Bird of Prey

Reminder to self:  Take notebook if going to zoo to take photos.  Write down names of animals you take photos of!

I just remember that these birds of prey were next to the vultures.  This photo was taken through quite small aviary wire so there is some shading from that wire.  Such an intense look, though.  Processed in Photoshop Elements 6 with adjusted levels, high pass filter and burning.

Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/5.6, 1/250 sec., ISO 500, focal length 250 mm.  No flash.

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Parrots

Went to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo today.  I took about 150 photos, so I’ll have a few animals to show for the next few days.  Maybe some of them may actually fit a theme!  My husband and daughter and I had a great time.  The first two shots that I will share with you came from the aviary.  Both were processed in Photoshop Elements with adjusted levels, high pass filter and burning.  Hope you like them.

Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/5.6, 1/160 sec., ISO 1600, focal length 163 mm.  No flash.

Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/8, 1/40 sec., ISO 1600, focal length 250 mm.  No flash.

Lone Cypress

Taken yesterday along 17-mile drive in Carmel, CA.  Adjusted levels, highlights and cropped.  Applied Topaz Simplify watercolor adjusted for contrast.  Extensively dodged and burned.

Camera settings: F/9, 1/200 sec., ISO 100, focal length 74 mm.  No flash.

Here is the unedited original:

And here is a close up of the cracked rock face.  You can see the tethers stabilizing the cypress tree.

Oddity

Don’t know what this little guy is.  He’s an Oddity here in Central California.  He must be another of the many species that just pass through this time of year.  He was very cooperative as he fed on the seeds from our dormant crepe myrtle.   I also liked the Topaz Simplify watercolor  version and included it also as #2.  Just adjusted levels and burned quite a bit on #1.

#1 #2Camera settings: F/5.6, 1/250 sec., ISO 100, focal length 250 mm.

Bluejay

This scrub jay has been in my front yard fighting with the resident mockingbirds.  In another month robins may be joining in as well!  Feisty bunch!  Ran this through Topaz Adjust and put a motion blur around the edges.

Camera settings: F/5.6, 1/320 sec., ISO 125, focal length 250 mm.