I photographed this Horned Owl in Central Park on November 24, 2015. There was lots of people and construction going on. The owl was unfazed. It groomed and slept like it was deep in the woods all alone. It is amazing how well some wildlife has adapted.
Central Park Lake had a flock of Northern Shovelers swimming in circles – a dance they perform while sifting the water for food. I made a little video; pardon the jerkiness because I was using a long lens without a tripod. Park rules say no tripods.
I made a composite with leaves and a Northern Shoveler. First adjusted basic sliders and, lens correction and detail in Lightroom. Added a graduated filter, erasing where it touched the duck. Then in Photoshop set the blending mode to soft light. Duplicated the duck layer and masked out the duck making it the top layer. The water at the bottom needed a few more ripples. Duplicated the duck layer, stretched it, made it quite transparent and did some light brush work. I brought the raw file into Photoshop. Inserted the leaf image. Moved the duck layer a little. Added vibrance and brightness/contrast adjustment layers clipped to the leaf layer.
I photographed these two ducks in the Central Park reservoir on November 18, 2015. I added another dimension to this set of ordinary images by adding an overlay of clouds making them into digital art.
Little Bufflehead ducks suddenly vanish and resurfaces as they feed. Buffleheads bob around in bays, estuaries, reservoirs, and lakes during winters in North America. Males are a striking black-and white and their heads show iridescent green and purple. Females are gray-brown with a white cheek patch. Buffleheads nest in old woodpecker holes, particularly those made by Northern Flickers, in the forests of northern North America (source All About Birds.org – Bufflehead).
Late autumn plants photographed in Washington Square and processed in Lightroom or onOne.
An interesting bit of news is that a two centuries old crypt was found at Washington Square Park, November 9, 2015: http://cbsloc.al/1I2eTpb. A good addition to a ghost walk. My husband Marc, leads walking tours in Greenwich Village, NYC www.marcvillagewalk.com