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Going Outside?

I knew I was going to have to go outside, despite the snow and freezing rain.  But before I did that this morning I set up my camera in a window by the bird feeders.  Here is one of my visitors:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/9 1/250

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/9 1/250

In order to get this shot I am using my tripod and remote shutter.  That way my camera can be close to the window to eliminate glare, but I am not there scaring away the birds.  I used the live view function on my camera which allowed me to see what I was going to take a photo of.  In this case I have also increased my ISO because despite the light of the snow, it was a bit dark.

Once I had this shot, I edited it in Photoshop.  I will show you the original at the bottom of this post, but I started my editing in Bridge and used Camera Raw to adjust the exposure and clarity.  Then I opened the photo in Photoshop and did a levels adjustment and some sharpening.  I also cropped the image. Here is the original:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/9 1/250

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/9 1/250

As you can see from the snowflakes on the bird, it was actively snowing.  It stopped shortly after so off I went to clear the walk. Hope you are warm wherever you are!


This post was written in response to Daily Prompt: The Outsiders.


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      • For most of the way there’s a cycle path that’s separated from the main road, but on some parts it’s just a tiny bicycle lane on the edge of the road. The most scary part is, of course, the tiny lane when you’re practically riding in the traffic with the cars.
        The fact that the snow is falling makes it even more difficult because of the lack of proper balance when riding on snow. The clothes is nothing to worry about: I’m dressed for winter. Yesterday I actually had to stop and open my jacket because I was way too warm!


      • I have that issue (about bike paths) here too. There are some, but then there are other places where you have to share the road and the road is quite narrow. That makes me quite nervous. I usually just am out biking for fun, so I just go at times when there is less traffic, but there are many commuters I see through my neighborhood and I am nervous for them. I guess just be careful 🙂


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