Jamie Douglas Photography | Nature and Adventure: Blog http://jamiedouglasphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Jamie Douglas Photography | Nature and Adventure jamiedouglas@hotmail.com (Jamie Douglas Photography | Nature and Adventure) Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:51:00 GMT Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:51:00 GMT http://jamiedouglasphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u457518454-o543040229-50.jpg Jamie Douglas Photography | Nature and Adventure: Blog http://jamiedouglasphotography.com/blog 120 80 Comming soon - Behind the Image Part III: Processing high ISO images http://jamiedouglasphotography.com/blog/2013/11/comming-soon---behind-the-image-part-iii-processing-high-iso-images-so-they-look-good  

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Behind the Image Part II: How I got 40mm close to a Snowy Owl? http://jamiedouglasphotography.com/blog/2013/10/how-did-i-get-40mm-close-to-a-snowy-owl

Species: Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

Location: British Columbia, Canada

Conditions: Sunny and cold

Story behind the image

This beautiful young female snowy owl was resting upon a large driftwood log on the foreshores of British Columbia during low tide early last November.  After spending many hours in the company of this owl, I was overwhelmed when she allowed me to make a very slow and submissive approach towards her.  I originally had no intent on attempting a wide angle and spent a considerable amount of time enjoying photographing her using a telephoto lens.  It was only after many hours of monitoring her behaviour that I started to consider that there could be an opportunity at hand to create a wide angle image.  The owl appeared to be incredibly relaxed and after making a number of judgment calls, I decided to seize the moment.  Thankfully I was with a very experienced friend who acted as a pair of eyes on the owl as I slowly crouched during my approach in order to avoid any predatory like behaviour or eye contact.  My friend was able to tell me exactly how the owl was behaving and kept me updated on how she was tolerating my approach.

This is the first time I have attempted to approach a wild owl and the decision to do so was only made after a long and careful assessment of the situation.  The Owl did move a few feet away when I decided it was time to back up away and in the process of doing so made a splash when I realised my boots were overflowing with tidal water and stuck in the mud.

Nature tolerates humans far more than we tolerate nature so we shouldn't seek to pester any wildlife for the sake of a photograph.  From time to time though, conditions such as this present themselves and through understanding and knowledge of your subject, fantastic opportunities like this can happen.  A once in the a lifetime experience for me and not something I ever expect to happen again.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed learning more about this image and how it was created.

Behind the camera | Techs | Canon 1D Mark IV | 17-40mm @ 40mm | F5.6 | 1/2500 | ISO200 | 1:06PM (Who said you can't photograph white subjects at midday on a sunny day?)

No glue or bait was used in the making of this image

Click here to see a telephoto image of this same owl: http://jamiedouglasphotography.com/p646954356#h4b141334


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Behind the Image Part I: 'Twilight Cove' A lesson in blue hour photography http://jamiedouglasphotography.com/blog/2013/4/twilight-cove-a-lesson-in-blue-hour-photography

Welcome to my first blog post which marks the start to a series of future blog articles ranging from tips and techniques to product reviews.


In this first article, I want to share what went into making a recent image I took during the long Easter Weekend while I was visiting my favourite place on earth, the small laid back coastal surfing community of Tofino, on Vancouver Island. During the weekend I was able to make time to scope the wide open local beaches and secluded coves for ideal locations. This image highlights the results of taking photos during the 'blue hour'. This is the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The time is considered special because of the quality of the light.


Behind the camera

To maximize shooting landscapes in the blue hour, you need to scope the location first and ideally get set up long before the sun goes down. This will allow you to lock in your position and compose the image before conditions get too dark to really make the most of the situation, and prevent you from seeing what you’re doing or shooting.  Preparing the image composition in good light allows you the benefit to fine tune your focus using the viewfinder or live view. From discussions with other photographers, the advice most give is to  use manual focus adjustments when composing landscapes. It is recommended that you shoot RAW in manual mode and use spot or center-weighted average metering, metering off of the darkest point in the scene which in this case would be the rocks. This will allow you to see detail in the darkest points of the composition while still maximizing the blue hour effect without blowing out the highlights. As you can tell, shooting in the blue hour requires long exposure times often ranging above 20 seconds, so to achieve sharp results you must have a sturdy tripod and ballhead. Further improvements in sharpness can be achieved by using a cable or wireless remote together with mirror lockup which you will find in most DLSR camera's custom functions.


Camera Techs | Canon 1D Mark IV | 17mm | F16 | 20sec | ISO100 | Gitzo Tripod | Giottos Ballhead | Vello Remote Shutter Release


In front of the computer

This image is a blend of two optimized  files. The first file contained optimized adjustments for the sky and sea and the other for the shadow and rock areas. The RAW file conversion was performed in Lightroom 4 and the images were then imported into Photoshop CS6 as smart objects. Once in PS I was able to combine the two images as a layer mask and use the paint brush to refine the image to my liking. Further adjustments included curves, levels, and contrast tweaks before the image was resized and sharpened for web. Noise was controlled using the Imagenomic plug-in for Photoshop. Please note: Importing images as smart objects allows the photo editor the option of always returning to the RAW file in Adobe Camers RAW (ACR) without having to start all over again.


Be sure to check out the following useful apps which calculate the magic hour at your current location...

Magic Hour (free) and GoldenPic ($3.99 CAD)

Please drop me a line if you have any questions and I wish you all the best of luck in the field.

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