Saturday, November 24, 2012

Various Scenes, and Wildlife Of The Vermilon River.

 This post is again about colour in my homeland, and water. First colour: the weather has been so changeable that it's been difficult to keep up, but by in large, the temperatures have been unseasonably warm. This has resulted in heavy fogs of the pea-soup variety, and dripping forests. Now you can in this sort of  wet stay home, or go out, and enjoy the peculiar colours. All you have to do is learn to photograph it.You probably know these tips, but I'm going to repeat them. After all sharing information is part of the blog tradition. All the hints relate to the fog,of course not the sunny photos.


Opposite is the Upper River, which is extremely photogenic, but the fog adds a sense of mystery and mysticism to it.In fact, if a troll suddenly materialized you wouldn't be too surprised would you?

This time the shot is of a wetland in an even thicker fog. You can check out the others, some of which were taken as the fog lightened. By in large all the foggy shots were taken at f 4.5, 1/160th, and an ISO of 800. I used an aperture priority;thus, controlling the aperture size, and letting the speed fall out. Photoshop, the contrast area only, was used above to enhance the blue tone. The lighten or darken selector will remove the fog altogether. A complete removal was done in the wetland dripping tree photo below. Just one further tip. I focused on the nearest solid structure. If you don't, you'll run into trouble, as your camera will find the lighting too dark to focus using AF.


What I'm doing is using the water to show the treed background. If there was a flight of geese, I would use the water to pick up the birds' reflection in the water. It's too dark to get them in the air.The option is no photo, and the loss of an opportunity to show another colour facet of the area that I live in. Just one further tip. I'm shooting in cold, wet conditions. When you take your camera inside you run the risk of condensation damage. I put my camera in the bag and close it outside. I leave it for an hour in the bag inside and then open it. Hence no condensation damage.
REMEMBER CLICK ON ANY PHOTO FOR THE SLIDE SHOW.

Blue Jay in the sun.

Chickadee feeding on a birch.

Geese on the fast moving River.

Raven in flight.

Redpoll in the sun.

This is the tundra river with an ice slick on it.The level is up with the rainy period. Boom and I used the tundra trail to get here. We, or more properly me, decided to jump a wet area. I reasoned that my cane, even though it would sink in the boggy mud, and Boom's weight would be enough to clear the wet patch. Boom got covered in black mud, and I got a soaker, so much for my leadership.
River bank in the sun.
Sun reflection on the River seen through the black spruce trees .

A post to I'd Rather Be Birdin',My World Tuesday,Wild Bird Wednesday,Camera Critters, and SWF

Upper River in the sun.
Male Hairy Woodpecker.

Blue Jay.

Female Evening Grosbeck

Foggy River bank.

Geese moving in the current.

Redpoll.

Water drops.

Male Hairy Woodpecker.

More Fairy lights.

River.

Male Hairy 

Male Hairy Woodpecker.

Female Evening Grosbeak.

Sun on the River bank.

Deep in the tree.

Male Hairy


Geese in Flight.

Geese resting

Uncertain sky

Raven

East Track turn in the fog.

Foggy wetland.

Raven with a prize.


Foggy rocks in the wetland.

Sunny upper River.

Dripping water (fog removed).

Redpoll

56 comments:

  1. Great series of photos, especially the geese enjoying their habitat. Love fog pictures, too and I bet the sunshine is a welcomed site.

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  2. Great series, especially the woodpeckers.
    The scenery is beautiful.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  3. Really liking the mood and lighting on the foggy shots

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  4. the reflections into the water are just beautiful. love all the blues and fall colors.

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  5. Cold fog can be so cold, it seems to seep into eveything, the camera bag tip, thankyou so much. Lovely series, I like the Chickadee feeding, with blue sky behind, and the sunny upper river, perfect when you click on it.Take care in the mud and slime, where is that photo?? Hope some sunshine warms up your day today.Greetings from Jean

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  6. Another beautiful series. Loved the water and the reflections, blue sky, fog (magical). Wonderful!

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  7. thanks for the tips Gary. Great pictures too.

