Monthly Archives: January 2016

Taking Better Photos

Here’s a nice post from Petapixel on taking better photos.

40 Tips to Taking Better Photos

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Posted in photography

Brilliant Macaws

The past several days here in Murrells Inlet, SC, like most of the USA East Coast, has been very uncomfortable COLD! OK, I know that cold and uncomfortable are relative terms and while we are bundled up in 20-40 degree weather there are probably folks somewhere in the world that are running around in shorts. Yikes!  Anyway, most of us considered the past few days cold and uncomfortable.

In an effort to help folks feel a little warmer (at least mentally) I pulled up a couple of images from the files of some Macaws. One was a Scarlet macaw and the other a Blue-Gold macaw. I posted these on Facebook. Here are these two macaws for everyone to enjoy!

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Macaws are beautiful, brilliantly colored members of the parrot family.

Many macaws have vibrant plumage. The coloring is suited to life in Central and South American rain forests, with their green canopies and colorful fruits and flowers. The birds boast large, powerful beaks that easily crack nuts and seeds, while their dry, scaly tongues have a bone inside them that makes them an effective tool for tapping into fruits.

Macaws also have gripping toes that they use to latch onto branches and to grab, hold, and examine items. The birds sport graceful tails that are typically very long.

Macaws are intelligent, social birds that often gather in flocks of 10 to 30 individuals. Their loud calls, squawks, and screams echo through the forest canopy. Macaws vocalize to communicate within the flock, mark territory, and identify one another. Some species can even mimic human speech.

Posted in bird, outdoor, St Augustine

Marshwalk Sunset

Yesterday I decided to capture sunset. It didn’t look like the sky would cooperate, it was almost too clear. I decided to go to the Marshwalk here in Murrells Inlet and see what the view from Veterans Pier would offer. As soon as I got there I thought “this was a mistake”, but I walked on out the pier anyway. Facing the marina, with the sunset in the background, it didn’t look very promising. A group of old pillings offered a nice reflection. Then I turned around, looking towards Goat Island and saw what you see in the second image below. There was a tinge of pink in the sky and I thought I could maybe bring that out by using a Grad ND Filter. Then, just for the heck of it, I turned the filter upside down. I took the resulting image into Topaz Adjust and the third image you see is that result of that!

After shooting Goat Island I was ready to get in out of the cold, but as I readied to leave I saw that sunset was not quite the “bust” I thought. The fourth image is last nights (1/11/2016) sunset as seen over Crazy Sister Marina.


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