Close-up for January Squares – Jan. 11, 2021

thanks to Becky B for hosting January Squares https://beckybofwinchester.com/2021/01/11/square-up-11/

I could never get this close to any bird in the wild but these two birds were captured inside a snow globe and a Christmas ornament.

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Day 5 – Close-up

…thanks to Becky B for hosting Square Perspective Challenge

Becky and I have chosen similar themes today; different perspectives of flowers but mine is a little simpler….. from a few feet back to a close-up of one bloom.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Alternative Version

….thanks to Snow for this difficult Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Which do you prefer?

Original or cropped

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Long shot or short
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From a distance or close-up
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Portrait or landscape format
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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Close-up

….thanks to Lens-Artist Photo Challenge for this week’s theme

Yesterday I went to the Toronto Zoo and took my Panasonic Lumix camera with the wide angle lens. I had a little bit of difficulty with the settings but I did manage to get some interesting close-ups of some of the animals.P1070440
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Getting Close to a Pigeon

….unless there’s food involved most pigeons don’t let me get close enough to take a picture

Last week, while visiting my daughter and her family in Hamilton, we took a walk to pick up some lunch. On the way back I saw this lovely iridescent pigeon in a bird bath. It was bitter cold so I have to think that there was food in the bowl. I didn’t have my telephoto lens with me so I kept inching closer. I was amazed that this little guy didn’t fly off.

Then with a little cropping it became clear that there was food in the bath.

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As always when I stop to take photos my family continues walking and I have to run to catch up. Here they are with lunch in hand, eager to get home to eat.

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Playing With Geese

….more like playing with my camera

Usually when I approach birds of any kind they tend to fly away. I was hoping that my new zoom lens would allow me to get closer without actually having to physically approach my subjects.

A few day ago, when I left the dog at home, I walked into the Col. Sam Smith Park hoping to find some birds to capture with my camera. Despite the bitter cold, I found a gaggle of geese along the first beach as I entered the naturalized area of the park. To my surprise the geese did not fly away. Instead a couple of them walked towards me as if looking for something. I don’t know if it was curiosity on their part or if they were looking for a handout.

At one point they got so close to me that I found myself actually backing away from them. One thing I know about geese and swans is that they can be rather nasty and they will bite if they feel threatened. Clearly these two weren’t threatened by me or this big black contraption hanging from my neck.

I’m pretty pleased with the photos I managed to get. In fact, I didn’t have the zoom lens with me. I used the macro lens. These birds were way to close to me for the zoom lens anyway, unless I wanted pictures of their eyes.  I’m sure that an expert could find plenty wrong with them. The day was overcast, Canada Geese don’t have a lot of colour and the beach we were standing on was also void of a lot of colour. Consequently there’s not a lot of contrast and everything seems a little muted. None the less, it is what it is and I finally got a close-up even without my zoom lens.

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WPC – Harmony

….took awhile to find this week’s photo challenge but I didn’t give up

Today’s walk brought me peace and harmony as I played with my new camera and experimented with different angles.

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