Having Withdrawn

As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t been around for quite some time. There are a lot of reasons for that…quite a lot! It all comes down to I have had to let some things go/stop in order to try and handle other things.

A lot has and is happening that has resulted in my prioritizing certain aspects of my life and putting others on the back burner or completely on the shelf. It basically comes down to I have had to let some things go/stop in order to try and handle other things. My online print store has been put on hiatus until I am able to give it the attention it needs. We have had some family emergencies with the extended family and there have been some serious health issues that have resulted in one ER visit and too many doctor’s office visits with more on the horizon. Stress will get you if you don’t watch out…and even if you do.

I am soooooo thankful for health insurance but those co-pays – ouch!

We are all too aware of the insanity going on in the world and even if it may be taking place far from where one may live, it has rippling effects. It feels in some ways that 2022 is just a variant of 2020! But there have been some good moments in the mix.

Eldest grandson graduated from high school, his baby brother starts kindergarten in a month and the granddaughter has her first job. We were finally able to visit DH’s family in Arizona which, while a bittersweet visit, was nice. We made it to the annual warbler migration here in Ohio and my new car was finally delivered!

Arizona – Gila Woodpecker

Arizona – Hiking at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Ohio – Magnolia Warbler

Ohio – Chestnut Sided Warbler

My baby β™₯

It was really weird to be back on a plane again; having to wear a mask didn’t bother me one bit. Actually, even booking everything (which was costly) was strange. I had gotten rusty with bookings. Oh well, you learn to adapt or fall behind.

So there you have it. I cannot say when I will post again. It could be in a few days or a few months; depends on what is manageable and my energy level. But in the meantime, let me go see what you all have been up to.

Teri πŸ“·

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Wanting Spring To Stay Put

Lately the weather here in central Ohio has been all over the place. In the 70’s one day and then the next in the 40’s. Heavy rains with strong winds and then snow and sleet. Yesterday we had everything but warmth; cloudy, windy, snow, rain, sleet and sun… all in the same day!

Please Spring, stay put! Tell Winter to go where it’s time for it to be and let the flowers and trees bloom and the temperatures be moderate. We’d all like to have more than a day or two in a row that resembles the day this photo of an Easter Phoebe was taken, although on this day while it was glorious golden light, it was in the upper 20’s. So how about sunny days with singing birds accompanied by warmer temperatures?

Teri πŸ“·

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To Preset or not to preset…that is the question!

I’ve been busy and I’m going to be busier! We took delivery of our new car last week (Bronco Sport) and have been busy with it, especially the learning how to work all of the bells and whistles this baby has! Considering the last vehicle was 18 years old to say that technology has advanced is being shy about it!

So we are busy planning things to drive to with it and will be on the road somewhere soon… I hope. But in the meantime this post is a bit about photography editing as in presets. Do you use them, do you like them, do you think they take away from “pure” photography or what are your thoughts about them?

I don’t always use them unless I am looking to quickly achieve a look on the image without having to go through a bunch of sliders in Lightroom. Even then, I don’t totally let a preset edit a photo all on its own, I almost always do a few tweaks before I’m satisfied.

Here we have an image of a Ring billed Gull passing very closely overhead. I still have a slight phobia about gulls; was traumatized as a child watching the movie The Birds and I haven’t trusted the feathered fiends since! Anyway, both images were edited in Lightroom using basic adjustments but I didn’t like how the gull looked in black and white so I started clicking on presets until I found one that looked interesting to me which is this “cinematic” edit included in Lightroom. It’s not a look that makes me go wow but it was one that gave a look to the gull that I rather liked.

What are your thoughts on these two edits and do you use presets any?

Teri πŸ“·

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Profiles in Duckage – Sir Mallard at Dawn

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Profiles in Duckage – Lady Mallard in color

Whilst looking for one species of duck (which I did not find) I was greeted by a group of mallards that were very used to people and came directly to me in hopes of snackies. They were not pleased with just a photographer and her camera.

Thems the breaks, duckies!

But it did turn out well anyway as the sun was beginning to rise in the sky and bathed both the water of the pond and Lady Mallard here in glorious golden hour light. The water almost looks like it was painted, don’t you think so?

Teri πŸ“·

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Profiles in Duckage – Monochrome Monday

Spring is letting winter bully it about! One day we had 80 degree weather then the very next it was down to the 50’s. We’ve had wonderful sun followed by gloomy overcast skies – all in the same day. And this past weekend when I went in search of a particular duck at a park pond right at sunrise, it was 28 degrees.

This is ridiculous! There were even ice crystals on the poor daffodils but it is “supposed” to get warmer with sun next week. Weather is fickle like that. So here is a female mallard duck that posed for me in the dawns early light. Will share her in color next.

This was not the duck I was looking for…

Teri πŸ“·

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Exercise Program with a Bonaparte Gull

Wings up!

Bonaparte Gull, Ohio

Wings down!

Repeat as many times as it takes to get you where you want to go. Fish snacks are optional.

Teri πŸ“·

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For the birds…Another day – Another Egret

Still on the trail at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge we came upon another Egret that while not as close as the prior one, was still at a good enough distance for me to capture it standing on this nesting area. I didn’t know if it belonged to the egret or not but it did have the bright green breeding color around it’s eyes so who knows!

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled program for a special announcement…

When I first started blogging I was shooting with a Canon 4D MIII. A few years back I switched to the Sony mirrorless system and have been a Sony shooter ever since. I’d like to share with you my first time being on a podcast.

I was thrilled to be interviewed by Sony artisan Tony Gale on the Sonyalphaphotographers.com podcast about how I got into photography, what equipment I use and so forth. Here is the link to my interview.

https://www.sonyalphaphotographers.com/nature-and-wildlife-photographer-teri-dashfield-sony-alpha-photographers-podcast/

Thanks – Teri πŸ“·

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For the birds…

As mentioned in a prior post, I didn’t get deeply into bird photography until the year that wasn’t, 2020. Last year I my interest and skills in bird photography grew. I still have a lot to learn but it’s a fun learning curve. Last year we took a road trip up north in Ohio and did a drive through the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Some weekends during the year they allow cars to drive around the refuge and depending on where the birds may be, you may not even need to leave your car. While that has some benefits, a big problem I discovered is that no matter how smoothly you think your car runs, there will be vibrations which often transfer to you and your camera – especially if you have a long zoom lens even with image stabilization.

For that “problem” I suggest pulling over and turning off your engine and have something to rest your camera lens on over the door or window. A cut pool noodle can work or you can get a photo sand bag to use. I opted to get the sand bag which is actually a rice bag. Rice was cheaper than beans and both are lighter than sand.

One of the first images I got was this one of an Egret and his reflection.

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This was taken from the back seat of my car. It was one of the closer to the road birds (besides the geese that were constantly rowdy) we came upon on our drive. There will be more coming next.

Teri πŸ“·

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