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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ambush Revisited

I was looking at the ambush shots from last week and noticed a few things I really didn't like about them. The overall effect of the Lightroom preset I used was ok, but it did some strange things to some of the edges. So I went back through and re-edited them, this time in color. Here's the original. And part 2 &3. Let me know which you like better, thanks!



Friday, June 24, 2011

Go Small or Go Home

Today while I was at my Parents' house everyone but me fell asleep. That was my cue to go outside and take some pictures! There wasn't really much to shoot, but I came across this Sassafras tree with one dead leaf. The sun was hitting it just right to make it glow like crazy.
The shots I was getting weren't really doing anything for me though. But I was using my Tamron 90mm macro lens, so I decided to do a macro. Holding the leaf up to the sun with my left hand, I took the shot with my right. The results were rather pleasing!
My advice for any photographer is never give up. If you just approach from a different perspective, you may find the perfect shot. Also buy a macro lens! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ambush Parts 2 & 3

The air outside is so nice, Lego Bob decided to go out for a walk. Bob doesn't check the corner.....

Bob is about to have a bad day.....

 Ambush Part 1

Red River National Wildlife Refuge

One of my favorite places to go on a photo walk is the Red River National Wildlife Refuge. It is an awesome place to take a photo walk. If you have a refuge near you, give them a visit!

At the Headquarters Unit in Bossier, LA there are LOTS of armadillos.
I spend more time at the Bayou Pierre unit. I have spent hours just walking and taking pictures!
This coyote scared me when he let loose an ear piercing howl about 100 yards from me!
So these are just a few of the shots I have gotten at "The Refuge". Hope you enjoy!


Ambush

Lego Bob rolls out of bed. He slept great last night! After a shower and some breakfast, Bob decides to let some fresh air in the room. Bob's day is about to take a turn for the worse.....

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

First Urban Exploration

A few years ago I read a book by David Morrell  called Creepers about urban explorers. That was one of the best books I have ever read, and I have been interested in urban exploration ever since. Now I have connected with a lot of other photographers on Twitter, like Charles Dastodd  and Scott Wood, and they have some excellent urban exploration images. They got me itching to give it a try, and I knew of an old school that has been shut down for a few years. So, I called around trying to get permission to enter, but everyone is on vacation. I decided to just go and see what was what. The side door was open, so I took a chance and went in. This place was a mess! But it looked like some awesome shots could be made, so I set up the tripod and started shooting. Here's a few shots that I think turned out ok.

You can see how rundown the place is in this shot.



Old Bathroom.



Fire alarm.



 

 

 

 

 

I have to admit, these are the only photos I got because I lost my nerve and left. Maybe next week I can get permission, and do a little more exploring! Thanks for looking.

 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mississippi Kites



The Mississippi Kites are back in full force! These guys are simply amazing to watch. They are like the bird equivalent of an F-22! They are amazingly fast, and super agile. I saw one at the river yesterday go completely upside down to catch a dragonfly!



This guy was just sitting in a tree, minding his own business, posing for my camera, when suddenly..........



A mockingbird attacks! Well it was fun while it lasted anyway!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Flying Squirrel



Earlier in the year, this little guy took up residence in an old woodpecker hole about 20 feet from my front door. One of the coolest visitors I have ever had! He/She only hung around for a couple of weeks, but it was sure fun to watch him zooming around the yard at night.

 

Red Headed Woodpecker



I have been fascinated by woodpeckers (Red Headed in particular) for as long as I can remember. So when I took up photography, it is no surprise that this guy was at the top of my list of birds I wanted to photograph. The problem, at least for me, has been that they are extremely shy, and fly away any time I try to approach them. Well I finally got my shot last weekend while fishing on the Red River. Such a beautiful bird leaves me in awe of what God has created for us to enjoy.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lonesome Dove

I almost deleted this one, but I like the simplicity of it.
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