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- Created on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 05:43
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The Barred Owl is a large owl that inhabits dense forests across North America and has one of the most eerie calls of all birds. It goes by numerous other names like the striped owl, wood owl and rain owl.
Adults are 42-62 cm (16.5-25 inches) in length. The Barred Owl typically has a pale to white face with black ring around the eyes. The back is brownish with specks of white while the chest is white striped horizontally (barred) with brown streaks. The head is round, with no ear tuffs while eyes are brown. The beak is bright yellow and almost fully covered by the features of the face.
Barred Owl photo taken on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
- Created on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 20:50
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The North American Robin, or American Robin is one of the most widely distributed birds in North America. A truly adaptable bird, the Robin is just at home in major cities as it is in remote wilderness. Classified as a migratory songbird, you can normally find the Robin bounding across lawns or gardens searching for worms.
- Created on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 09:57
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Thamnophis ordinoides is a small snake, usually only having a body length of 14 to 36 inches when fully grown. The Northwestern Garter Snake ranges more in body coloring that any other garter snakes. Its color can vary from almost black to olive with most snakes having a dark stripe down their backs. Most Northwestern snakes will also have a bright stripe down their sides that also range in color from white to yellow. You can positively identify them from other garter snakes by looking for a pale upper lip.
Northwestern Garter Snake from Vancouver Island
- Created on Sunday, 20 February 2011 08:27
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Most photographers’ call it quits after the sun goes down, missing out on some incredible photography prospects.
What is night photography? Well, it’s basically the technique of capturing photographs at low light over a long exposure of time. Photographs of city cityscapes at night, car tail light streaks, fireworks and the full moon are all examples of night photography. Just like any other genre of photography, it is very diverse.
Night photography can use either natural light, artificial light of a combination of both. Exposure times can be as little as 1-2 seconds or take multiple hours.
Equipment Needed for Night Photography
You’ll need a camera capable of long exposures: Your camera should be able to stay open for at least 2-3 seconds to do even basic high-light night photography. The longer your cameras shutter is able to stay open, means the more light it can gather. Preferably, you want a camera that can stay open for at least 30 seconds, which will let you capture most low light events.
The good news is that most modern digital cameras will let you keep the stutter open in manual mode for the 30 seconds you’ll need. Some higher end point and shoot cameras and all DSLR cameras will also give you a BULB feature, which lets you keep the camera shutter open as long as you want.
- Created on Saturday, 19 February 2011 09:25
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For most amateur and professional photographers alike, winter is the most difficult season for photography. The white snows and grey skies of winter make exposing a photograph correctly difficult. The weather can be hard on batteries, especially with today’s digital cameras. Above all, winters gloom and cold can make it hard to find inspiration to get outside with a camera. Don’t be discouraged, winter can provide some incredible photography opportunities!
Winter Photography Ideas:
Black and White Winter Photography
The bright whites and heavy blacks of winter lends itself to black and white photography nicely. Don’t fight with trying to get a good color photo if is not possible. You’ll be surprised how well some scenes that look crummy in color, look incredible in black & white. Most of today’s higher end cameras shoot only in color only. You convert the photograph to Black & White using image editing software. To help you get an idea of what the color photograph is going to look like in black and white, most cameras a live view option that can be set to monochrome. Make sure to use this option if your camera has it, as it can greatly help setting up your B&W shots.
A quick tip to help your Black/White photos is to remember that most good B&W pictures include at least some PURE Black and White. What I mean by this, is just don’t take shots consisting only grey scale elements, make sure to include the high contrast pure blacks and whites.