Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “water

Ducks In A Row

Ducks In A Row

 

I remember a warm summer’s evening connected with this image. We were at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary walking on the paths and looked back towards the west across the lagoon. An old log was sticking out into the water and was lined with ducks, a lone bird paddled his way out to the end. I liked the way that his wake melded in with the ripples on the water. The golden light  before sunset was an added bonus.

Nikon FM, Tamron 70-210mm, Kodachrome 64, Epson V600, Adobe Photoshop CC, Nik Software Color Efex Pro

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Lone Pine

Lone Pine

I was hoping for a nice reflection of the tree in the water but the wind rippled the surface of the lake. The blue of Emerald Lake shows up nicely in the ripples, whereas the yellow in the slope reflects in the the calmer portion.

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Coot Wake

Coot Wake

Rain was not a deterrent when we went out to Vermillion Lakes. This little American Coot was in a hurry going somewhere. The wake that it left behind made a pleasing pattern in the water with the rain drops spotting the surface.

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Goldeneye And Swans

Goldeneye And Swans

In a bit of a departure from my usual processing, I took this shot of waterfowl. It was a dreary day, overcast with a bit of sleet falling. The lower light kept the shutter speed down to 1/200 sec, which wasn’t able to stop the fast beating wings of the Common Goldeneyes. The image had a rough quality to begin with that reminded me of some old film images. I further enhanced that quality with Nik Software’s Analog Efex Pro. I hope you like it.

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Cataract On The Coquihalla

Cataract On The Coquihalla

Hopefully spring will actually arrive here, only three weeks after the official start of spring. I reprocessed this older file because it had kind of a spring feeling to it. I liked the freshness of the water and the young foliage in the bottom corner. A slower shutter speed allowed me to smooth the water and better show the flow lines. The image is held together by the solidity and detail in the rocks.

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Open Water

Open Water

This image was taken in 2009 on Darwin Wiggett’s Fire & Ice Photo Tour. The location is Graveyard Flats on the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper National Parks. The snow encroaching on the open water is just over knee deep and there were significantly deeper spots getting to this location. I remember it as the beautiful day that it appears to be here. One of the things I love about photography is that it preserves your memories.

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Light On The Water

Light On The Water

My friend Darwin Wiggett from oopoomoo.com is fond of saying that you don’t have to go far to get great pictures. And it is not about having the fanciest equipment. Of course, I’d love all of the latest and greatest camera bodies and lenses, but this shot was taken with my iPhone, while out on a walk with our dog. I detoured next to the shore of a local pond. I saw the sparkling light on the water’s surface and knew there was a shot there. My phone was the only camera that I had with me. I did some minor adjustments in post processing but the basic image was captured in camera. The highlights were too bright for the sensor but I thought it still worked.

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Kayak In The Mist

Kayak In The Mist

A kayaker in the mist of an early morning on Shuswap Lake, from 2010.

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Wading Bird

Wading Bird

In this image, I thought that the structure of the components were quite simplistic and would lend themselves to a monochrome treatment. I did brighten the body of the Lesser Yellowlegs as it was in deep shadow. I used Photoshop CC and Nik Software Viveza 2 to selectively brighten and the black and white conversion was done in Silver Efex Pro 2. I finished the frame with an Ambrotype toning in honour of the yellowlegs.

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Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

When shooting water birds, I often like to include a reflection in the image. I think that it helps to establish the creature’s habitat.

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Alone In A Crowd

Alone In A Crowd

With the dwindling light at Slack Slough near Red Deer, Alberta, my 80-400mm @f/5.6 was down to 1/20th of a second. The fast moving Lesser Yellowlegs were hard to photograph but one held still long enough for me to capture this image. When I looked at this frame on my computer monitor, I was struck by the contrast between the blurred birds and the still one.

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Pond Reflection

Pond Reflection

Like my friends Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou are fond of saying, you don’t have to go far from home for great pictures. This image was taken about three blocks from my house at a pond in Tiny Lafleur Park. We were out for a walk with the dog and I was trying to get a shot of the nearby geese or even the shore of the pond. I noticed the reflection of the clouds in the water. I used Abobe Photoshop CC and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Slack Slough Sunset

Slack Slough Sunset

We were probably at least fifteen minutes late getting out to the slough. We were at Westerner Park in Red Deer for the Alberta Big Rig Weekend earlier and I wanted to see if the American Avocets were around. I should have checked The Photographer’s Ephemeris to see what time the sun set. I grabbed a couple landscape shot and on with the telephoto lens to find the birds.

After a long photo drought, I’ve gone out on shoots two weekends in a row. Now I’ve got a backup in the post processing department. So, some of these posts are out of the order in which they were shot. Once the memory cards were downloaded I started in on what was in front of me.

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Morning Geese

Morning Geese

I stopped for the sunrise and after I had been there shooting for a while, the geese noticed me and started honking. I wanted to include the geese in a noticeable way and finally came upon not including much of the sky. I concentrated on the reflection of the clouds in the water. The lower angle had another benefit, I didn’t have to show the power lines that were abundant in the area.

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Sunrise Clouds

Sunrise Clouds

Unlike Monday’s post, I took a small section of the scene in front of me and found the most intense color and captured the frame. A lot depends on where you are in your creative process, on how you take in a landscape and what you wish to portray. Framing is usually the first thing you think of when you look in to the view finder.

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The Big Picture

Sunrise Lagoon Pano

Sometimes you just can’t get the whole scene in front of you into just one image. So what can you do? I shifted my camera to the vertical or portrait position and shot 7 overlapping images from one side of the slough to the other. I then brought the images into Adobe Photoshop CC and merged to panorama. A little tweaking in Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4.

I came across this scene on my way home one morning on the side of the road.

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Rundle Reflection

Rundle Reflection

Instead of going for the usual grand landscape with the mountain and the sky, I concentrated on the reflection in Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park. I liked the way that the cloud hung in the sky and was mirrored in the still water. The bit of color from the sunrise accents the triangles formed by the upside down peaks.

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Reeds On The Lake

Sproingy Curves

The reeds in Vermillion Lakes are quite interesting the repeating curves attracted my eye. Find what to shoot and how to do that was another question.

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It’s In The Details

Warm Spring Detail

Near Vermillion Lakes #3 there are warm springs that feeds into the lake that keeps that water open nearly year round. I found one that started on the other side of the road. The algae was thriving in the warm water and the steam coming off of the surface in the cold weather, caused droplets of ice to form on the stems of the grasses above the water line. It has to be far enough above the warm water so the ice doesn’t melt, and higher, the mist doesn’t coagulate and form on the grass stems. It is an interesting process that would be easy to miss. This little puddle wasn’t very photogenic as a whole, but by moving in close and seeing the details, I was able to find an interesting image.

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Near Bow Falls

West End Of Rundle

This is one of my favorite images from my morning in Banff National Park with Dave Brosha and Stephen DesRoches.

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Sun In The Water

Sun In The Water

I’m running behind this week and won’t be doing a lot of writing.

The water in Crandell Lake was so clear, if it wasn’t for the reflection of the sun in the water, you might not be able to tell there is water there, at first glance.

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Light On The Water

Golden Water

Watching the light on water is one of my favorite pastimes.

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Smoke Get In Your Eyes

And In Your Pictures

Crandell Shoreline

The view across Crandell Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park was a little smoky.

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Move In Closer

Rocky Creek

While the rushing water taken with a slow shutter speed is interesting, I don’t find it very inspiring.

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