Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lighting and Colours In the Vermilon River.

 The optimistic weather prediction of good weather to open Indian Summer was totally wrong,as we had rain.But it was needed,and for it we're thankful. The colour in the title deals not with the changing forest colours, but with the natural light. Several commentators used the word sepia in connection with the foggy beaver pond shots in the previous post. Those colours are the natural result of the sun deflection by the heavy fog. Despite global warming we still have four seasons, and all have a distinctive lighting or two. For instance in winter, we have grey skies which in combination with the snow turn a colour photo naturally monochromatic,except,of course, for the deep green of the coniferous trees.Yet that same day with a clear sky will produce an intensely bright coloured scene. I put a winter frost scene in the post to show you, and included another shot of the beaver pond in the fog. You can also see the same effect in all the backgrounds in the wild life photos. Some have a bright sky when I shoot upwards, while others are dark if the shot is level in a tree in a dense stand of trees.

THAT'S ALL THE HEAVY DUTY STUFF, SO CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO ENLARGE AND ENJOY THE SLIDE SHOW.

A post to I'd-Rather-Be-Birdin',Our World Tuesday andWild Bird Wednesday. Click anyone to redirect.


 The earlier shots were of the upper River, and big wetland as is the one opposite.
Looking east

 The East Track beaver pond with the heavy fog giving a sepia effect.
 The first is a coloured winter shot which the frost and the grey sky are making it appear as a black and white photo. The reflection in the Teal Duck shot, below, is the result of reflection, glare and blurring from the enlargement.

Duck in Flight

Wood Duck in flight with reflection.


Duck in flight.

Three ducks in flight.

Wood Ducks with gull

 I think these are the same teals as above, who circled and gave me another chance. This wetland is smaller than the big wetland, and is therefore easier to shoot in, because the glare is not so bad.There is more cover for me as well. In the big wetland I enter up a small hill to just below the trail for cover, and stop.So on a bright day, I'm shooting almost on a level plane to the duck, which maximizes glare on a bright summery day. If I move further up the hill, they're in the air and gone instantly.
Geese in the wetland.

 These silhouettes are another example of the interesting light. As the geese moved, below, the lightening altered and the geese's own colouring became more distinct.

Geese in flight.


 I really like the previous shot of the three Ravens framed by the red leaves. I call it " Le Rouge et Le Noir" after Stendhal's novel ("The Red and The Black" in English). It is one of my favourite novels.

The Blue Jays are now taking up residence along the River for the winter.
Close up.

Chickadee

Chickadee

Female Purple Finch.

Robin

 The Robins will stay until the bitter end,changing their diet to seeds and berries. They leave just before the snow falls.
 These are some more shots of a male immature Red-winged Blackbird completing his change. You can see his epalettes forming, but he's not black yet.



Swamp Sparrow

White Throated Sparrow.

Swamp Sparrow.

 This whole series was taken on the west side of the River. She's a female Yellow Rumped Warbler, maybe an immature.
Same


 These Red Squirrel shots are two different squirrels. Again there is different lighting effect. The first squirrel was shot in a dense black spruce stand, while the rest have a white birch as the background.



71 comments:

  1. your third shot is my favorite! beautiful! of course, the red squirrels are adorable. :)

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  2. Charming captures, Gary - especially the squirrel, but also like the wood duck in flight with reflection and the blue jays. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I absolutely love that opening scene, how gorgeous, all the way down to the adorable red Squirrel~

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  4. Love the closeup of the Blue Jay and the robin shots against a lovely blue sky!
    The third landscape shot with the reflections is gorgeous!

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  5. What a beautiful slide show, Gary! Hello to Boomer!

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  6. Fabulous images once again. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. Beautiful series.

    Visiting from Camera Critters. Crows is my entry this week. Hope you'd come and see.

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  8. These are amazing. Those geese silhouettes are really lyrical...stunning!

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  9. What a delightful view..love all the pictures..

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  10. The pictures of the ducks and geese in flight are great but since we don't have blue jays here, that is my favorite.

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  11. Beautiful series of shots. You captured all the birds very well. Sometimes it is hard to get those close up shots. Well done!

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  12. Beautiful varied picture series shows you as always.
    Wish you a good Sunday :)
    Hanne Bente

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  13. The first photo is my favorite ,lovley are they all ,have a nice day ,nette

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  14. This is a wonderful variety of critters! The Blue Jay reminds me of the European Jay I love to have as guest in may garden.

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  15. I am amazed to see how many different birds you can get so beautiful on your photo's. The landscape's with the fog are breathtaking. A couple of years ago the beaver escaped from a wildpark not far from where I live. There are 80 counted this year. I never had the change to see them but I hope I will in short time.
    Have a wonderful day Gary.

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  16. Beautiful series of photos, beautiful close-ups. Well done!
    Nice Sunday.
    Greetings Irma

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  17. It is a very beautiful landscape you have there! I am impressed that you have managed to catch the birds in fligth so perfect. I love the pictures of all the small birds and the squirrel, as well. I wish you a great sunday!

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  18. Great reflections in the lake.. Actually, all the photos are outstanding..

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  19. Hi Gary

    Your shots of the flying ducks are wonderful and really encourage me to work more on my own photos. You are right the ravens and the red leaves are spectacular.

    Hi to Boomer.
    Guy


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  20. I love your photos and your explanations. I am going to try to photograph wood ducks next year. So far I haven't been able to as they are shy!
    Our wetland is quite dry, too.
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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  21. Great varied pictures Gary - birds, animals and landscapes - you spoil us.

