an awesome time for wildlife photographers, I love the shows that are put on!  Many species are at their most colorful and you can always count on a fight breaking out early on.

Males can suffer in many ways, loosing a fight is just one of them.  I've seen many male Cormorants (like the ones above) put on the most detailed courtship dance . . . to a female that could care less, or wose yet - to one that was "already married"!

It's spring, and love is in the air!

Stay focused,