Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sun Play

With partial and full overcast days I started playing with sunlight direction. The colors stood out on this turkey's feathers, but 10 more feet away none showed. Aligning with varied horizon levels you can make it look close to a sunset just by adjusting your angle. With the cold we had there was also added refraction with the ice crystals in the clouds. I go out almost every day, normally shooting 400-600 photos a month. During December I went a bit heavy shooting over 1200.  I am past the 400 mark today.Ideas always change and new thoughts drift across the prairie, sharing times of happiness with all of you around the world. I always enjoy hearing from you and look forward to the next time we meet and chat for a bit.
A frozen river
With the sun behind the clouds you sometimes never know how it will come out once digitalized. I liked the cloud rainbow that barely shows pink in the bottom the clouds mass. The ice was bending the light just to add a touch of color to the clouds. With the quick exposure you see the lower spectrum of colors. To the eye it had more colors like a rainbow.


Here I angled and caught a color effect, but zooming out in the next  photo lose almost all.

The round seed heads of Rattlesnake Master share the prairie beauty with Blue Stem grasses and Tickseed. When I admire dried flowers I often think of going out with my mother to gather her fall and winter arrangements. One year I gathered Cat Tails and sprayed them with some hair spray like someone told me so they didn't burst open to release their seed. Both mine and my mother's blew up the same day. I think you were suppose to use White Rain Hairspray, but also pick them a little less ripe. I think I even went and cleaned them up for her. It might have been the tone in her voice, she felt I maybe had played a joke on her. Every year I would ask if she needed any more.




And the sky parted.....




Here the sun lowers behind a fairly large cloud bank, starting sunset lighting about an hour early. I hear the call of a pair of owls, and one short staccato challenge by a crow . I walked back into the woods to look for these night time travelers and had to use my footprints in the snow to get back out. The dusk settled in rather fast, and I never did sight the owls. I was glad I had been the only human on the deer trail I had followed in.

14 comments:

  1. Wonderful light in these shots! & the scenery is pretty good too!

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  2. You took a lot of pictures in December!
    I have read a number of those Gregory books. She's an excellent writer. And i enjoy reading about the Tudors anyhow.

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  3. Hi Steve - always great to see your shots ... and that turkey is amazing - what a fantastic photo ... cheers Hilary

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  4. Loving all these pictures. Looks like yoy had a lot of fun

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  5. That first pic of the turkey is magnificent.
    You blew up Cat Tails? Grin.

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  6. Interesting post! Funny story about the cat tails!

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  7. The turkey's feathers are beautiful...and loved the cattails story!Hahaa
    hughugs

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  8. photography is not my passion. I just point and shoot and hope for the best.

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  9. I always enjoy seeing your photographs, and you did take a lot of them during December!!!
    Lovely selection for us to see on this post, thank you.

    My good wishes for the coming weekend

    All the best Jan

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  10. Gorgeous scenery..I think if you made a postcard or coffee table book, it would be awesome.

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  11. This is a great set, but the turkey is my favorite. You really captured the colors in that one.

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  12. As always, everything is lovely. That tree with the piece of red in it, is certainly eye-catching.

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  13. Simply stunning! Wow! I have heard about the hairspray too!

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