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  22. Nice post, Gary! Love the immature Red-wings - have never seen them that close.

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  23. Whatever the sky color your scenery is beautiful. I also especially like the immature blackbird.

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  24. Love the beautiful scenery and birds, and especially your discussion of the effects of lighting on your photos.

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  25. I really enjoy the scenery and the birds, and your interpretation of the effects of lighting on your images.

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    1. Great post. A lot of beautiful scenery!

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  26. Blue Jays...we don't have them this far South, so that was a wonderful share for me. As for your other photos, they're always a treasure trove of beauty. Especially wonderful is the ducks in flight...I know, at least for me and my hand held camera, capturing birds in flight is a great challenge!!!

    Thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot this weekend. I'm a little behind in paying my visits as I had a very busy weekend and wasn't online much!!! Your sharing is always much appreciated!!

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  27. You have so many wonderful birds here. I do think the geese are my favorites.

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  28. Wonderful shots of birds in flight.

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  29. I love the Swamp Sparrow. That's a new one to me.

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  30. Beautiful mix of shots. I love how you caught the reflection of the birds in flight.

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  31. Beautiful birds, delightful squirrels and wonderful captures of your very beautiful world, Gary! Have a great week!

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  32. Gorgeous wildlife photos. I really love that foggy landscape as well!

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  33. I like the reflections on the river and the wonderful birds in flight, Gary! As, always, outstanding photographs!

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  34. Birds in flight are pretty amazing, aren't they?

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  35. Birds in flight are pretty amazing, aren't they?

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  36. I love the right-angled reflection of pic3 and the mistiness of #5. I really like reflection in motion of the wood-duck. I think the chickadee is what we call a long-tailed tit although yours may be a bigger bird.

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  37. I love your reflection shots and as always all your bird and critter shots are great.

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  38. Lovely scenery and gorgeous birds. Love the shots of the ducks in flight. Great post!

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  39. Wish I could fly. Thank you very much for these inspirations. 'in flight with reflection' my favourite.

    Please have a good Tuesday.


    daily athens photo

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  40. Gorgeous gorgeous shots of birds! My favorite are of the blue jay because they come to the city to visit me :-)

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  41. Love the still calm of the water shots and then the birds in flight, nice contrast. http://looseleafnotes.com

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  42. Excellent place to lose a good season. Beautiful photos.
    Saludos.

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  43. As always ~ fantastic photography ~ love them all ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  44. I do like the sepia effect that a good fog gives the world, sometimes it's outright B&W on a good winter day. Nice photos!

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  45. You have so many more birds than I do at altitude. I see your leaves are changing. Love the mist and the wood duck reflection!

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  46. I've read The Red and the Black, and liked it very much! I agree, the ravens with the red leaves is a great shot! I am also a fan of both Impressionism and Romantic painting styles, and the quest for the perfect capture of light goes right along with your wonderful photography....for it changes with every moment, and can be so elusive. It brings new moods, and new facets of beauty to a scene as it changes things before your eyes. I had really hoped to capture the Grand Canyon in several different phases of light when we went but only had from about 1 to 3 pm....still, I can go back! LOVE your work! You produce some amazing photography! And I have fallen in love with the Vermilion River...maybe someday I can get to Ontario! Here's hoping you have a wonderful week!

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  47. Love that photo of the Ravens - their color is so stark against the red leaves!

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  48. What a beautiful and serene place you live in. Wonderful shots!

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  49. I like the geese silhouettes - geese were such an autumn and winter bird when I was a kid!

    Nice to see some them again.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  50. Thank you so much for the lovely walk in the park!!

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  51. You have an idyllic landscape and I envy your lenses as well as your skills, of course. But when you're in the hot tropics it is difficult to understand how winter is to humans and hot blooded creatures. Maybe i love the landscape and the wildlife but i can't tolerate the cold!

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  52. Stunning shots of birds and other critters. A beautiful place indeed. Thanks for the visit, have a great week :)

    www.1sthappyfamily.com

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  53. Beautiful light. It sure looks like fall!

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  54. I really like the picture of the canada goose flying with it's beak a bit open. I hope you and Boomer had a good walk. From Findlay

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  55. I hopped over to you from Brian King Images, your close ups are so detailed, and the squirrel with different background, wonderful to give us all the wording that makes a photo so special. I am adding you to my blog list, the ever increasing list with changing interests as I begin to look at life with a Canon 550D. Greetings from Jean in New Zealand.

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  56. You have some interesting and challenging changes of light to contend with Gary but you always come up with the goods.

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  57. I just photographed a blue teal duck [female] that looks a lot like what you shared. Will have to compare. LOL

    Again, as always, a pleasure to visit and view!!

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  58. Lovely shots of both scenery and wildlife!
    I particularly like the silhouettes of the geese today.

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  59. Lovely pictures! My favourite: the first of the geese in flight! /Pia

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  60. I don't know the novel, but if it is anywhere near as good a book as the "Red and the Black" picture is a photo, then I should definitely read it!

    Beautiful pictures...and the slide show definitely shows what you mean by your comments about lighting.

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  61. Great shots, Gary.

    I especially like Boom's pic at the top.

    B2B.

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  62. Beautiful light and reflections, free and comfortable birds, and adorable squirrels!

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  63. Wonderful images Gary...and thanks for the explanation of your colours.

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  64. Beautiful captures and wonderful explanation of the different shots. They are all captivating.

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