Here’s a photo I took after last weeks ice storm. Also this is the first time I tried using photo stacking. I took four different photos at different focus points and blended them together in Photoshop. The advantage of this is it increases depth of field. I took this on Christmas day and it was a little breezy so I used a fast shutter speed to stop the movement of the berries but that gave me a shallow depth of field. All the berries would not have been in focus, combining the four images took care of the problem. There are many tutorials on Youtube that explain how to do this technique.
Another photo I took a few months back on the Cascades Trail up in Andover. It’ll be a while, around these parts, before we see green again.
I am now taking orders for my 2014 Maine Nature Calendar. It features photos of various Maine wildlife and landscapes. The cost this year will be 12 dollars, same as last year. If you’re interested send me an e-mail to reserve a copy. If it needs to be shipped, add $3.50 shipping fee.
The white is a sheet I hung up in the background.
This ruby crowned kinglet visited the sunflower on the same day as the chickadee. I don’t see too many of these around the yard so it was a nice surprize.
I grew some sunflowers this past summer and let them go to seed and as you can see the local birds found them. I took this photo on Saturday, I just stood about twelve feet away from the dried plant and waited for the chickadees to show up.
I finally got a chance to go out and do some photography the other day. I took a walk in the back forty and found this late blooming black eyed susan. Even though they usually bloom in July and August I’ve found if an area is shaded they bloom a lot later. That’s the case where I took this photo, the area is in the shade most of the day. The area also has a ton of milkweeds and all the seed pods are bursting open and releasing their seeds, this seed happened to be caught on the flower blossom.
Photo taken in Grafton Notch State Park when I was there back in July.
Chickadee pausing on a fir branch before visiting the feeder.