People often ask me if I soup up my photographs. Honestly at times I do play around with them, make them more graphic, all sorts of things. Truth be told there is no such thing as an "original" digital photograph when you are shooting RAW files as I do because certain things get sharpened and altered innately in the processor before I even get my hands on them.
But there are times when nature supplies it all and you don't have to do anything as in the shot of the Anna's hummingbird I took at Lena's yesterday. No vibrance, no saturation added and it looks chromatically impossible. Nature provides all the required pyrotechnic effects necessary.
I played hookey today and went back to the San Jacinto Wildlife Area with Beth and PJ, two experienced birders.
|Black necked stilt|
|Greater yellow legs|
Birding with these two started at Davis road. Many of the identifications were made by sound and behavior. They were calling things into ebird and being professional, at a much slower pace than I am used to. What a help to learn from these two!
You live among the hawks for thirty six years and you develop a love for them and most all of the wonders of nature.
I still find their beauty indescribably gorgeous and riveting.
And my photography pursuit leads me to wondrous places of unspoiled solitude. Today snow capped San Gorgonio and San Jacinto provided my artistic backdrop.
We saw red tailed and red shouldered hawks, kestrels and marsh hawks, the graceful and low flying harriers now maybe my favorite of them all.
We took a long walk and espied two golden eagles on a distant tree. I got as close as I could and snapped a few pictures.
Not in ideal range but you get the idea.
Even saw a roadrunner. My new bird guide tells me that it is actually in the cuckoo family.
Guess I'm getting a little cuckoo too!
Thanks girls. It was a very nice day.
Hope that you all enjoy the pictures of my many feathered friends.