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Something you don't see every day, a young Porcupine up a spruce tree eating the spruce needles. After the feed it slept for a few hours in the same spot. For the photograph: being quite dark out today this was shot at ISO1000,F/7.1,1/125. Due the slow shutter speed timing was critical, it was a matter of catching the moment when the porcupine paused.
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"The Big Yawn"

Out yesterday morning, Aug 27th, and came across 6 Grey Seals bobbing around in the water off Backman Road, Bayswater. One seal was laying back and had a big yawn showing his teeth. They look pretty cute from a distance, but don't be fooled they can be pretty vicious if you get too close.

For the photograph: It was pretty foggy so I got down over the rocks to the shoreline to get as close as possible. Using lightroom to process the photo I used the white, black and contrast sliders under the basic panel to minimize the haze of the fog. I also used a radial filter and the brush to slightly highlight the seal in the ocean.

Mammal: Grey Seal
Date: Aug 27, 2015
Time: 10:38am
Location: Backman Road, Bayswater, Nova Scotia
GPS: 44.494537, -64.066497

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Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011
Focal Length: 600mm
Exposure: 1/640
F Number: f/8
ISO: 640
Tripod: Manfroto 055XPROB with 498RC2 Ball head
Lightroom CC 2015
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"On The Edge"

Back in June we were on vacation in Newfoundland for about 10 days. It was more of a recon trip to know where to go on our next visit. There is more than the falls to photograph at Hidden Falls, Sheaves Cove on the Port au Port Peninsula Newfound. This is an amazing location. This image was taken on the shoreline just around the east corner of the cove. The rocks and colors are so photogenic.

For the photograph: I spent a bit of time getting a composition to separate the rock on the edge away from the rock bank. The color was interesting as well as the leading lines. As this was the afternoon the sun was not right causing the rock bank to be in the shade, so I chose to use HDR from 3 bracketed images at +/- 1 and 1/3, this allowed to pull the details out of the rock bank. I choose to leave the graffiti to hopefully make an impression so people realize to not deface such beautiful locations.

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Date: June 1, 2015
Time: 3:25pm
Location: Hidden Falls, Sheaves Cove, Port au Port Peninsula, Newfoundland
GPS: 48.517480, -59.051541

Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Focal Length: 17mm
Exposure: 1/50
F Number: f/13
ISO: 100
Lens: Canon 17-40mm F/4L USM
Tripod: Manfroto 190XPROB with 804RC2 Pan head
Software: Photomatix ver 4.2.3, Lightroom CC 2015
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+Kevin Awalt this location has so much to offer from a photographic perspective. It's a place I would love to revisit.
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"How Close Can You Get", Last night at a friends place there were three juvenile deer around the property in a subdivision. These Deer were not tame enough to walk up and touch but I was so surprised at how calm they were and how close I could get (zoomed to 200mm). It was quite an experience being that close.
For the shot: There was not much light as the sun had just set so I pulled out my 70-200 F/2.8 and 5DMKII, even with that combination the image was taken at ISO1600 F/2.8. No tripod, taken handheld, as I was walking/squatting and moving closer and closer, while kneeing down I rested my elbow on my knee to keep it as stable as possible.

#wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #deer  

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Focal Length: 200mm
Exposure: 1/250
F Number: f/2.8
ISO: 1600
Tripod: None (handheld)
Processing: Lightroom CC 2015
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Thanks +Andy Boyles +Peter Greene +jennifer howei +Don Little +Photo Mania Canada +akio onoue for taking your time to visit and leaving comments. Thanks to all who +1'd and for the shares as well. best regards
+Peter Greene the photo here was taken in a subdivision and they were quite tame, out on the Aspotogan Peninsula (Nova Scotia)  the deer are wild and I can never get that close so for me it was a treat.
Thanks +akio onoue for your continued visits.
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"Sounds of Spring". The sound of Peepers on Backman Road, Bayswater, Nova Scotia at night. Short 20 sec video taken with an iPhone6Plus, It's pretty noisy and dark but the sound is what is important.
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Great Podcast, definitely worth a listen! #468 : Being Creative and Developing a Style by +Martin Bailey http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/podcasts/#Ep468
One of the longest running, the Martin Bailey Photography Podcast is a great mix of art, technique, interviews, gear reviews and travelogue style episodes.
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✯✯  *WS Bird Photographers circle*  ✯✯

This is the 1st #Birds4All circle share for 2015.

