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If you think Mourning Doves are dowdy, brown-colored birds, think again! ūüôā

“Snowy Mourning” (Mourning Doves) Nikon D300, 400mm, F/7.1, 1/200s, +0.3EV

I’ve been having a very hard time of late, something akin to “writer’s block.”¬†¬†I go out and shoot for hours in this cold, wet weather and yet,¬†come back with very little to show for it. Oh, I take lots of pictures, mind you, but when I load them up onto the¬†computer, I am, let’s say, less than¬†enthused?¬†

What my heart is missing¬†are the flowers.¬†From the perennials in the garden to the unknown¬†varieties growing wild in the woods, I miss them all. And I miss what comes with them – butterflies, bees, birds, moths, crickets, etc. In the warmer months, they are all around me, feeding my passion to the point where my heart is racing and I can’t photograph fast enough!¬†

Sigh. I long for those days.   

"Stumped" (Snow-covered Tree Stump) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/11, 1/200s, ISO 640

Today, again, I spent hours in the snowy woods, photographing what appeared at the time to be interesting forms¬†– from downed trees, to peeling bark, to stumps, to lichens, to shadows, etc. May have been some other photog’s dream but for me? Eh. I just don’t get it.¬†¬†¬†

Perhaps I am trying to hard, expecting too much.¬†I know inspiration will return,¬†it always does. Let’s hope for tomorrow!

Normally, I wouldn’t have easy access to this private beach but being extremely low tide, it was a fairly short hike over from Lynch Park.¬†Not much activity to be found so I decided to have a little fun with my fisheye lens.

I definitely need more practice with this technique, but seeing as the temps were freezing, I was shooting into the sun and snow clouds were fast approaching, I did the best I could!

“The Dead of Winter” (Close-up of Clam Shell at Rice Beach, Beverly) Nikon D300, 10.5mm F/2.8G Fisheye, F/16, 1/800s, +0.7EV, ISO 320, SB900 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, +2.0EV

Sometimes, I wish another photog was around to capture me in the process Рbelly side down, flat-out on the sand, as close to this shell as humanly possible, all the while trying to keep the horizon line dead center of the lens!

On second thought, good thing there wasn’t! ūüôā

I generally like to take photographs using available light (admittedly I am somewhat lazy and this is the easiest thing to do). 

However sometimes, there are advantages to eliminating the available light completely from the scene, then highlighting certain points with the use of an external flash. 

Intrigued? I will explain. 

This fluffy seed pod of Clematis ‘Dr. Ruppel’ covered in a light dusting of snow caught my attention but appeared very blah¬†when shot at normal exposure (light-colored pod against overcast sky = uninteresting results).¬†

“Old Man Winter” (Seed Pod of Clematis ‘Dr. Ruppel’ in Winter) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/13, 1/80s, -2.0EV, ISO 100, SB900 with Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, +2.0EV

But, when I purposefully underexposed the image, creating a very dark background (almost looks light nighttime, eh?) and then added in a fairly strong pop of flash, Voila!  

One pretty nice photo! ūüôā

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