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the photographic journey of a Redding man





March 31st, 2013 by ronlute

Tasty, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Here’s one of those pictures that I just didn’t get right and am not doing this guy justice but the Sumatran Orangutan is such a cool animal I still had to include this. I think anyone who remembers Clint’s movie “Any Which Way You Can” has a little affection for these guys. This was done with adjustments in LR 4.

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Real Red Swimmer

March 31st, 2013 by ronlute

Real Red Swimmer, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

One fun thing about the series I’ve been working on recently is learning a bit about some of these animals. Take this guy, the Red River Hog from Africa. I would have never guessed by looking but even though he can’t hold his breath for a long time he is an excellent swimmer. Of course that really makes sense having the big cats as the predator you must watch for.
With the way he walked around the ground looking for food it was difficult to get a good shot of his eyes but he some great hair and whiskers around his face and body. This post processing was just done in Lightroom 4.

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Hanging at the Pond

March 29th, 2013 by ronlute

Hanging at the Pond, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Another one of the fun Flamingo photos. At f4 the grasses at the pond edge are nicely out of focus. Of course if I had the f2.8 lens that they would be really cool but we don’t need to go there. The f4 works for me. Tonight I did a few adjustments with Perfect Effects but tried to not overdo it. I tried to do some local adjustments also with Lightroom to help the center bird to really stand out. It feels mostly how I envisioned.

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Beep Beep

March 28th, 2013 by ronlute

Beep Beep, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Beep! Beep! Ah, the Road Runner. Such a fast bird. And skiddish too. I was trying to get the picture of this guy and he would not stay still. So much so that I got some piece of cage and plant overlaying him. So I was a bit conflicted on whether to totally crop out the green piece or do a hard vignette. Well, I ended up doing mostly the hard vignette so I could still get the one foot in the frame. Definitely a cool but jumpy bird. Beep! Beep!

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Four Legged Flapper

March 27th, 2013 by ronlute

Four Legged Flapper, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Yes, a four-legged version. I love the way the Flamingos bury their heads at times and when two are together like this it really can look like a multi-legged version. As much as I love the color of these fascinating birds I’ve also been waiting to do one in B&W. I really am loving the new version of Perfect B&W.

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March 26th, 2013 by ronlute

Below, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

I hated to do it but I needed a break from the animals so I decided on a B&W tonight. This is the structure below Shasta Dam. I have a photo of it last year from a different POV. I wanted to use the Perfect Black & White and after starting with this preset I really didn’t want to change anything more. It seemed to have a nice full tonal range. If anything maybe a little more black but I just liked overall where it’s at.

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American White Pelican

March 26th, 2013 by ronlute

American White Pelican, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

This is not best photo that I got of this bird as far getting a good look at his eyes but I just loved the tuft of feathers on the back of his head at this angle. Looks like a flat-top almost. I did read about this one and know it’s a he from the growth on the top of his bill. I used Perfect Focus again to try to get that “look here” effect of sharp focus.

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March 25th, 2013 by ronlute

Preening, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Here we go again with another fun image from the Flamingo pond. They are just too photogenic when you look at all the animals and birds at the zoo. Probably the only thing that would have got them going any better would be to be feeding them. I was using my 70-200mm f4L for all the shots. It is so darn sharp and grabs focus so nicely but of course it doesn’t quite get the great bokeh that the f2.8 gets.On this image I used Perfect Focus. I can tell I’ll be using this piece of the suite many more times in the future. There are so many different controls and options that it will take a while to fully test drive.

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March 24th, 2013 by ronlute

Thirsty, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

This Jaguar was a nice catch for me getting a drink. As I’ve said it was late in the day and the day was the warmest in a while.
I’ve been mostly just using LR on my Zoo photos but as I’ve been reading the onOne book I’ll start using that software again in a more refined way. I was going a bit overboard a while back but now that I am starting to really learn what it will do I’ll be able to use it to help in my vision. I did use Perfect Effects on this one a bit. I think it works.

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Southern Crested Screamer

March 23rd, 2013 by ronlute

Southern Crested Screamer, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

I thought I remembered that this bird was called some kind of screamer and then I thought I should have taken a picture of the sign at the Zoo. But then, of course, I thought the Zoo probably has an inventory of their animals on their web site. Sure enough. So it is called a Screamer. From South America giving the southern part of it’s name. Apparently the call can be heard two miles away, hence the Screamer. It does kind of look like a bird that just wants to scream.

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