Baby Mallards

I walked along Plum Creek this morning in a light drizzle/sprinkle to look for the baby ducks.  I found them hiding in the grass and huddled up to stay dry and warm.  I had to crop quite a bit to get these images since I only had 135mm focal length lens and it isn’t long enough for pictures made from a distance.

I wanted to make sure I knew where to find them in another few days.  I have another longer lens on order and I hope to get better images in a few days.

Moon Light

What do you do when you want to make pictures and it is very windy in the middle of the day and you have nothing of interest to photograph?  You make moonshine … well sort of.  These kinds of environmental conditions bore me, so I decided to try something else.

I cranked the exposure back -5 and used the program mode to make a few pictures in order to attempt to create images that looked like they were made in the moon light.  Doing this kept the ISO low with very small apertures (deep DoF) and very high shutter rates (no problems with blowing plants) …. On the order of f/11 and shutter rates as fast as 1/12,500 sec. using my micro 4/3 E-M1 Mk II camera.  I then used LR to adjust the exposures and dial back the saturation.

The initial results are shown above.  I’ll have to remember this technique when I’m out walking and try to work on improving it.

Rarely Noted around Plum Creek

Don’t forget to click on any photo to view them all in Slide Show mode.

These are views I saw on one walk around Homewood at Plum Creek.  You might have seen these same scenes, but I doubt you would see them as I see them through my lens.  They are all common scenes to be viewed while walking on the paved paths and streets.

Wondering Why


I am still checking the Pentax K-3 and the 18-135mm lens.  The original color jpeg image (below) was made at 135mm focal length, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/200 sec.  I then cropped out a section of the original, resized it, used LR Classic CC’s B&W Sepia preset, and Nik Analog Efex Pro 2 to apply the blur focus effect for the revised version at the top.  Unfortunately, I still am wondering what to photograph and what to do with them other than to just have fun making them.