>Day 045 – 02142011

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Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone who celebrates a day like today! Mother Nature has given us (in Northern California) the gift of rain on this beautiful Monday.

This male great blue heron (Ardea herodias) stopped by to check the land and wasn’t very thrilled that we wanted to take his picture. He promptly flew away as I got closer. His mate, on the other hand, actually stayed and roamed around the area on foot for a while.

Technical data: f/5.0 at 1/500th sec, ISO 100.

>Day 042 – 02112011

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The weather is still sunny and nice enough to visit the great outdoors in this part of the world.

Our weekly pilgrimage to Bodega Bay, California, yielded the image above. I took a series of 25 photos showing this snowy egret (Egretta thula) feeding on crabs it had found at the banks of Doran Creek. Eventually I might post the rest of photos in the series in my Flickr page.

Once again, my trusted Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM zoom lens came through with flying colors.

Technical data: f/5.6, 1/800th sec, ISO 100.

>Day 035 – 02042011

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A young specimen of snowy egret (Egretta thula) hunting for food at the Santa Rosa Creek reservoir. This bird looked mature enough to be hunting by itself, however it was smaller in size than the other specimens we’ve seen around the reservoir.

Cropping and sharpening of the original raw file were performed in Adobe Camera Raw.

Technical data: f/4.5, 1/250th sec, ISO 100.

>Day 032 – 02012011

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I do not understand the dynamics behind this phenomenon, but I found it fascinating to watch how the water spray formed and flew backwards as the waves crashed before reaching the shore. The ocean was restless because a rainstorm had just passed by this area a few hours before and the wind was gusting.

The photo was taken at a safe distance from the water using a 70-200mm zoom lens extended to its maximum focal length.

Technical data: f/5.6, 1/1250th sec, 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.