Daffodil – B&W

I converted this yellow daffodil in a recent post to black and white for Monochrome Madness March 31, 2016. I wanted it to have a slight sepia tone and look like an old etching, so I chose a flower with a plain background, intricate shapes, detail and texture.

Daffodil sp. Central Park 3/23/2016
Daffodil sp. as B&W sketch Central Park 3/23/2016

Little Things

I had fun making these while my big lens was in the shop. My Nikon Mikro 105mm is the other extreme from my 80-400mm zoom.

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:

Spring Buds

What a difference a week makes. The park is shooting out pale green, yellow and pink buds all over. Buds and shoots have wonderful shapes.

Spring Flowers

It is Spring at last in New York City. Not a very warm one yet. I photographed some spring flowers in Central Park while waiting looking for early migrating birds. I managed to get a decent photo of a fast moving little Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Crocci, Central Park April 4, 2015
Crocci, Central Park April 4, 2015
Dwarf Iris, Central Park 4/5/2015
Dwarf Iris, Central Park 4/5/2015
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Central Park April 5, 2015
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Central Park April 5, 2015
Dwarf Iris Petals, Central Park April 5, 2015
Dwarf Iris Petals, Central Park April 5, 2015