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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

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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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"Goose Yoga"

This image was taken back in early Sep 2014. The Geese hang out quite a bit along this part of the shoreline in Blandford eating the green sea grass to build up their energy for the migration, even though some of the Geese still stay for the winter.

I enjoy watching Geese grooming, they get into alot of positions that one would not think possible.

With the relatively large rocks along this shoreline it makes a great place to hide behind and a good opportunity to use a bean bag which I use a heat-a-seat from Canadian Tire [Reversible Hot Seat, 17-in, Blaze Orange/Black Product #75-0012-4], the reverse side is black and I am always aware of what side is facing the birds.

Bird: Canada Goose
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_goose
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/canada_goose/id
Date: Sep 1, 2014
Time: 1:27pm
Location: Blandford, Nova Scotia
GPS: 44.504034, -64.117452

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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: 1/800
F Number: f/8
ISO: 640
Tripod: bean bag (heat-a-seat)
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Thank you +Suzie Javed  for your visit and kind comment. best regards
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"Male Green-winged Teal", a first for me. I got my tripod as low as possible, the light was mid afternoon so it was a bit challenging. The stripe on it's head is typically green, however as the light shines directly on that area it appears purple.

Sullivan's Pod in Dartmouth Nova Scotia is a unique place to see various types of ducks. The water is moving fast enough that the pond does not completely freeze over, well at least the few times I have visited this year.

Bird: Male Grean-winged Teal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green-winged_teal
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/green-winged_teal/id
Date: Feb 14, 2015
Time: 3:44pm
Location: Sullivan's Pond, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
GPS: 44.673759, -63.563051

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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: 320
Tripod: Manfroto 055XPROB with 498RC2 Ball head
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Será que é de. verdade ? Tão Lindinho ai amei .
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New Harbor, Nova Scotia shoreline

Out for a sunset back in October and the cloud just killed the light I was hoping for. The surf was moderate and the sky was full of clouds. As it got later, into the blue hour, I felt the image would look better as a black & white eliminating the blue dominant color.

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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Focal Length: 24mm
Exposure: 4s
F Number: f/14
ISO: 200
Lens: Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM
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I came here cause your pic is in my chromecast's wallpaper. Maybe that is the answer you are looking for about your view counter. Congrats for your pic. Amazing shot!
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A very patient Female Red-brested Merganser, allowed me close enough to get this image.

Shooting wildlife or bird photos on dull/dark days always worries me because you end up pushing the ISO to get a proper exposure. I have always struggled with this because I always want the best possible image. However, if you make proper use of the built in Histogram display and keep your exposure to have some data in the 5th column to the right you will have the least amount of digital noise in your image. As you can see this image was taken with the version 1 Canon 7D and the picture is, in my humble opinion, very acceptable with using the built in noise reduction of Lightroom.

The other important factor in shooting wildlife/birds is to fill the frame as much as possible. If you have to crop your image to effectively magnify the subject you are also magnifying the noise. So get the longest lens you can afford and practice getting as close to your subject as possible.

I would suggest taking the 8min to view the following YouTube link Canon: Bird Photography with Arthur Morris: Getting the right exposure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzdaD3qAXbo I found it to be quite useful.

Bird: Female Red-brested Merganser
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-breasted_merganser
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/red-breasted_merganser/id
Date: Jan 24, 2015
Time: 12:11pm
Location: Yacht Club Road, Hubbards, Nova Scotia
GPS: 44.637203, -64.059747

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Lens: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011
Focal Length: 600mm
Exposure: 1/320
F Number: f/6.3
ISO: 1000
Tripod: Manfroto 055XPROB with 498RC2 Ball head
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On our way to see the Eagles in Sheffield Mills there were a number of pheasants and we were lucky enough to snap a few shots before they flew into the bushes. This guy was pretty plump and in an open field only a few kilometers from so many Eagles, I wonder how long they stay alive.

Bird: Male Ring-necked (Common) Pheasant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_pheasant
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ring-necked_Pheasant/id
Date: Jan 18, 2014
Time: 8:56am
Location: Middle Dyke Road, Sheffield Mills, Nova Scotia
GPS: 45.138799, -64.477004

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Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Tamron 150-600mm
Focal Length: 600mm (image slightly cropped)
Aperature: F7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/640
ISO: 320
Tripod: Manfrotto 055XPROB with 498RC2 Ball head
Processed: Lightroom v5.7
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Congratulation   +Trevor Awalt   your photograph has been selected to be displayed at +Photo Mania Canada #photomaniacanada. You will also be added to the Canadian Photographers Circle for  January.
Have a great day!  :)
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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)
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Wow..., A very unique instant. I couldn't help but imagine various speak bubbles that could apply! :)
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Cape Forchu Lighthouse, Yarmouth Nova Scotia

Back in September, 2014, I took a trip to Yarmouth to see Cape Forchu as I had never been to the lighthouse before. I was hoping for a great sunset but the weather and the angle of the sun did not make for a great combination. This was taken a couple hours before sunset and was a cloudy blue sky, so I decided to convert it to Black & White.

The image is a combination to 2 exposures to control the white on the buildings while getting more detail in the rocks.

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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Focal Length: 35mm
Exposure: 1/40
F Number: f/16
ISO: 100
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Great work - great detail. Reminds me of an old mystery movie scene! Kevin Awalt
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My close friend "Storm" 2004 - 2015

This image was taken back in July 2014, She passed away on Feb 11th, 2015 due to complications from a severe throat infection.

We had spent a lot of time together hiking and taking many photographs over the years. She was a true angel and I will miss her.
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Unusual cold in NYC. Stay in Miami most of the time.
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"Spin Dry"

I posted an image of a Belted Kingfisher back in Nov. This is the first image that I captured within seconds of her landing on the tree, she had just flew to the tree from diving into the water.

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Bird: Female Belted Kingfisher
Date: Sep 7, 2014
Time: 5:11pm
Location: Deep Cove, Nova Scotia
GPS: 44.530353, -64.101685

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Tamron 150-600mm
Focal Length: 600mm
Aperture: F8
Shutter Speed: 1/800
ISO: 400
Tripod: Manfrotto 055XPROB with 498RC2 Ball head
Processed: Lightroom v5.6
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Thank you +albert tores +jo Williams +Judy Jarrell +Mo Richard for your visit and kind comments. Thanks to everyone who +1'd and shared. Best Regards
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Storm Surge

The Rocks at Bayswater Beach, Nova Scotia. There was a storm with a high tide was the making of a great opportunity. I got as close as possible out on the firm grass which was level with the water, however, I still had to zoom to 70mm to get the composition I was looking for.

The texture of the rocks, the crashing waves behind the rocks, and the clouds made for an interesting subject. The abstract part of the image is in The crashing wave on the right, which to me looks like a person running away from the rocks.

Our local photo club has various competitions throughout the year and this submission is for the "Monochrome" category. I do not shoot alot of monochrome but hopefully the result will match the way I feel about this image.

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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Focal Length: 70mm
Exposure: 1/20
F Number: f/16
ISO: 100
Lens: Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM
82mm Hoya HD Cir-PL Filter
Tripod: Manfroto 055XPROB with 498RC2 Ball head
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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

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