Friday, July 10, 2015

First Visit to Broadmoor

Mute Swan Family 
Last evening, I met my friend and colleague John Slonina, at Broadmoor Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary with his meet up group.  My plan was to help him if needed and also to photograph the sanctuary since it was my first visit.  I was lucky driving up to the sanctuary not to have very much traffic and arrived early.  So while I was waiting I searched along the vegetation by the fence and photograph some interesting creatures.  The most interesting was a leaf-footed bug (Acanthocephala terminalis).  What makes it distinctive is that the terminal segment of its antenna is orange compared to the rest of the body, which is a dark color.

Leaf-footed Bug (Acanthocephala terminalis)
Leaf-footed Bug (Acanthocephala terminalis)

After the group arrived, and we did introductions, John let us down to the marsh and pond area where we photographed vegetation, swans, landscapes and finally when we were leaving a bull frog croaking around the lily pads.  John gave suggestions on how to improve people's photography and was hopeful in teaching how to think out-of-the-box.  His motto is to work on a subject, photograph the subject horizontally, vertically, high up, low down, change your angle of view, worked the exposure triangle.  These are all useful hints.

John talking to the group
The group photographing a subject
Today, I downloaded and processed my pictures and added interpretations of how I saw the landscape.  Some of the photos I processed so they were natural and others I processed in the impressionistic mode.
Feather Floating on Duck-Weed Post Process Topaz Glow
Feather Floating on Duckweed
Black and White Reflections
Reflections Processed As a Sunset Shot
Water Flowing over a Rock Dam
Reflections in the Water Impressionistic Style
Black Duck Swimming
Common Bullfrog Croaking
For more information about John, please visit his website  John runs excellent workshops throughout the Northeast and through the United States.

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