Monday, September 23, 2013

HDR Of The Day: Water Fountains

Love the HDR effect, I took this of the water fountain and applied HDR (high dynamic range) to it. The result is very catching and so much so that I'm inspired to start a new category of posts entitled HDR Of The Day where I'll feature the best of my HDR photos. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Photo Of The Day: Let's Roam

This dude, Longhorn to be exact was very photogenic. Not only that but this photo looks almost like an oil painting. I love it when I can get that effect. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Photo Of The Day: Halo Moon

Just love it when the moon creates a halo effect in my photo. Tonight there was a beautiful crescent of a moon in the sky.

There's many a famous quote about the moon but here's one of my own. "Gazing at the moon in admiration makes us human but if you howl at it, then that's another story"!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Through The Blinds Doves Appear

I can't really explain it but these birds, just want to be photographed apparently. The reason I say that is because I was sitting at my computer and out of nowhere this morning dove shows up outside on my balcony railing. I thought wow, a cool picture opportunity and grabbed the camera and started taking pictures and the results came out better than I ever expected. This is despite the fact that I had to take pictures through my patio blinds.  I knew there was no way I was ever going to be able to open them without making my picture fly away.

As I'm taking the third photo of the dove, I noticed that there was two. Keep in mind that I couldn't tell this before because my vision was obscured by the partially closed blinds and the narrowness of looking through a viewfinder.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Photo Of The Day: Great Blue Heron Spotting In Texas

Welcome to Smidgen Goop. If you want to know what this blog is all about, because I'm sure you're still wondering, then look no further than this beautiful image. I hope to capture breathtaking shots of our featured friends as I did with this magnificent winged Great Blue Heron. I hope that you'll enjoy this blog as much as I take pleasure in getting great shots of birds because after all this blog was started by birds (see FAQ question 1) so we have to pay them respect every once in awhile.

I just love it when a birding photo opportunity presents itself. One day, about 3 years ago, I was walking to get the mail, and at the nearby pond something caught my eye. I looked again, and there was this majestic crane patrolling the waters. At least I thought it was a crane, until I got home and did some research on the net. Alas, it is not a crane but a heron that looks similar. Then to my further surprise and I came to find out that this was a Great Blue Heron.

Simply amazing because I wouldn't expect to find one of these majestic creatures all by itself and many miles away from it's natural habitat in a lonely pond that runs along the middle of my residential community. This was quite an afternoon treat, as I can't remember the last time I saw one of these beautiful creatures if ever in person, let alone up close. All my years of living at this residence, which was almost 3 years to be exact, I never did spot a Great Blue Heron again which I wouldn't of expected to. That makes this particular spotting a photographic moment to treasure so was very happy I was able to snap this photo!