Tue 01-Apr-14 03:54 AM | edited Mon 14-Apr-14 10:12 PM by dm1dave
This month’s challenge is "Happy Accidents”
Sometimes a photo really turns out differently than intended, but it may still be effective. Sometimes a setting is off -- the exposure compensation may not be correct, or the shutter speed may be too slow, or the depth of field may create a surprising result. Sometimes the lighting creates an unexpected effect. Sometimes something shows up in the image that you didn't notice when the shot was taken but really adds to it.
For example, the exposure compensation was set for darker shadows on a cloudy day when three wild turkeys came walking over a snow drift as the sun came out. With the other image the shutter speed was set for low light conditions when a pheasant launched. The resulting images are not what was intended, but they are interesting in their own way.
Entries should include a brief explanation of what happened and how the image surprised the photographer.
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Camera: D200 Lens and Filters: 200mm f/4 AFD EDIF Micro Nikkor Film and/or ISO: 200 Aperture: f/4 Shutter speed: 1/100s Hand Held
When I kept a feeder for the birds, it also attracted squirrels and other creatures I had not intended like rats. At least the squirrels were photogenic and I used my 200 mm Micro Nikkor to shoot them through my thermo pane door. When I shot this image I did not realize that I had caught the seeds this squirrel in mid air. It looked like he was juggling the seeds, thus the name.
Camera: D200 Lens and Filters: 200mm f/4 AFD EDIF Micro Nikkor Film and/or ISO: 1600 Aperture: f/4.2 Shutter speed: 1/60
Well it wasn't Monday, it was really Saturday, but Monday makes a catchier title. It was late in the afternoon (4:29 PM) and raining hard. I thought it might be fun to try and catch some rain drops smashing into my deck, so I grabbed my 200 mm EDIF f/4 Micro Nikkor and tried to get some handheld shots through the thermo pane sliding door, but the light was falling fast and I kept upping my ISO until I reached 1600, but still could not get fast enough shutter speeds to do what I wanted. At this time a few birds flew down to eat the bird seed I always put out, and I captured this one at f/4.2 1/60 sec. The surprise was that I managed to get the splash of a raindrop on the right side which I think made the image. Processed in Capture NX and Photoshop CS3 Extended. Additional tweaks just made in CS6 extended to the TIFF.
This photo, of a sea hare, was taken in shallow water off Aughrus pier in Connemara. Conditions were far from ideal, with a swell and lots of bits in the water. Initially I thought the back scatter in the water, highlighted by my strobes would spoil the photos. However, I think in this shot, it looks like a starlit sky in the background!
Early mountain bluebirds are always a favourite here in the mountains. They signify the end of winter and the start of a season of colour. Rarely will these birds "sit" for you this early in the year, so when I had the chance to quikly grab some shots I took it. While reviewing after download I was surprised and pleased to see this image. Although she has her back to me, she is watching her mate do an arial display for her enjoyment. I had no idea I had captured the male as well.
D7100 Sigma 120-300 F2.8 sport with 2.0 TC 600mm, ISO 400, SS-1/1250, F8 Click on image for larger viewing. Turbo
I live in San Jose CA which is the 10Th largest city in the US. Yet we are very close to wildlife, as you can see coyotes in the hills within 10 miles and an occasional cougar has shown up in residential neighborhoods within 5 miles of me. There is also a nice reservoir/park/preserve called Vasona Lake that is less than 4 miles from me that has many ducks, geese, egrets and herons. But it seems because of my location and the fact that I have a pool, that I can expect at least once a year or more that some bird wildlife in the area will stop in for a visit. On this day I was visited by wild Mallards as I was eating my breakfast. So I grabbed my D700 and 300 mm lens and took these shoots through a thermo pane door. Just as I rolled the shutter, this mallard looked like he was walking on water. f/4, 1/1000 of a second and ISO 400.
