Blue Dasher Dragonflies @ Davidsons Mill Pond Park

On our visit to Davidsons Mill Pond Park the dragonflies were flying far out in the small pond. And almost none were flying by the large Lake. After searching the shorelines I was able to get a few Dragonfly images to post here. For this post I am showing images of a Blue Dasher (male) dragonfly. Some of the dragonflies looked a little worse for wear already in the season with wing damage.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly showing wing damage already in the season. Panasonic 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, Olympus OM D-1
Davidsons Mill Pond, iP11 Pro, 4.3mm lens (Full Frame Equiv. 26mm)

Spangled Skimmer Dragonfly @ Davidsons Mill Pond Park

We were going for a walk at the Davidsons Mill Pond Park so I took a camera with me to look for some dragonflies to photograph. Most of the Dragonflies were far out buzzing around the small pond but I did manage to get a few images there to post. Then we went down to the larger lake and got a few more Dragonflies resting in the bushes by the larger lake. I was traveling light with an Olympus OM D 1 with a 100-300mm lens since I did not think the Dragonflies would be very active at noon. The Olympus m43 camera & lens @ 300mm has the Field of View of a Full Frame Canon camera @ 600mm. For this post I am showing images of a Spangled Skimmer Dragonfly. I usually do not see this type of dragonfly so it was fun to see & photograph!

Moving Closer to Fill the frame more – Spangled Skimmer Dragonfly, Olympus OM D 1, 100-300mm lens @ 300mm

Common Whitetail Dragonfly At Davidsons Mill Pond

We went to Davidsons Mill Pond Park to take a walk & maybe see if I could get a few Dragonfly images to post here. It was fairly quiet with most of the Dragonflies far out in small pond. Then we went down to the Larger Pond and saw quite a few Dragonflies but again not close by to photograph. But in the end I managed to get a few images to post here. The Featured Image of a Common Whitetail Dragonfly was taken with a Panasonic 100-300mm m43 lens @ 300mm. (Full Frame Camera Equivalent Field of View ~600mm).

Common Whitetail Dragonfly, Panasonic 100-300mm m43 lens @ 300mm

Panoramas From Plainsboro Preserve

We went to the Plainsboro Preserve a few days ago to get a nice walk and to see if there were some interesting views of McCormack Lake or the Wooded Areas along the trail before the leaves come out and hide the views from the White Trail. I was traveling light with just my Olympus OM-D E-Mk1 with a Panasonic 14-140mm lens to photograph some handheld multi-image panoramas (assembled in Photoshop). Most of the panoramas were taken @ 14mm. The Featured Image is a 9 image panorama @ 14mm. This Post is mainly panorama views with Lake McCormack through the trees bordering Lake McCormack.

10 Image panorama, Olympus OM-D mk I, 14mm
8 Image panorama, Olympus OM-D mk I, 14mm
3 Vertical Image pano, Olympus OM-D mk I, 14mm
4 Vertical Image pano, Olympus OM-D mk 1, 14mm
Bench at Lake McCormack, 2 Image Stacked Pano, 32mm, Olympus OM-D mk 1
White Trail View of Lake McCormack Through Trees, 14mm, 2 Image Pano, Olympus OM-D mk 1

House Wren’S New Home

We put a Bird House in a Redbud Tree in our side yard so we could enjoy seeing if any birds would take up residence there. It did not take long for a few birds to check it out. Some that came to our feeders looked, but this one pair kept coming by to check it out. And it seems they took up residence and are nest building today It is fun to watch them bringing nesting materials to the box.

House Wren On Branches by the Bird Box, 100-300mm Panasonic lens @ 300mm, OMD-1

Plainsboro Preserve White Trail Panoramas

A few more larger panoramas from our walk at the Audubon Plainsboro Preserve White Trail. The Featured Vertical Pano Image is 10 horizontal images taken with a 14-140 mm lens @ 32mm with an Olympus OM-D 1.

Plainsboro Preserve White Trail Pano, 10 Image Pano taken @ 17mm, Olympus DM D1
Plainsboro Preserve White Trail Pano, 12 Image Pano taken @ 14mm, Olympus OM D 1
Plainsboro Preserve White Trail Pano, 7 Image Pano taken @ 17mm, Olympus OM D 1

A Walk At Plainsboro Preserve

It was a nice sunny day yesterday so we ventured out to take a walk at the Audubon Plainsboro Preserve near us. It is 1,000 acres with with diverse habitats and wildlife & one of the largest lakes in the area, Lake McCormack. We concentrated walking on the White Trail straightaway because of the nest building of Canada Geese further down the path. We heard & saw the Canada Geese attacking walkers getting too close to their nesting areas. The Featured Image of Lake McCormack is a 12 image Panorama taken @ 14mm with an Olympus OMD & blended together in Photoshop.

