Seabirds at Nickerson

I spent a beautiful day at Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York on June 17th 2015 with friends to look at seabirds. I took these with my 24-85 mm lens because my Nikon 80-400 mm is still being repaired.

Common Tern, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Common Tern, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Common Tern, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Common Tern, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Black Skimmers, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Black Skimmers, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Black Skimmers, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Black Skimmers, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
North American Oystercatchers, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
North American Oystercatchers, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015

Bashakill WMA by the Shawngunk Mountains

I went for a trip with 3 of my birding friends to Bashakill Wildlife Management Area, Sullivan County, New York on the weekend of June 6th. The first day we spent by the lake. The following morning I took some lovely photographs of dawn at the lake. Later that morning we drove up Gumaer Road, alongside a stream of the same name; stopping here and there to listen, and occasionally spot, an Acadian Flycatcher, singing Dark-eyed Juncos, Veerys and a Wood Thrush. I didn’t have my Nikon 80-400 mm lens, which is being repaired, so I am sorry to say I couldn’t photograph two young ravens being fed some red meat. Lastly, we walked along the D&H Canal Linear Park. The area is lovely and bright green this time of year with many birds, turtles and other wildlife. I had a marvelous time. We saw 55 species of birds and other flora and fauna.

I experimented with black and white with added sepia tints. Each one required its own methods to get the best result in Lightroom’s “darkroom” for translating to B&W. I aimed to create a mood and accentuate certain details. Here are both color and black and white versions for comparison.

Landscapes:

Close-ups:

Body Parts

I was inspired by memories of an old B&W film Hiroshima Mon Amour (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshima_mon_amour) where there is a small section where the lovers embrace in what looks like sparkling fallout.

Screen shot of Hiroshima Mon Amour, director Alain Resnais
Screen shot of Hiroshima Mon Amour, director Alain Resnais

The ones below are  my vision, which is not so grim. I imagined skin being dusted with stardust. I created these images using a macro lens. The skin is dusted with flour, water and iridescent sparkles.

Skin 7, 5/31/2015
Skin 7, 5/31/2015
Skin 12, 5/31/2015
Skin 12, 5/31/2015
Skin 30, 5/31/2015
Skin 30, 5/31/2015