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Close to a Garter Snake

April 15, 2016

See Mike’s excellent macro photos — well worth the risk to get so close to the snake!

Mike Powell

This past Monday as I was exploring Huntley Meadows Park with fellow photographer Walter Sanford, he spotted an Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis). We both like to photograph snakes, so we sprung into action. Following my normal instincts, I moved in close to the snake. How close did I get? At a certain point in time I actually had to back up a little to make sure I included the snake’s entire head in the image.

Some readers of this blog may recall that Walter and I use different camera systems and approach our shots in different ways, partly because he is using a zoom lens and I am often using a macro lens with a fixed focal length. If you shoot side by side with another photographer, you’ll often get the same shots, but that’s usually not the case for Walter and me. We normally…

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Common Baskettail dragonfly

April 28, 2015

Another view of the same Common Baskettail dragonfly, as seen from a slightly different viewpoint. Good photo, Mike!

Mike Powell

Despite its name, the Common Baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca cynosura), one of the first dragonflies of the spring, has been observed only infrequently at my local marshland park. Therefore I was pretty excited when sharp-eyed fellow blogger and photographer Walter Sanford spotted a Common Baskettail last week when we were out together searching for dragonflies.

Walter consulted with some experts and  was able to confirm his initial identification of this dragonfly as a female. How do you tell the gender of a dragonfly? Check out Walter’s recent posting What was your first clue? to learn how he did it.

If you are more interested in photography than in dragonfly anatomy, check out Walter’s initial posting on the Common Baskettail dragonfly. We both photographed the dragonfly at the same time, but our angles of view and equipment were different, so the resulting images are similar, but not identical.

Personally i enjoy seeing how the creative choices that…

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Posterous going dark

March 1, 2013

It’s official: Posterous will turn off on April 30, 2013. My new photoblog will be hosted on WordPress. I will post a notification here when walter sanford’s photoblog goes live. I hope you will follow me to my new home. Please stay tuned.

Frogs alive!

February 28, 2013

Frogs alive!” was recorded live on 25 February 2013 at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

Green-winged Teal (male, female)

January 29, 2013

A couple of Green-winged Teals (Anas crecca) spotted during a photowalk at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. The male is shown in Photos 1-2; the female in Photo 3.

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Tech Tips: BorderFX, a free plug-in for Apple Aperture, was used to add a text watermark to the photos.

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

Common Whitetail dragonfly (immature male)

January 21, 2013

A Common Whitetail dragonfly (Libellula lydia, Plathemis lydia) spotted during a photowalk at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an immature male. As a young male the dragonfly’s abdomen will be covered by white pruinescence, hence its common name, “Common Whitetail.”

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Tech Tips: BorderFX, a free plug-in for Apple Aperture, was used to add a text watermark.

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

Fall foliage at Huntley Meadows Park

December 26, 2012

Fall foliage at Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Virginia USA.

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Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2012

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Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

Masonic emblem

December 24, 2012

The Masonic emblem, viewed from the observation deck of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia USA.

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Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

HDR composite image redux

December 22, 2012

I used Adobe Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5 to create a 16-bit HDR composite image from three exposures of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia USA.

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Tech Tips: I used “More Saturated,” one of the Photoshop “Local Adaption” presets; no other adjustments were changed. I saved the resulting composite image to Lightroom, where I cropped the image, adjusted “Clarity” and added a vignette. Finally, I used the “Spot Removal” tool to remove several dust spots on the camera image sensor.

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com


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