This Great Blue Heron startled me twice, once when he dropped out of the sky right in front of me and then when he spotted something in the grass and darted for it so quickly that it startled me and 1/400 s wasn't fast enough to catch the lunge. I reacted on instinct and caught this unusual image. D700 with 300 mm f/4 EDIF AFS lens with Nikon 2.0 IIE teleconverter hand held. f/10, 1/400, ISO 280
I shot this image at a rest stop on I5 in California as I was taking some pictures of interesting cloud formations and looked down to see a lot of insect activity among the weeds I was standing in. I quickly changed my focus and shot this before they flew away. Shot hand held and manual focused with a D200 and 200 mm f/4 AFD Micro Nikkor. f/7.1, 1/640, EV-0.33, ISO 200.
I was shooting a group of newborn Canada Geese playing on a canal bank when one of the parents popped up between them and me. They are good parents and will defend their babies aggressively. D300, 500mm P,TC16A, ISO 400, f5.6, 1/400s, tripod, pp in LR, barely cropped for composition
Thu 17-Apr-14 05:44 AM | edited Thu 17-Apr-14 05:50 AM by yugal_kishore
My workplace is really green and fortunately photography is allowed.
I was there on of the weekends to do some macro shooting of insects and flowers. I had mounted my 105mm Nikkor and was readying my self to have a shot at a insect on a flower. Suddenly this bird dropped in front of me through the bushes. I could notice that it could not fly with the twigs entangled in its wings. Since I had never shot a bird earlier with a macro lens I took a couple of quick shots and then gently removed the twigs and released her. She flew for her life !!!. Afterwards, I noticed that those twigs were all over my t-shirt as well.
I like the resilience that this bird shows in this portrait and details I was able to get with the macro lens.
I was watching two nice Whitetail Bucks feeding into a field when they sensed that something wasn't right. Not sure if they winded me, or maybe heard the shutter. The smaller of the two stopped right behind the bigger one and they both looked up right at me, with the big guy turned towards me. The result was this funny shot of what appears to be a buck with two racks. It's not the sharpest photo in the world, but I rather enjoy it! Minor tweaks to exposure, a curves contrast adjustment, sharpening and noise filter. Thanks for looking!
D7000, Nikon 200-400 F4 with TCE 1.7, 650mm, 1/25th at F7.1, ISO 1600
Fri 18-Apr-14 12:34 AM | edited Fri 18-Apr-14 12:44 AM by Morris in MT
I was blessed to go on a fishing trip to Canada last June with a few friends. Early one morning out on the lake it was a dead calm. I was lazy-man fishing, dragging a dead minnow off the side of the boat, and I noticed a Loon surface about 50 yards away, watched us for a few seconds then dove again. A few seconds later it came up about 40 yards away, watched us for a few seconds again, then dove back under. When she did it again and surfaced about 20 yards away, my highly tuned photographer brain said "Take a picture, eh!". Which interrupted my intense photographer concentration. I had never heard my photographer mind speak Canadian before! I had been in Canada for 4 days, and I had gone native. But anyway, I realized the poor thing wanted me to take its picture. I grabbed my camera bag aboot the time it surface again within 10 meters of the boat (that's aboot ten yards for you southern folk). As soon as I turned the camera on, I took a few quick photos without looking at any settings, worried that it was aboot to dive again. And I was right. I stopped to look at and adjust my settings, and it dove again, this time not coming up until it was quite a ways from us. I reviewed the few shots I got on the camera, and saw they were way over-exposed. I normally would've erased them, but I could see that the black of the Loon was showing up really well, even on the camera, so I kept it. Played with it some in CS5, over-exposing it even more, and punching up the contrast. My daughter and wife told me the red eye was too creepy, so I toned-down the color in it a tad. Thanks for looking, eh!
This "accidental" image came to be when I was photographing the doe and a previously unseen buck stepped out of the shadows into the frame then bolted! His background presence made this a keeper picture. D800 in crop mode, 300/4 lens @ f5.6, 1/1600SS, -1.3EV, ISO 800, monopod
Assuming pets count as wildlife (or maybe this belongs in the macro "the eyes have it" contest??) I'm pretty new to DSLR and had just got a 50mm lens. I was experimenting with the aperture setting and how close I needed to be for it to focus and accidentally pressed the shutter all the way instead of half. I ended up really liking how it turned out so I'm glad I did.
