>Day 043 – 02122011

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This seagull graciously stayed in the same spot long enough for me to get close and take its picture while I changed the position of the polarizer filter on my lens. This filter helped me to get a deeper blue in the sky, as well as to eliminate glare and unwanted shine from the bird’s feathers and beak.

Contrast and color adjustments, as well as sharpening, were performed in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Technical data: 1/2000th sec at f/5.6, ISO 100.

>Day 030 – 01302011

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The rains have returned to our part of the world and I am very excited about that because tomorrow I will be able to go out to hunt for mushrooms and capture them with my camera.

The spiderweb in the photo above has almost a perfect spiral starting at its center before it breaks off.

I took this shot with the sun in front of me and at a 45 degree angle. The original raw file showed both magenta and green halos around the strong light points, which distracted the viewer’s attention from the beauty of the dew drops. Alas, I wasn’t able to discard the unwanted colors using any of the software I own. This is why I ended up converting the original raw file to grayscale.

Technical data: f/5.6, 1/320th sec, ISO 100.

>Day 029 – 01292011

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A quiet and peaceful time is had by all who visit and use the resources available at Spring Lake Park, home of the Santa Rosa Creek reservoir pictured above.

I took this photo using the auto settings in my camera because I had no tripod and the light kept shifting rather quickly as the sun began to burn off the fog.

Post processing of the original raw file included boosting both color saturation and sharpening in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Technical data: aperture f/6.3, exposure 1/400th sec, ISO 100.

Day 027 – 01272011

These are the branches of an unidentified bush that we saw growing at the edge of a brook.

I found the color of these branches to be quite striking because it made it stand out from the otherwise drab dead vegetation around it (although you can see some touches of green in the background).

A large aperture was chosen to obtain a shallow DoF, which helped to blur the background, thus emphasizing the branch in the forefront.

The original raw file was processed in Adobe Photoshop CS5 to correct the White Balance, to minimize color noise, and to add sharpening.

Technical data: aperture f/2.8, exposure 1/80th sec, ISO 200.

Day 025 – 01252011

The setting sun coming in through an open window creates this interesting pattern in the wires of a dish drying rack. I found this pattern to be intriguing enough to photograph.

The original raw file was converted to grayscale in Adobe Camera Raw, and subsequently refined (with a Curves adjustment, noise reduction and sharpening) in Adobe Photoshop CS5. The high ISO used gives the photo its characteristic grainy effect.

Technical data: aperture f/4.0, exposure 1/125th sec, ISO 1000.

Day 024 – 01242011

Today we enjoyed another beautiful early frosty morning at the Santa Rosa Creek reservoir in the Spring Lake Park. As we arrived there before the sunrise, we spied the swirls of mist rising from the water to create the scene shown above.

I am aware that one of the primordial rules of photography is to never place the horizon line right in the middle of a photo because it splits the image into two halves. Well, in this particular case I wanted to break that rule to show the reflection of the trees in the water.

Color saturation, cropping and sharpening all happened inside Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Technical data: aperture f/4.0, exposure 1/125th sec, ISO 100.

Day 023 – 01232011

A succulent plant (Agave obscura) showing the impressions the branches and spines leave on their counterpart in front as they mature. I found this pattern to be quite interesting.

The original color raw file was converted to black and white using Silver Effex Pro from Nik Software. Further cropping and retouching took place in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Technical data: aperture f/7.1, exposure 1/500th sec, ISO 100.