This circle is a must have for people who love Birds.

Please support yourself by adding and sharing this awesome Birds photographers circle

Sharing is not required but is highly appreciated when this is done

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You can find the Bird4all communitie here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117152286456045395241 which is greatly maintained by  +Jane Floor 

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+Trevor Awalt thanks for the re-share Trevor.
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"Ghostly Sunset"
As the fall colors are fading it's time to get back to the coast and shoot some sunsets. Lat Saturday, Nov 7, my wife and I headed over to New Harbour Beach, Blandford, Nova Scotia, to shoot a sunset. It was a bit windy with fast moving clouds and the clouds on the horizon were fairly thick killing the colorful light. So time to dig out the 10 stop ND Filter to highlight the clouds and the wave motion.

For the photograph, The composition intent was to minimize the seaweed in the foreground, be close enough to the wave activity on the rocks and maximize the sky with the rocks providing the leading lines. I manually focused with a polarizing filer and turned the filter to get the water like I wanted it. I then stacked the ND500 on top of my polarizing filter, being careful not to touch the focus ring or the position of the polarizer. I kept my tripod low to minimize the shake from the wind and also stood beside my camera with my jacket open a bit to shelter the camera from the wind as much as possible. I used a shutter release cable and set the camera to Bulb mode while watching the counter increment to the desired exposure, 123seconds. I was also using "LiveView" which effectively inherently provides mirror lockup.

#Rocks, #Landscape , #NovaScotia , #Sunset , #Seascape
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Date: Nov 7, 2015
Time: 4:46pm
Location: New Harbour, Blandford, Nova Scotia
GPS: 44.478666, -64.100290

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Focal Length: 25mm
Exposure: 123sec
F Number: f/16
ISO: 200
82mm Hoya HD Cir-PL Filter
ND500 Hoya ND Filter
Tripod: Manfroto 055XPROB with 498RC2 Ball head
Lightromm CC 2015
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Thanks +George Marquardt for your continued visits and kind comments. Best regards
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"Rocks at Peggy's Cove"

My wife and I were at Peggy's Cove last night and met up with +Sandra Parlow and her husband, great folks enjoying their visit to Nova Scoita.

Lot's of people around the lighthouse and only a bit of cloud in the sky, however there was at least a bit of glow. So I decided to search for a different perspective. The rocks are granite and quite huge which can be pushed around by the huge waves during Atlantic coast storms, it can be quite dramatic.

For the photograph: I wanted to find a puddle of water to get a reflection of the clouds in the sky and had to get quite low to the ground and back a bit form the puddle to get as much of it in the puddle as possible. I also wanted to include one of the large rocks, so after a bit of moving around I found my spot. I always use my hyper-focal distance to get the image as sharp as possible without focus stacking, it's challenging enough with the expourse brackets without having to focus stack as well.

#Rocks, #Landscape , #Peggy's Cove, #Nova Scotia
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Date: Aug 25, 2015
Time: 8:04pm
Location: Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
GPS: 44.491439, -63.918745

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Focal Length: 24mm
Exposure: 0.8sec
F Number: f/16
ISO: 100
82mm Hoya HD Cir-PL Filter
Tripod: Manfroto 055XPROB with 498RC2 Ball head
Photomatix v4.2.3, Lightromm CC 2015
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Beautiful, those rocks are classic East Coast!
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"Come Closer and I will Jump!"

This is the closest I have gotten so far this year, they seam to be very skid-dish. When we arrived on location the birds were down behind the rocks on the seaweed where we could not see them so it's hard not to scare them away.

For the photograph: It is important to shoot "bright" (histogram to the right). Even with a Canon 7D ver 1 (crop sensor) you get pretty good noise performance and can be easily controlled in lightroom in the detail panel. I typically set the mask to 40 and the lumanance between 25 and 40, which gives quite acceptable results.

