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V-day at Lake Los Carneros
updated: Feb 15, 2013, 3:03 PM

By Aquaholic

I ran into my photographer friend Denise Dewire and her husband at Lake Los Carneros yesterday. We took a lap around the lake looking for birds to shoot (with our cameras!) We didn't see very many birds, but did end up finding lots of things to shoot, a few birds, flowers, an adorable boy, two adorable ‘therapy' dogs, and the beautiful hawk…not sure what type it is. On our way out to our cars, we ran into woman that said "the swan has just been released" back into the lake. They removed one of the pair for rehab a few weeks ago. The mate waited patiently at the lake and yesterday, on Valentines day, the swans mate was no where to be found. :-( I really hope they reunite soon, and make it a true Valentine's Day love story.

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 COMMENT 374815 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 03:17 PM

What a beautiful day! Thanks


 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 03:39 PM

Absolutely beautiful photos from a beautiful day! Thanks!


 COMMENT 374858 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 04:27 PM

Nice shots. Looks like a juvie female Cooper's Hawk.


 COMMENT 374984 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-16 08:21 AM

Your photographs are always so lovely, you have a remarkable talent.


 COMMENT 374985 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-16 08:22 AM

Lovely pictures--the backlit hawk in flight is wonderful as are the flowers in the shots below.


 COMMENT 375009 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-16 09:28 AM

Your images always help me remember the differences between a real photographer and someone who simply takes pictures. When images approach art, there is usually a photographer involved.


 COMMENT 376587 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 11:20 AM

I like that you're venturing into portraits too. And doing them in natural light has its challenges especially out in the open when fighting harsh lighting conditions. Good on you for finding shade for the boy and trying to control your light.

However letting the background get brighter than the subject pulls it forward while forcing him back.... it basically makes the image appear rather flat.

Dean Collins (wrote the book on sculpting with light) stressed 3 things that affect dimensionality: density, contrast and saturation. Brighter, more contrasty and colourful items appear closer than those that are dimmer, more faded and less detailed.


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