Oh Darn This Humidity !! That’s how I have been feeling about the humidity we have been having and still have now for a few weeks . It drains you , it makes you feel yucky and sweaty and can make breathing uncomfortable . Miggs and I just barley make it around the block on our walks it gets so hot and humid early practically as soon as the sun is up we are sweltering . But I said the heck with it and got out side yesterday afternoon instead of staying in and went hunting for Septembers changes with camera in hand . It wasn't to bad provided the breezes kept blowing and the sun hid behind the clouds every now and then so off I went , Miggs stayed in the shade of the porch most of the time lol !
I hear one very loud grasshopper amongst all the sounds of the other grasshoppers , crickets and Cicadas and went hunting for him as he was close . Oh there you are I said . He sat still as if to pose for me so I took a few photos . Thank you Mr Grasshopper .
The leaves are starting to fall and change colour now and the change of colours are becoming more and more noticeable on the trees to .
Some flowers and plants are at the end for the season whilst like this coneflower bush is in between , a shame to see them go but the birds will love pecking at this soon .
Then you get those who just don't want the summer to end and keep on keeping on !
As I went searching I found what I call a generation of fungi as there is the new the old and the gone of each fungi that has grown here in this old stump !
The sumac trees are also going through a change . This one is on our little hill down near the road !
I find them lovely and interesting trees almost tropical like they are !
The wild flowers are in the same predicament as some fade to brown all though still pretty whilst others still flourish .
I just love the wild asters and all the butterfly's , bees and moths that feed from them and how they grow amongst the bright yellow gold of the golden rod !!
Such perfect little flowers on each stem of all the wild flowers !
It is funny cause every time I want to take close ups of butterfly’s or flowers I have to time it all with the breezes lol maybe mother nature is helping out with my photography I know for one thing nature photography takes patients and when it comes to nature and being out there in it I have tons of patients as I love to watch, study and learn of it right from the source it’s self .
I photograph in raw which is like a negative and it is easier to do what ever one wants to do to the photo or not . When I am done I then transfer my done photos to my computers photo library as it is easier to take from for posts they are automatically converted to JPEG I still have the originals in Lightroom at all times which are called NEFS
NEF (Nikon Electronic Format)
NEF is the Nikon's RAW data from the camera. RAW files are like electronic negatives that need to be processed in computer software to have white balance, sharpness, etc. (things usually assigned by the in-camera firmware to a JPG or TIF.) a bit of info here for those that may still be learning as I am as well .
. I also like using Pic Monkey for some framing and water marking . I have many external hard drives for my photos that I back them up to just in case . I like messing about with some photos like this one above were I took a lot of it’s contrast, saturation and bumped up the vibrance a bit to give it a different look !
Same with this one I just took its saturation and vibrance down and bumped up the shadow .
As for this one I completely re adjusted it gave it a black and white base added some softening to the edges took the temperature of the photo down as did the clarity and lowered the shadow affect and this is what I got . I love the program Lightroom , not only does it do a lot it also catalogues all my photos as I load them from my camera straight into it , it also keeps a record of every thing I have done and takes all the info from the camera , date, time , what all the settings that were used to take each photo like Fstop, ISO and so on and recognizes the camera that was used .
Finally are seeing more of these guys now that they are frantically feasting and fuelling up before their long journey .
The changes of September can happen fast as the leaves change and fall , the butterfly’s , bees and other bugs fade into the sky's to their new destinations as do the birds who leave for warmer climates as other birds return and grasses die off as do the wild flowers and gardens , so I love to get out there and take as many photos as I can as I enjoy the beauty , sights and the sounds of this ever changing land !
This photo is of one of our hummers at the feeder who are also all feasting and fuelling up like mad as they prepare for their big journey home . This photo is what I call the not so perfect , perfect photo lol ! It is blurry in spots and dark which is what I wanted as I was going for the lighting of what I saw through my lens and not so much of the subject it’s self as he hid from me lol ! A little adjustment to bring the light out more as it is bouncing off of him in spots and the feeder , seems to of worked out pretty good if I may toot my own horn here lol ! Bringing out the detailing of light they call it lol ! There are so many different styles of photography .
And last but not least Miggs who patiently waits and watches for me to be done .
Ok Miggs I am done till another day . Lets go in where it is cool !
Until next time .