Lisa of Our Eyes Open has asked us to use the editing technique of selective color. Since Lightroom Classic is my “go to” for editing – that is what I used. The process is pretty easy with the HSL Panel (hue, saturation, luminance). I played with the saturation sliders until I got the look I wanted. Here are a cardinal, mallards and bluebird using this technique.
This week Lisa of Our Eyes Open is asking us to share photos of birds that start with the letter “G”. Here’s a grackle, goose and goldfinch. The goldfinch is changing from it’s duller winter color to it’s summer yellow.
Here are some of the sightings I have had recently. The first one is a cute little yellow rumped warbler.
The next one is a mallard resting comfortably on a tree stump
Last – here is a wren who decided to check out our house as a potential nesting place. I guess a photo of him/her should be place in the frame that it is on. (We were able to safely get it back outside).
I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus with posting. We just received a contract on our house so we’ve been preoccupied with all that goes with those activities. I’m sure I’ll have some additional times where I am in and out. Anyway, for this week’s challenge I decided to post this photo of a mockingbird. They are not very colorful so I think the b/w lends itself nicely to these birds.
This week’s topic is birds that have white feathers. Here are my 2 picks for this week:
The first one is a male hooded merganser. We typically see these birds in January or February in our neighborhood lakes. They stay briefly then move on – not sure where. According to The Cornell Lab – we should see them year round on the coast of Virginia – but I’ve never seen one in the warmer weather. They seem shy not coming to close to the shore. This one seems to be admiring a branch in the water.
The second one is some sort of mallard hybrid. We have some white ducks, mallards and geese year round. I’m guessing this one is a mallard/white duck mix – perhaps male since the head is green. He/she is very happy to swim with both the white ducks and mallards.
Here are my entries for this week. The first photo was taken last year and I believe it’s a pintail duck.
The second one is some sort of hybrid. A Flickr friend thought it was a cross between a mallard and a crested domestic duck. It was very happy to swim with the mallards and regular domestic ducks in the lake.