Unconventional Photography-Photo Composites

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After so many years of taking and processing “traditional” photographs, I decided to expand my creative side and signed up for an “unconventional” photography class at a local  community college near me. The class is designed to sharpen your photography skills and combine images artistically through photo manipulation.  The professor displayed a number of creative photographs that were the result of combining two or more different photographs. Window frames became works of art, and portraits were fashioned into painted illustrations. It awakened me to a whole new photographing/editing adventure!

Part of class last night was to take abstract photographs inside the campus. Below is a closeup of part of a waterfall taken with a slow shutter speed inside the entrance of the building my class was in. I liked the way it turned out and decided to try my hand at combining two photos. I had taken a photo of a white pelican on a lake a couple of years ago. Given the white edge at the top of the waterfall photo, I thought these two photographs might blend well. Both photos where processed separately then processed again when combined. I used two Apps, Snapseed® and Painnt®. Then finished it off with Photoshop Elements® and NIK®. I am quite sure this can be done using just  Photoshop. I haven’t mastered it enough so I improvised with what I know well.  If you haven’t tried this yet, I would highly recommend it. It has awakened a whole new energy within and expanded my parameters on what to photograph!

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Photography-Friendly Hummingbirds

Hummingbird-In flight

f7.1; 1/2000 sec; ISO 800; 250mm

“With Brave Wings She Flies”…..I never get tired of photographing hummingbirds. Each comes with its own personality. Some are very shy and hide behind the feeder hoping you won’t see them while others seem to pose for the camera. The other day, I was approaching the house. I heard the buzzing of the wings and chirping sound of the hummingbird. You can’t really hear their chirp unless you are really close. To my surprise this hummingbird (who is a frequent guest at our feeder) hovered about two feet in front of me, eye level, staring at me for at least 20 seconds before taking off. It was such a thrill to learn it was not afraid of me.

Photography – Hummingbirds

Hummingbird - at the feederEvery year I set up a couple of hummingbird feeders in my backyard. In northern Illinois, the Ruby Throated Hummingbird is primarily the only species that migrates to our area. This little bird averages 3″ to 4″ in size and can beat its wings 53 times per second. They are very fun to watch. The males are extremely territorial. They will dive bomb and give chase to an intruder to send him on his way.

This male hummingbird below would sit at the feeder for hours into the night to guard its territory.

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Bird Photography – Sometimes You Just Get Lucky!

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I was testing a camera lens for distance. So I decided to shoot this bird that was perched on a branch near the top of the tree. When I got home to view the shots I took that day, it was an unexpected surprise to see the dragonfly on the tip of the top tree branch. 

f/14; ISO 400; 1/1600; 250mm