I played with Fractalius and one of my Spoonie images from Circle B last weekend. I thought the pink bird flying out of the dark background was very dramatic. Fractalius can be a lot of fun!
(Rich picked the title. I hope you agree with him.) This is a Fractalized image of two Tricolored Heron babies taken last weekend at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. The nest was at waist-level and so close to the boardwalk that I had to add an extension tube to the Beast to be able to […]
This was the first weekend that I had free time for photography, and the weather most certainly did not cooperate. So I spent some time with Photoshop instead…
Regardless of Punxsutawney Phil’s verdict today, I think spring is in the air. The trees flushed with new growth several weeks ago. Stores are stocking summer annuals that they usually don’t have until April. Poor Squirt is having trouble finding his pansies already (Lowes ran out of six-packs!) Today’s image is a Roseate Spoonbill from […]
I feel like this Red-breasted Merganser today, shaking off two looooong weeks of work. It was literally eat-sleep-work, where I was logging over a hundred hours a week. I think I’m just about done with the insane hours, so I hope to start blogging regularly again. Today’s image is another Out-of-Bounds effect that I did […]
I drooled over Dan’s recent Flickr image of a Black-Crowned Night Heron with the “out of bounds” effect in Photoshop. Then he started a blog and posted how he did it! (Thank you!) So I watched the video, learned about the effect, and had to try it myself. Rich told me that I had to […]
Since I couldn’t go out to photograph much this weekend, I played some with my Fractalius plug-in. I’m learning that pictures that have good poses but aren’t perfectly exposed or focused can be good candidates for Fractalius. In this case, I blew the highlights of the Sanderling a little. But what I really liked was […]
Mum-mum still has hummingbirds visiting her feeders. I’m jealous. I’m hoping that they are winter residents and not just migrants. She’s had them for about a month now. Since I don’t have hummers in my yard, here’s a hummer from Callaway Gardens. I used the Fractalius filter to play with it…
Car trouble kept me home this morning…and then after we got the car back home, we discovered that it still had issues, so we spent a good chunk of the afternoon in the car dealership. So not much photography is happening today. :( I took my laptop with me to the waiting area, and played […]
It’s getting harder and harder to find good birding subjects in this heat! Even the mallards are scarce in Stoneybrook West right now. So here’s a Fractalius image for the day…
We needed the rain. We needed the rain. I kept repeating that to myself as I looked outside, wishing I was out with my camera. Why can’t it rain on days that I have to work instead of days that I have off? So I stayed inside and worked on post-processing today. I had a […]
I played more with Fractalius tonight. This is a Limpkin picture from this weekend’s Circle B Bar Reserve visit. I love how the beak turned out.
Can you imagine going through life with ridiculously long red legs? It’s not often that I devote a Beyond The Backyard blog post exclusively to one bird. But after spending the morning at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, I had a ton of great images of Black-Necked Stilts. They are all over! I found […]
I downloaded the Fractalius Photoshop filter this afternoon. It’s fun! It works by finding fractals inside your image. You control how the image looks by dragging sliders to vary the line size, diffusion, and a bunch of other factors. For some of these pictures, I blended the Fractalius output with the original image. For others, […]