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ldanielrod
 
ldanielrod June 15, 2015
Awesome capture!
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debbiesierchio September 13, 2015
Thanks so much, Debbie
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yvonnechristinebannister June 01, 2016
Wow, that was a great capture, is it a House Martin? They move so fast, I have a pair nesting for the 3rd year just above my kitchen window. Well done :)
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debbiesierchio August 22, 2016
Thanks! Not sure of the name, photo taken at Potter Marsh south of Anchorage, AK. Lucky shot. The male was coming in for a landing to breed with the female on the fence post.
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tmlakshmi September 01, 2017
beautiful.voted

Behind The Lens

Location
I took the love of my life to Potters Marsh south of Anchorage, Alaska for some photo ops. The area is actually a bird sanctuary with a winding boardwalk surrounded by houses way up the hill and the Seward Highway (the only road south), and Turnagain Arm; which was called that because when Captain Cook was looking for the Inside Passage, he didn't find an outlet so he had to turn around again and go back to Cook Inlet to eventually get back to the Pacific Ocean.
Time
The shadows were best around 4pm. But, the summers are short with long day light hours. So, I'm guessing it must of been spring.
Lighting
The lighting was perfect. When the sun sets in Anchorage, Alaska it actually travels from east over the Chugach Mountains towards the west and Cook Inlet. Unlike the Lower 48 where the sun is high above us at mid day.
Equipment
No tripod or flash. I've got one of each, but rarely ever use them. My camera at the time was a Canon PowerShot S5 IS. My second digital camera and my first Canon camera I ever owned. Both including the camera I own now have flip LCD screens for those difficult shots. I have since given that camera to my granddaughter.
Inspiration
My inspiration comes from nature, and I have an eye for objects and landscapes to paint later. I'm very aware of composition, natural light and color in my photos. And, I'm constantly looking for photo ops that intrigue me. I've been a bird watcher since I was a little girl when my grandmother brought me my first Audubon Book. Both my grandmother on my father's side and my uncle on my mother's side painted landscapes. This photo in particular got my attention due to the color of the bird and location. It must have been mating season, since there was also a female waiting for him on the railing of the boardwalk.
Editing
The only post processing I may do is in Picasso. I don't believe in too much photo manipulation as in using photoshop. I
In my camera bag
I use a Digital Canon PowerShot SX60 HS now and I try to take my camera with me even when I go to the grocery store or walking my dog at one of the local parks. I always carry an extra battery, but no more than that.
Feedback
My best advice would be that if one has a passion for photography; the light, composition, background as well as the subject matter have to be considered. And, visiting a site of interest at different times of the day to study a particular subject is the best way to learn what is possible and to fuel that passion. I usually get lost in the processing as well to compliment the image that was captured. Always take your camera and be ready for the unusual to appear. Once in Alaska before I moved up I had been taking photos all day at Big Lake (before digital) and had run out of ideas. I was pleasantly surprised when a boat load of ladies dressed up as clowns pulled into the marina. I told them that I had to take their picture and they willingly obliged and posed for me as if on stage. It's been fun revisiting images that I've taken over the years to bring memories back to life as well as sharing them on ViewBug for other photographers to appreciate.

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