I think it’s fair to say that wildlife is my favorite photography subject, yet with the limited gear that I have capturing wildlife images is frequently an exercise in frustration. I cannot hope to compete with all those photographers walking around with enormous lenses who are looking for the same unique angles that I may be after. And if I do succeed in bringing home something worthwhile, I usually have to crop aggressively, leaving me with a vastly reduced image size. It can be very discouraging because I have a very limited budget which doesn’t allow for equipment upgrading (let alone any photo tours). OK yes, I took a couple of trips in the past year, but suffice to say…I owe an enormous thank you to my very generous family.
So what to do to produce images that are larger in spite of the cropping…resize in post processing and apply some kind of artistic treatment. I’m a creative person who also has a techie side. I’m completely at home on a computer and tend to play endlessly with my software’s possibilities. Creative in-camera movement combined with creative software effects of various styles can be a marriage made in heaven even when image size isn’t an issue.
Here’s a series of Great Blue Heron in-camera blur images that I captured a couple of summers ago, but they’ve just been taking up space in my photo library until this weekend, when I threw a few creative effects at them and quite liked the results.