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| p.1 #1 · Another Walden Ponds variety pack |
I stopped in Walden Ponds early in the morning the other day, and it was overcast and very foggy. There were a bunch of birds flying low over the calm water, getting bugs from the surface and probably from the air. I used this as an excuse to practice tracking erratic flight patterns with a long lens, using the "both eyes open" method to try to keep the lens on the birds as they darted all over the place. Man, was that hard, but after a while I started to get the hang of it a little bit.
The fog and lack of contrast made for unusual looking scenes, as you can't see where the air ends and the water begins. With reflections, this looks strange, but kind of interesting. And the processing that I did on them to bring out the colors makes the look kind of like watercolor paintings, I think. I believe the birds are Violet-green Swallows.
As usual, C&C is welcome. In particular, I would like to know what you think about the first three shots. Interesting, or too odd?
I guess I like Avocets. I got a couple more shots of them as the fog burned off.
Not the most exotic bird, but I think this one came out well. Female Red-Winged Blackbird, I believe.