Birdlife at Pakowhai Park

Fantail

Good evening from a cool Saturday night in Hastings.

After a cold start the weather turned out rather warm and so to get a bit of photo therapy I headed out to find some autumn colours which I will show tomorrow.

I also found some bird life while I was out.  There were lots of fantails flying around enjoying the warm sunshine.  The only thing was that there were dogs running around so that just as I was focusing on the fantails a dog would start barking and the bird would fly off.  This was the best shot.

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Then there were the usual sparrows.

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stilt 1I found these stilts walking not far from the motorway. I really struggled with the zoom with these, trying to get the right depth of field.  These were the best of my photos and I had to heavily crop them as well.

Feather

Finally a feather to finish of this post.

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Sonel’s Corner Photo Editing Challenge. : Feathers

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Good evening from a cooler Hastings.

This weeks challenge by Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge is feathers.  I knew this was coming up but didn’t really have any feather photos as such.  Only loads of photos of ducks and birds.  But I wanted something different.  The other day I opened up the egg carton to get some eggs out for dinner and guess what I found.  That’s right. A beautiful feather.  So dinner was delayed just so that I could take some photos.  I don’t normally do still life but it was fun to see how many different ways I could take photos of a single hens feather.

So here they are:

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They have all been edited with GIMP for a cartoon affect just to bring out the details and textures a bit more before I headed to FX Photostudio Pro for the final editing and then Photoshop to add the copyright.  I just tried out different affects for the different looks.

I just loved seeing the other posts for this challenge.  There is definitely a Hitchcock feel to some of them which is fun.  So here are some of the other posts for this challenge:

http://sonelscornerphotochallenge.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/photo-editing-challenge-feathers/

(Not) Alfred Hitchcock’s…..The Seagulls

Feathered Babies

http://deelusionsphotography.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/sonels-photo-editing-challenge-feathers/

http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/sonels-corner-photo-editing-challenge-feathers/

http://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/feathers-sonels-photo-edit-2/

Sonel’s Photo-Editing Challenge: Feathers

http://firebonnet.com/2014/01/28/photo-editing-my-feathered-friends/

http://emiliopasquale.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/photo-editing-challenge-feathers/

Thanks for visiting.

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