Exploring by the Lake

Even with all the GoPro photos I’ve been posting from my bike rides, I’ll still stop if I see something I want to shoot with my cell. If any of the locations look familiar, I shot these the same day I took the photos I posted yesterday. I the editing on a couple of these looks extreme, it’s because I’m messing around with some more advanced Lightroom tools. Please, let me know if I’ve gone too far with these.

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Returning To Twin Lakes

I had more yard work to do, but I brought my DSLR this this time so I don’t have to rely on my camera phone. I lucked out, since the birds were feeling friendly. Normally they hang back at the tops of trees and close to the water, but today they stuck close enough to the road that I could get clear shots with my 24-70mm and 50mm.

Of course, I shot more than just the red-winged black birds.

And, because all of you just love toads:

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The Insects are Coming

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My old neighborhood is in something of a swamp, so the insects are out in full force with summer. The beetle was out by my grandparents’, and is actually a night shop I snapped the shot at night with my new flash and 50mm 1.8. The dragonfly was actually shot with my camera phone while I was mowing a lawn. I dropped it into Lightroom where I bumped the contrast and clarity, played with the saturation, and added some lens distortion.

A Walk in the Pond

With winter reluctantly relinquishing its grip on Ohio and surrendering it to spring, the wildlife is beginning to reemerge. I’m really iffy on these photos. I love the subject matter, but find the photos themselves technically weak. The glass on my telephoto isn’t fantastic, and it’s only a 5.6, limiting what I could do in today’s low light conditions. Couple that with the fact that I didn’t have my beloved monopod with me, and you have some grainy photos. I want to try again with more light, and the proper gear.