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Old May 22, 2009, 4:02 PM   #1
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Just a few recent shots from here near home. First is my good friend Vole's favorite butterfly - the Great Spangled Fritillary (just now emerging & arriving here):
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I'm not much of a hand with bird photography - neither the right lens nor the right patience and skill! But here's a young'un who was close and not shy (baby robin recently off the nest):
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Our Spotted Sandpipers are very shy - this is a much cropped photo after about 20 minutes (the limit of my patience) of waiting:
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Still LOTS of blooms in our area. Here are some Sulphury Cinquefoils and Bristly Locusts:
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And the damp weather has been great for a wide range of fungi:
(Please share your suggestions for improving any or all of these. Thanks!)
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I'm not much of a hand with bird photography - neither the right lens nor the right patience and skill! But here's a young'un who was close and not shy (baby robin recently off the nest):
Well Mole, if you keep this up you'll be a top notch birder before you know it. Great shot!
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Still LOTS of blooms in our area. Here are some Sulphury Cinquefoils and Bristly Locusts:

I thought this was a good shot but, need a little brightening up, hope you don't mind. since I don't know how its supposed to look, I may have over done it a little, hope you like it.

Hmmm... something changed my monitor settings and I can't seem to get them back like they were, somebody please let me know how this edit looks on your monitor.
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I thought this was a good shot but, need a little brightening up, hope you don't mind. since I don't know how its supposed to look, I may have over done it a little, hope you like it.

Hmmm... something changed my monitor settings and I can't seem to get them back like they were, somebody please let me know how this edit looks on your monitor.

It could have used a little brightening, GW, but yours is too much, even with my monitor brightness turned down.

Otherwise, the pictures are fine as they are, Mole - you live in a rich environment for nature photography.
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It could have used a little brightening, GW, but yours is too much, even with my monitor brightness turned down.

Otherwise, the pictures are fine as they are, Mole - you live in a rich environment for nature photography.
Thank Pen,
that's what I was afraid of. After I edited and posted, I realized that other photos that looked good before, now looked to dark, and if I brighten my monitor to make them look right... the yellow flowers ai just did looked over done. seems my computer has a mind of its own and keeps changing things!
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There's a number of things that affect what you see in your monitor - first, it could be the background around the picture. If you use a black background your picture will look brighter than it probably should. So for editing photos it's better to use a neutral grey background. Another problem is your room lighting - I notice that my pictures look different (either brighter or darker) as the sun goes down and I look at them using incandescent light. It's not always the computer changing things. And I do find it frustrating sometimes.
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