There really isn’t that much that you can do while off for the summer if you want to keep things cheap and have a girlfriend already in Taiwan, so I find myself hiking and running a lot.
This first photo is my favorite not really because of anything special with the photo itself – but because I rarely get good shots of birds. Still only owning the 18-55 mm kit lens is usually not a problem and quite honestly, I have no real reason to go buy a new lens just yet. Unless, of course, I’m trying to shoot birds which always seem to fly away. Then I want to rush to the nearest Wolf Camera and but the first $500 telephoto lens I see.
Anyway, here’s the first. Later research told me that it’s a Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
This second photos is the same heron – I could tell that the only reason I got so close was because he was irritated at me – I’m guessing a nest could have been nearby?
And for some more… starting with yet another flower:
The last two photos came from me experimenting with a shot that had what I saw as some HDR potential at least if I took the original RAW file and lightened up the dark areas. I never went for it because I’d like to buy Photomatix first… that’ll come later.
Any thoughts on which you prefer? Color? B&W? Leave comments. They make me happy.
Note on the blog: I’ll definitely keep doing this if I keep traffic alone as an indicator of success. I’ve almost doubled traffic each month since starting in April – so thanks, all!