Bird: Ruddy Turnstone
Date: Aug 22, 2015
Time: 1:54pm
Location: Backman Road, Bayswater, Nova Scotia
GPS: 44.493683, -64.066261

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Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011
Focal Length: 600mm
Exposure: 1/640
F Number: f/7.1
ISO: 1000
Tripod: none, rock with bean bag (heat-a-seat)
Lightroom CC 2015
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The fox pups are back again this year, the parents have been returning for the last few years underneath a shed in Blandford. The property was a summer residence for many years however, this year it appears to be in use. Hopefully I will get a chance to take many more images of these little guys, it's so amazing to watch them grow up in the wild even though it's in a small country community. Each year only a few of the pups survive, usually 2 to 3 out of the 6 or 7 born. There is a curiosity but also a sadness in this ones face.

#foxes   #wildlife   #naturephotography   #fox  

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011
Focal Length: 600mm
Exposure: 1/640
F Number: f/8
ISO: 800

Tripod: none bean bag on window of car.
Processing: Lightroom 5.7
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Sweetness!
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Today when we stopped the car at the edge of Backman Road in Bayswater, Nova Scotia where the many large rocks form a wharf out to sea, this merganser was laying down and initially let us get some shots. Then as she was deciding to fly away or not, I was able to capture this pose. I have not had the opportunity to capture a merganser dry before, it was interesting to see the lighter color of the feathers than when they are wet.

Bird: Female Red-breasted Merganser
Date: April 5, 2015
Time: 1:40pm
Location: Backman Road, Bayswater, Nova Scotia
GPS: 44.493895, -64.066430

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Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011
Focal Length: 600mm
Exposure: 1/1000
F Number: f/8
ISO: 400
Tripod: none, car window with bean bag (heat-a-seat)
Lightroom 5.7
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Thank you +José Manuel Polo for your continued visits, insight and kind comments. Best regards
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Aspiring Photographer - Landscape & Wildlife
Introduction
Photography is my hobby which I started back in the 1990's with a OM10 Olympus SLR, 50mm and 135mm prime lenses, with a C85 flash. Back then I just took photo's on vacations due to the cost of processing film.

In 2001 I started taking pictures for a local high school basketball team using a Kodak 1.6Mpix DC265 digital camera.

In 2005 I tried a Canon Powershot 3.1Mpix A75 but was not too happy with the results.

Then in 2007 I decided to upgrade to a Canon 8Mpix SX100IS with 10x Optical Zoom which then rekindled my interest. As I was spending more time out walking my dog I began to start taking pictures every day and became interested in capturing images of sea ducks which then in 2009 I upgraded to a bridge camera, the Canon 10Mpix SX10IS with 20x Optical Zoom. I continued taking pictures daily and started to get more serious, reading and learning as much as I could.

I then began sharing my pictures online via Google Picasa which was a great experience. As I began to seek out other photographers and comment on their work they began to visit my images and with their supportive comments It not only helped me improve my images it also helped with my confidence.

I then came to the realization that the quality of the images I was trying to achieve required me to consider a DSLR. This was a painful experience as I spent 10 months reading and rationalizing as to what DSLR to purchase. In June of 2010 I decided to upgrade to a Canon 50D which is what I use today along with my recent acquisition (March 2012) a 5DMKII.

I am still on this huge learning curve as my day job does not allow me the amount of time that I would like to spend with photography, but one has to be able to pay bills and feed my Hobby.

I am still working hard to learn as much as I can and continue to try to improve my photography. I am so inspired by so many talented people here on G+ and thankful for so many photographers who are willing to share their knowledge and help us amateur photographers along this complicated and exciting journey. 

Current Gear:
Canon 50D DSLR
Canon 7D DSLR
Canon 5DMKII DSLR
Canon 17-40mmF/4L USM
Canon 50mmF/1.4 USM
Canon 24-70mmF/2.8L II USM
Canon 70-200mmF/2.8L II IS USM
Canon 400mmF/5.6L USM
Canon 2x Teleconverter ver III
Tamron 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Canon 580EXII flash (x2)
Translite 2 Flash
Phottix Strato wireless triggers

Post Processing:
Photoshop CC
Lightroom v5.6
Neat Image v7.2
Photomatix Pro v4.2.3
Topaz Labs
Perfect Photo Suite 9
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