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Writing with Light

Chasing Sunsets

Project 52 – Entry #6

The photographic goal for this week was to capture a sunset. My plan went a little awry when I got to the pond not far from my home and came across a whole bunch of geese (I guess the correct term is a gaggle) and ducks and their respective families.

So forgetting about my original quest for the moment off I went chasing my fine feathered friends.

Canon EOS Xti, Sigma 18 - 200mm f/7.1 1/50 200mm

This duck was watching over its many ducklings as they were playing in a muddy patch on the side of the path. She was just in a perfect spot because the setting sun was coming through the bushes which gave this shot it’s golden glow.

Canon EOS Xti, Sigma 18 - 200mm, f/6.3 1/100 24mm

As the geese were parading down the path I got down low and prepared to take a picture of them walking towards me when all of the sudden this little girl ran in front of me to see the babies. Perfect! Sometimes things happen for a reason. I desaturated the background a touch to get a more “vintage” look.

Canon EOS Xti, Sigma 10-22mm, f/22 0.4 20mm

Finally what I came for. This is a 3 shot bracketed exposure processed as a HDR image (this post is getting lengthy so I’ll save the HDR conversation for next week’s post)

A Parting Shot…someone wasn’t so impressed with my picture taking abilities.

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19 responses

  1. lorrainie

    just love the lighting! Your picture of the pond is so serene – nice job!

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    June 8, 2011 at 7:51 am

  2. Edythe

    I LOVE the one with the little girl! Stunning photo!!!!

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    June 8, 2011 at 8:49 am

  3. Jan Winther

    Absolutely amazing sunset shot.

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    June 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm

  4. Ethan

    great pictures

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    June 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

  5. The one of the little girl is super! Nice capture 🙂

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    June 10, 2011 at 6:50 am

  6. aww this is very cute. those ducks are just adorable!

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    June 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

  7. Wow Edith! you’re amazing. I studied photography at York University. I loved being in the dark room. I just bought a Sony NEX-5. I haven’t had a chance to really play with it but I hope to this summer. I love the shot of the little girl. Just WOW!!!

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    June 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    • Thanks Josie. I’ve always been a shutterbug and the last couple of years I’ve taught myself photoshop and other post processing tools. I had no idea you studied photography. Maybe we can compare notes one day.

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      June 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm

  8. If I could spend my days taking pictures I would but my kids got fed up with me lying on home plate with the camera between their legs.

    Photoshop was my second favorite find after my camera.

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    June 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm

  9. Great set of photos!
    That sunset is spectacular . I love the detail on that first shot as well. Adorable!

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    June 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm

  10. Rob

    Perfect golden reflection that compliments the mallard. The sunset is stunning, but the child in the pink dress is cute. A fun project you started here.

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    June 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

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