Osprey Platform from the White Trail. 2 image stack @ 140mm, Olympus OM-D E-M1, to have more water showing in the foreground.
Tree showing Beaver Damage. 5 image stack/pano, 140mm, Olympus OM-D E-M1
View From White Trail Looking at Lake McCormack Thru the Trees. 2 image blend for more height @ 15mm, Olympus OM-D mk 1
Another Beaver Damaged Tree Along White Trail. 5 Image Pano, @ 140mm, OM-D E-M1
Trees Along White Trail with the Woods in the background. 3 image blend @ 140mm, Olympus OM-D mk 1
Lake McCormack with Lake McCormack In Background. 2 Vertical Image Pano @ 14mm
Trees Along Path With Lake McCormack In Background. 4 Image Pano Blend @14mm

Atlantic City Early AM Panorama

An early morning panorama of Atlantic City from the Wildlife Drive at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville NJ. This is a 3 image panorama shot with a 7.5mm Fisheye lens on an Olympus OMD-1. Before I could make the panorama I had to de-fish the Fisheye images in Photoshop using the Adaptive Wide Angle Feature under the “Filter” Selections along the top right selections. Once they were de-fished I loaded the 3 images into a layered Photoshop File and selected all 3 layers and used “Edit – Align Layers” for the 3 images, then once they were aligned I used “Edit Blend Layers” for the Final Panorama.

Center Section Of Panorama to Show Detail

Plainsboro Preserve Lake McCormack Panoramas

It was a nice day yesterday so we went to the Audubon Plainsboro Preserve to take a walk and get some fresh air. I was traveling light and only took my Olympus OM-D mkI with a 7.5mm Fisheye lens. There was hardly anyone there so I was shooting some landscape images along our walk. There was still a few colorful Fall trees but most of the trees were bare along the path. As we were passing a short trail that lead down to a nice view of Lake McCormack I decided to shoot a couple of multi-image panoramas of the Lake. The Featured Image is made from 12 handheld horizontal images. Then I shot 10 vertical images for a higher panorama view of Lake McCormack. I have found that when using a m43 camera you need to overlap the images more than a Full Frame Camera. When I got home I started to work on my images for the panoramas. First I had to De-Fisheye the look of all of the images before I could use them to blend in the Final Panoramas. I just made an action to run & de-fisheye each image in the series. In Photoshop going to the Filter command at the top, then choosing Adaptive Wide Angle Filter that will usually correct the Fisheye look of your images. You also have to enter the Focal length of your fisheye lens before you use the filter. But this filter is set-up for Full Frame Cameras. So I entered 15mm which is the equivalent Field of View of my 7.5 mm lens on the m43 Olympus, basically 2x with the Olympus. Then I loaded the de-fished images into a Layered Photoshop file and selected all the layers. Then on the top commands go to Layer and choose Align, then merge Layers to complete the blending of the images.

10 Vertical Images to make the horizontal Lake McCormack Panorama

Meeting House Landscape Touch-UpS

I wanted to show how to clean-up some annoying items that are in the way when photographing some landscape images. Here I went to the Meeting House in my community to show a visual before & after. I was using an OMD-1 camera with a 7.5mm Fisheye lens. I did not need to correct for the fisheye distortion because I purposely centered the Meeting House in the center area of the image which minimizes the Fisheye Bowing Effect of the 7.5mm lens. In Photoshop I selected the area with the distracting leaves with the Photoshop Lasso Tool with a feathered setting of 10 pixels, which will create a softer edge on the retouching area layer. Then I used Copy, then Paste to have the leaves on a separate layer in Photoshop. Having the leaves on a separate layer you can then use Filter > Noise> Dust & Scratches to remove the leaves. When using the Dust & Scratches you have to enter the Radius amount & Threshold amount you want. Here I used a Radius of 43 & a Threshold amount of 48. While using Dust & Scratches you will see a preview of the effect before you commit to doing it. If you need more or less just enter a higher or lower number. Even after you run the filter if you want more or less effect go to the history and go back and you can adjust your amount. If you go to much it will look a little smeary, too little you will still see some of the leaves. You can also see the effect in Preview before using it. Basically you are relying on the Preview for the amounts you need to use. Using Dust & Scratches might take a few tries, but comes in handy now & then.

Meeting House Image Before Cleanup, OMD-1, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens
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