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The Rainbow Macaw

The Rainbow Macaw
The Rainbow Macaw

I thought I would add a splash of color with this photograph of a macaw. Its brightly colored feathers gave me the impression of a painting where the painter swabs globs of rainbow colors to a side of the painting to grab some interest. In the same waym this macaw did just that. Even though the background was brightly lit because it was such a sunny day, Its plumage drew my interest as it buried its beak into its feathers grooming itself.

Where I come from we have parrots. We don’t have macaws though as these species seem more a native of South America. However, it was nice to find a little reminder of the tropical nature of home at the zoo. Now, the only thing left to make it feel completely like home is a dense, damp, evergreen rainforest.

Nestled for Warmth

Nestled for Warmth
Nestled for Warmth

Taking advantage of the fair Sunday weather and to shoot with some photography friends, I ventured to the zoo. I had already made up my mind that in spite of my still fragile condition – recovering from a flu – I was still going to take the chance, brave the 46F weather and go shooting. Incidentally, there was a photo contest going on at the zoo. An annual winter contest which brings hordes of photographers from amateur to professional to shoot at the zoo and I was out there rubbing elbows with the best and worst of them.

It made no difference to me whether there was a contest going on or not, I was out for one reason – to make art with light and I think this photograph reflects that. Here I captured a duck in one of the many pools nestled in its own feathers for warmth just slightly off shore of the pond hence the title Nestled for Warmth.

Chittenango Falls Revisited

Chittenango Falls Revisited
Chittenango Falls Revisited

Back in 2010, I bought myself a circular polarizer and with unequivocal excitement I went out shooting like mad. Among one of the places I visited and made use of the polarizer was the Chittenango Falls. The photo I composed and took that day is available in the park walks collection of the portfolio.

This year, January 1, I was invited out by three other photographer friends for a New Year shoot-out. One of the many places we visited was, you guessed it, Chittenango Falls. Was I excited this second time around, you bet I was. This time around I had another toy to play with a graduated neutral density filter which helped me to keep everything within the range the sensor. But enough with the technical talk and lets get down to the image.

Having gotten to the falls, I felt that I needed to take something different which still emphasized the significance of the falls. And, after searching around, I settled on this composition which not only displayed the falls but the environs. Further, the low level of the sun as it broke through the forest trees and lit the grounds of the walkway already suggests that it was early in the morning; It was. But, it was beautiful, it was refreshing and was a fitting way to start the new year – taking photos with friends at the start of the new year.

Finger Lakes Sunset

Finger Lakes Sunset
Finger Lakes Sunset

Having completed a visit a to the New York Hope Mills, my companion photographers and myself decided to make our way back through the Finger Lakes Region to Syracuse. On travelling through the twisty roads that cut through the farm lands, we started noticing the sun setting. We paused at various points along the trip to take shots. The one to the left is at one stop we made near a field which had an old, small shed at its center..

Certainly, the photograph does not depict the greatest sunset shot in the world. But, I think the colors and the scene evoke the mood at the time – easy-going, rural, tranquil. That is the Finger Lakes region of New York  for you; Its gentle rolling hills and vast farm lands puts you in that kind of mood.

Hawk Eye

Hawk Eye
Hawk Eye

I hate to talk of things in the past tense. But, I have taken so many pictures this year and have simply sat on them because I was either too lazy to develop them at the time or too caught up in the business of life to make the time to do so. However, slowly but surely I plan to make sure I put them all out because I think that although persons may take photos for personal record, the desire of any photographer is to share the photographs he/she takes with his audience.

This portrait to the left is of a broad-winged hawk which I shot at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.This is an absolutely beautiful creature especially when you view it up close with its intricate patterns on its feathers. It is not all that noticeable in this reduced version of the original, but I caught the hawk just as it was turning its head toward the sun light.There is a small bit of catch-light which is noticeable in the eye when viewed closer, hence the name of this piece – Hawk Eye.

Hypnotic Swirls

Hypnotic Swirls
Hypnotic Swirls

As the season slowly changes to the cooler days of Fall, I thought I would take a moment to reminisce of the summer and one of the things that I saw that I thought was interesting. To the left you can see one of those scenes. This was taken at the Buttermilk Falls down in Ithaca, NY.

I had noticed the swirling pattern in the water but it was so slow it was almost insignificant. So, I did something to make it more significant. I slowed my shutter down and thus was able to make the swirls more visible and more prominent. Here they show the hypnotic swirls of this small point in the stream which feeds the Buttermilk Falls.

Bridge Over Waters

Bridge Over Waters
Bridge Over Waters

Over the course of the summer I took numerous trips to some rather breathtaking natural spots. One of those just happened to be the Buttermilk Falls down in Ithaca, New York. Now, Ithaca is known for numerous waterfalls. But this one was packed with so many sites, I did not have time to visit any others in the vicinity.

In this shot, Bridge Over Waters, I chose to focus less on the falls which has been photographed to death but instead on the stream which feeds the falls. And, I aimed to try to capture the atmosphere, the lush greenery, cool flowing waters and the grandeur of the scene. This is one which will certainly make my

portfolio later on and the print will be available for sale. I hope you enjoy.