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  8. Beautiful captures & gorgeous scenery! =)

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  9. I love the fog in the 2nd shot! Beautiful! :):):)

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  10. So many little birds! Love the fog shots!

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  11. Beautiful photo series showing.
    Thanks for the comment on my blog.
    Hanne Bente

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  12. Hi Gary

    Thank you for the tips on the camera. You had some lovely photos in this post.

    Regards
    Guy

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  13. You make the best bird photos of anyone. But today I am especially intrigued by that sun reflected through the black trees! Stunning. And I haven't even looked at it in slide format yet. Thank you for the hints about taking pictures in fog -- I do have that sometimes, but I hope I never need the cold weather tip. (Wimp that I am.) Thanks for another lovely post.

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  14. Thank you for taking us on a wonderful trip. Wow! :)

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  15. Gorgeous photos of the birds and landscape!

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  16. Everything is so pretty in the fog! Wonderful sharp pics of the birds too.

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  17. Beautiful scenery and birds! Looking at it makes me happy to be back in sunny Florida, even without the redpolls and Pine Grosbeaks.

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  18. Always love your birds and your water shots this week are fantastic! Beautiful to see everything wrapped in fog! Hope you have a great week, Gary!

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  19. Wonderful photos, I love. Saludos.

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  20. Lovely scenes and birds! Your photos are wonderful!

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  21. Good for you for getting out even in foggy weather!

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  22. Fantastic photography ~ all of them ~ especially love the birds ~ ( A Creative Harbor) on Blogger ^_^

    ps ~ When I see your bird photography I think about becoming a bird watcher ~ ^_^ sans camera!

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  23. I'm glad you went out into the pea soup and took these wonderful shots. I think fog is so mysterious and magical. Always enjoy the birds you photograph.

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  24. Another great series of photos and thanks for the photography tips. I get so used to bright sunshine that I completely forget what to do when a rain storm comes through!

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  25. Your fog pics are amazing. Thanks for the tip about condensation of the lens! Somehow, this post was not only informative, but also humorous! Have a great week:)

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  26. the views and birds are gorgeous. i enjoy your photos.

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  27. Wonderful series as always, but I especially love the foggy/misty shots. Beautiful!

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  28. I love thre misty morning photo and all your wonderful shots of the woodpecker!

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  29. Such a beautiful series, Gary!
    I have enjoyed them very much... :))
    Warm greetings, Anna

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  30. Suas fotos são lindas!
    adoro pássaros!
    Nunca vi a neve, moro em um país tropical, Só tem neve de vez em quando no Sul.
    agora posso ver aqui.
    abraços
    Zizi

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  31. Sorry you two got soaked but your pics are fantastic.

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  32. I really like that Hairy Woodpecker. Super shots.

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  33. Very nice photos of landscape, fog and specially the woodpecker!
    Greetings Pia

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  34. Cute little featherballs and beautiful reflections !

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  35. Hi !
    Blue jay is a bird whom we like very much ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

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  36. Your photos are simply amazing! I love to see what you have found. But, to be honest, there are way too many in one post for me to really appreciate them all--with limited blog time :)

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  37. Love all the foggy pics... The redpolls are beautiful - I wish they were more common down here!

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  38. Love all the foggy pics... The redpolls are beautiful - I wish they were more common down here!

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  39. As always wonderful bird shots but I'm really liking the first fog shot and the railroad track one.
    Great reflection shots as well.

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  40. I like the atmosphere of that "blue misty shot" - it really does seem to say winter.

    I agree that my Omani cat was a fine looking fellow - although I'm not sure his feathered countrymen would agree!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  41. You were so lucky with different weather. Clear photos taken on a sunny day are refreshing to see and the foggy scenes are evocative and atmospheric.

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  42. Great post, as usual! I really like to images of the fog.....and the birds.....and the water.....and the sky.

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  43. LOVE those moody, atmospheric shots almost better than the stars of the show - the birds!!

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  44. Gary, I love all this. You live in a rea that has so much going on that you cant fail to be inspired and pick up the camera put on the walking boots and get out.... fantastic

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