A black swan appears to be going after a dragon fly, but I think the fly's appearance is just one of those happy accidents. D90, Tamron 70-300@125mm, 1/3200 sec, f5.6, ISO 200. Hand held, processed and cropped a bit in LR5.
Fri 25-Apr-14 01:15 AM | edited Fri 25-Apr-14 01:16 AM by Lunastar
I was set up for wood ducks on a flooded river bottom when this little whitetail doe waded unexpectedly into view and paused to stare at my blind. As luck would have it her pose produced a great reflection image! Pure luck! Now, I'm scheming to get more deer in the water images! Perhaps, a remote camera set up at water level. D800, Nikkor 200-400/4@ f5.6, 1/640SS, ISO 1000, -2/3EV atop monopod from ground blind.
Hai all, it is from my last trip to Corbet. This Scarlet Minivet was sitting at top in shade, I had got only one shot of it perching, suddenly it flew against the bright sky the wings and the tail showed up which I had never seen in flight which is the happy accident for me. Well cropped.
Riding on Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Park during peak fall colors, I recall saying to the my sister, the driver, "there is a deer". She was stopping, I was trying to get the rear window down and pull up my camera, then I think she started again due to a car behind us. Somewhere along there, I pushed the shutter button and this was the result. Not sure exactly what happened, but I hung onto this for interest of colors and patterns.
Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70 at 70mm, 0.6 sec at f/8, iso 100
I was recently at Fort DeSoto photographing this prothonotary warbler. Light levels were dropping and I was working the bird perched on a flower stem. Suddenly, the stem started to bend and the bird moved to takeoff. I managed an additional frame capturing the blurred wings of takeoff with the sharp eye of the warbler.
The settings contributed to the image since it tracked focus but allowed blurring of the wings. I was using the D800E, 600 f/4 lens, and the Nikon 1.4 teleconverter. Image settings were: 1/500 sec f/7.1 ISO 800 Dynamic 9 point AF with AF-On activation
Shooting warblers in flight is very difficult at best. If you were going to even attempt it, you would use a faster shutter speed. But this one worked and created a nice blur of the wings.
A late November sunset at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Preserve in Delaware --- I was trying to get some ducks on takeoff and wasn't sure what I actually captured and so was delighted to open this file and find the beautiful silhouette
I was driving slowly along a back road near the Greenbriar Swamp in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge when I saw movement in the underbrush and suddenly this big black snake popped up --- fortunately I was in my car and the snake was across a ditch but we sure stared at each other for a few minutes before I snapped the pic!
I was meandering along the tidal pools at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Preserve at dusk on my way out of the park when I saw a great deal of water roiling near an outlet from the tidal runs over to the pools. I stopped and took a closer look and saw hundreds of carp crushed into a very small space trying to get through the drain. I watched them struggle and the only thought I had was "First circle of Hell." Not a pretty picture, but the fish gasping for air seems evocative of true desperation.
Nikon D610 Sigma 50-500mm at 500mm ISO 800 1/40 sec. f/6.3
Focused on a osprey hunting, I noticed another object going through the view finder and pulled the trigger. Was pleased to discover another osprey had flown by and managed to get them together. D1X w 600/4 Rick
There were a lot of Ebony Jewelwing and Superb Jewelwing damselflies in this area and I had shot a few of each when I noticed these two female Ebonies lined up almost perfectly. I got one shot before one of them flew away.
D300, 300f/4 with tube, 1/40s, f/8, ISO 320, tripod
I was all set up for an ordinary landscape shot, clouds reflecting in the water with an old stump for foreground interest when this flotilla came along. Paused for a second and I had a wildlife shot instead.
Nikon D200 & 18-200mm VR lens 1/320s at f9 ISO 200
I often shoot (no pun intended) these canon which are fired daily at noon. I will be tensed up and poised waiting for the fire signal and sometimes miss the crucial moment because the bang is so loud, on this occasion I did not see this kamikaze pair trying to spoil my picture.
Very high up over Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, a juvenile bald eagle gets flying instructions from an insistent parent --- I didn't realize the obvious chatter between them until pix downloaded and cropped
Nikon D610 Sigma 50-500 at 500mm ISO 400 1/1250 sec. f/7.10