Week 41 – #10 Leading Lines – Ducks at the Rookery

I took this photo at the Venice Rookery while I was there to do some bird photography. This family of ducks was walking along the shore, then got in the water, and casually swam away. They were not lined up initially. One baby duck needed some encouragement to get in line. Pretty soon they were in formation.

Nice leading line with the ducks and, perhaps, the v-shape of the waves.




Week 38 – #25: SOOC

I took this photo of a Great Egret at the Venice Rookery. This is a jpg directly from the raw file Straight Out of the Camera (SOOC). I did crop the image about 50% with camera landscape profile, but no editing.


Week 35 #29 Sky Overlay – String Lake

Earlier this year, I submitted this photo in the Spring Digital Salon. One of the judges did not like it because the sky was “blah!” – so no award.

So I took a sky replacement course by Blake Rudis at www.f64elite.com and modified this image. Blake’s course taught five methods in Photoshop for adding/enhancing clouds. For this photo I decided to add clouds using some of the “clouds brushes” provided with the course. First, I adding clouds to the sky to a new layer. Then, I made an inverted copy of the clouds as reflection on the water to a separate layer. Adjustments to opacity and blending mode helped make the reflected clouds “believable” – IMHO.

I must agree with the judge that the original solid blue sky was “blah” compared to this cloudy sky. What do you think?

I have since printed the photo and submitted the print in the FCCC Second Tri-annual Print competition.  I just found out that I got a “Red Ribbon” (top 90% of scores) in the competition!! I guess adding the sky overlay helped!

String Lake
String Lake, Grand Teton National Park, WY

Original photo:It's even more peaceful around the bend

Week 34 #50 Starts with a Q – Qualifying

Sarasota hosted the 2019 US Rowing’s Youth National Competition at Nathan Benderson Park on June 7-9. Qualifying races on Saturday were run every 7 minutes. So there was plenty of action throughout the morning.

These two young men worked hard, but unfortunately they did not make it to the semi-final race.


Week 29 #39 Negative Space – Friends

The LWRDPC’s April field trip was to the Herrmans’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions ranch in Myakka City, FL to watch a practice session.

Prior to the event, we walked through the stables. Here one of the performers (also grad-daughter of the family matriarch) admires one of the stallions. I shot this is color (of course) and converted to black and white in post processing.


Week 19 # 31 – Eye Lines (Mom and Chicks)

This photo of the Great Blue Heron mom and chicks was taken at the Venice Rookery earlier this week. The chick has just had some breakfast, but it seems to want more to eat.

Although only one chick is clearly visible, there are actually three chicks in the nest. If you look carefully, you may see two furry balls surrounding the visible chick. They are about one week old.

The image is cropped a lot. But since I was using a Nikon D850 (with full frame sensor at 8256×5504 maximum resolution) at 600mm, the image still seems suitable for viewing online or an 8″x10″ print.


Week 17 – #12 Wild Card – Lunar Eclipse

  • Lunar eclipse
  • Blood moon
  • Blue moon
  • Super moon (not really according to NASA)

No matter what you call it, the lunar eclipse the night of January 20 and into the early morning of January  21, 2019 EST was beautiful.

During the day of the eclipse, the sky was cloudy and the winds were blowing strong. Early in the evening, the winds started to die down. About 15 minutes before the earth started to eclipse the moon, the clouds moved on. The full eclipse lasted nearly an hour!