Sunrise To Sunset at BWR

A series of Sunrise and Sunsets from along the Wildlife Drive at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge outside of Cambridge Maryland. The Featured image is along the start of the Wildlife Drive at sunrise.

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Sunrise at Blackwater, @14mm-  m43 Panasonic (28mm – 35mm equivalent)

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Sun getting lower along the Blackwater River, @ 24mm, 24-105mm Canon f/4

 

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Sun starting to set near the end of the Wildlife Drive, @ 40mm, f/16, 24-105mm Canon f/4

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Wider view of setting sun near the end of the Wildlife Drive, 24mm @ f/16, 24-105 Canon f/4 lens

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Even wider view at almost sunset near the end of the Wildlife Drive, 24mm @ f/16, Can0n 24-105 f/4 lens

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Glow after the sun has set, 50mm @ f/11, 1/200sec.,  Canon 24-105 f/4 lens

Blackwater Landscapes Along The Wildlife Drive

Usually we go to Blackwater NWR (Maryland) for photographing Eagles, Ospreys and other Birds & Wildlife. Or if we stay til dark, they have very colorful sunsets, being close to the coast. But lately I have been photographing more of the landscapes along the Wildlife Drive. Also gives some practice trying HDR techniques or Panoramas. The eagle population is still growing as many Eagles are returning to the Refuge for the Winter.  Next I have to try views along the trails. Usually when I am on the trails I have long lenses with me to capture birds in the trees. At this time of year the Ospreys have left and the Eagles are gaining numbers as many come down from Canada.

The featured image was a 5 shot panorama, over lapping images, shot at 24mm. The next image is a 6 image HDR bracketed panorama image assembled in Photoshop. 3 bracketed exposures for each of the 2 sections, combined in Photoshop. Still trying to get use to CC 2017 Photoshop, from my usual CS6 workflow.

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Grasses

Some different Fall Landscapes instead of the usual Fall leaves. I liked the dried grasses against the Fall Colors.

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More Views of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

I am still going through my images from our day at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Lots of files to adjust and work on, so I am a little behind. Here are a few more.

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Landscapes From Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

We went to the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware to see what we could find. Wildlife was usually far in the distance, but the landscapes were great. We still had some Fall color, but the clouds really added to the images. It was a fun day with lots of opportunities for great images.

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Longwood Gardens Meadow Garden

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, has been known for wonderful formal gardens and water displays. This Spring they added a Meadow Garden consisting of 86 acres with 3.5 miles of walking & hiking trails through fields, wetlands and diverse habitats for flora and fauna. We finally got a chance to go and photograph this wonderful area. It is so large an area we only covered a small portion of the Meadows. It is wonderful for landscapes, macro, wildflowers and plants, insects and occasional wildlife. I was watching very large dragonflies whizz by, but did not get a chance to see any closeup, they were just cruising by. If we had stayed later we could probably have found them. There are many educational and information postings throughout the area, plus signs on bridges explaining what you are seeing. If you go through be sure to carry some water as it is quite a trek.

Opening Photo is a 3 frame panorama, Panasonic GH2, m43 body, 14-140mm Lens @ 14mm. Assembled in Photoshop CS6.

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Ding Darling NWR Sunset

A series of sunsets at J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in December 2013. Here in New Jersey we have had a LOT of snow, so it nice to reflect back on the warm weather of our trip to Florida.

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Early Sunset @ 6:09
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS Lens @ 90mm, f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 400

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Sunset @ 6:26
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS Lens @ 32mm, f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 400

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Sunset @ 6:26
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS Lens @ 47mm, f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 400

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Sundown @ 6:40
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS Lens @ 50mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, -0.67 exposure compensation, ISO 400

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Clouds at Sundown@ 6:41
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS Lens @ 24mm, f/8, 1/320 sec, -0.67 exposure compensation, ISO 400

Sunset Sanibel Beach

Here is a colorful sunset from our trip to Sanibel, Florida. We spent 5 days on the island between J.N. Ding Darling NWR and the beaches. Even though I like the Colorful Sunset, I think I like the B&W versions more. The image was converted in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

Color Image: Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 24-105 L f/4 lens @ 93mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec, ISO 400, -0.33 Exposure Compensation to saturate the colors slightly.

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B&W Conversion in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2
Full Dynamic Smooth with minor tweaks

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Above settings with Coffee Tint Added

Misty Morning at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

This is from a trip to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge outside of Cambridge, Maryland a few years ago. The morning was very misty with a heavy fog starting to lift along the Wildlife Drive. The sun was staring to shine through the loblolly pines and was glowing through the fog. The header photo is one capture. The following photo is a 2 shot vertical stack put together in photoshop. Canon EOS 1D MkIII with 400mm f/4 DO lens, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 640, effective focal length 520mm.

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Sunrise and Moonset at Blackwater NWR

Here are a few early morning images from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge Maryland. This series, taken between 5:30 and 6:00 am, was one day after a full moon in May. I liked seeing the detail in the moon, with the moon in a warm yellow color, lowering over the trees & water.  Opposite was the sunrise, coming over the trees and water. I was shooting handheld between 1/125 and 1/40 of a second @ ISO 800 with a Canon 1D MkIV and a Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 24mm & 105mm. I did not shoot bracketed exposures to later merge with an HDR program because I was handholding the camera. Instead I used one image and used Nik’s HDR Effects Pro 2 on a single exposure to mimic an HDR Image. Then used Nik’s Define to remove some noise.

 

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