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Sandhill Bokeh

This Florida Sandhill crane wasn’t too concerned about the guy crouched in the bush aiming a camera at it. The time of day and the sunlight caused the red crest to glimmer and appears over-saturated in the photo. In truth, I decreased the saturation to bring in blown out detail. What I liked best about this photo was the contrast of the crane against the browns and greens of the nice bokeh backdrop (if you just met a new word, “bokeh” is the term for the fuzzy visual quality of the out of focus areas). I wish the feathers along the crane’s neck were sharper, but that’s my own fault for using a large aperture to get the bokeh effect. I intentionally left the image a bit dark, as it more closely reflects the actual setting. I might change my mind about that and brighten it up when I come back and look at it again later. The green cast under the beak is whatever it is that grows plentifully on the surface of the body of water it was eating from. I offered it a clean paper towel I had in my camera bag, but it declined, turned and walked away. Yep. It’s definitely from around here.

"Sandhill Bokeh", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/60 sec., 300mmClick for enlarged view.

“Sandhill Bokeh”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/60 sec., 300mm
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Butterfly Sunshine

What would a butterfly quote, on looking in the mirror? It would say, “the adventure was worth it!”
— Manali Oak

As promised, here’s the last of the three butterfly shots I unexpectedly came upon a few evenings back. Like the photos in the last two posts, it’s a significant crop of the original image. In fact, you might notice it looks a whole lot like yesterday’s composition, altered at capture by 1/200th of a second and a ray of sunlight. I like the rich yellow — dare I say buttery — backdrop created at this exposure by the yellow flowers under heavy bokeh/shallow depth of field.

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"Butterfly Sunshine" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/1000 sec., 85 mm

“Butterfly Sunshine” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/1000 sec., 85 mm

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Butterfly Glow

“Butterflies are not insects,’ Captain John Sterling said soberly. ‘They are self-propelled flowers.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

I really like the glow of pastel colors going on in the bokeh (the out of focus background) in this shot. At the time, it was not my intent to photograph butterflies; the butterfly blog posts are the result of seeing something unexpected and aiming the camera before the moment — and the opportunity — fluttered away. I didn’t have the ideal lens for the shooting conditions; some pretty significant cropping occurred in the final images. But, as they say, sometimes the best camera for the job is the one you have on hand. I set my aperture wide open to intentionally drop the ugly background that was in frame, creating an interesting backdrop instead.

If you’ve liked the last two butterfly posts, please visit again tomorrow for a final fluttering photo. And it’s a good thing it’s the last – there’s surprisingly few interesting/intriguing butterfly quotes out there to go with them.

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"Butterfly Glow" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/800 sec., 85 mm

“Butterfly Glow” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/800 sec., 85mm
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A Purpled Haze

Purple haze all in my eyes
Don’t know if it’s day or night
You’ve got me blowin, blowin my mind
Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?
– Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze

The shallow depth of field effect (what’s in sharp focus and what is not) is called “bokeh”. It means fuzzy, blurry or indistinct and most photographers enjoy exploiting it with the right subject. It’s another one of thousands of reasons to learn to use your camera’s manual settings and to forget that it has an Auto mode. 🙂

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/1000 sec at f/2.5, 50mm

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