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Archive for February, 2010

Evening Meal

Here is another image from my last trip to Bosque del Apache. It was taken in the evening as the cranes were returning to the ponds after spending the day foraging in the fields. The light was very soft and it gave the image a sepia–like quality that I really like.

This is a landscape version of an image I have already posted in this blog. Once again, I rescued it from my archives when I was going through my images from last year. I think I like the light in this one better than the portrait version.

Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikon 80–400 mm zoom lens, Bogen tripod

Camera Settings: f 11, 1/250th sec., ISO 400.

Processing: Contrast, vibrance, and clarity adjustments in Adobe Lightroom, curves adjustment, and RAW conversion in Photoshop.


This image was made in my front yard just as the sun was clearing the mesa–hence the name. I like the way the sunlight illuminates the tiny hairs on the stems, and backlights the petals so the flower seems to glow from within.

I used the rule of thirds to position the main subject in the upper right of the frame, and let the stem and bud fall across the center. This creates more visual interest than if I had centered the flower.

Equipment: Nikon F100, Nikon 105 mm f2.8 macro lens, Bogen tripod, Fuji Velvia transparency film.

Camera Settings: f8, 1/15th sec., film ISO 50.

Processing: Scanned to digital with Nikon Coolscan V, levels, curves, saturation adjustments, and sharpening in Photoshop.