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A Blast From The Past – Swan Abstract

I was looking at some old images the other day and came across this one again.

Do you see the swan? So many people don’t see him until I point out his eye.

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1/320 sec – f/5.6 – ISO 200 – 79mm – EFS 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS – Canon EOS Rebel Xti

I met this guy in January of 2013 as he “guarded” his lion friend at the Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend, Ks.  He was wondering up and down the walkway along side the lion’s enclosure and wouldn’t let me get to near. Every time I tried to get close to the lion this swan would snap at my ankles and bite my pant leg and monopod.  At one point he even held onto my pant leg and tried to pull me away!

I have nicknamed him “The Lion’s Guardian”. I wonder if he’s still hanging around there?

Cowboys, Kids, & Complications

More from the fair!

One of the last events I attended at this year’s county fair was the ranch rodeo.

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1/640 – f/7.1 – ISO 800 – 55mm
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1/640 – f/7.1 – ISO 800 – 250mm

Yes, in the dirt again!

Several teams of cowboys competed in four events and worked hard to rope, and sort, and doctor, and trailer those cattle.

The kids even got in on the act and worked hard to chase down the calves and remove ribbons from their ears and tails to win a prize!

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1/800 – f/7.1 – ISO 1600 – 131mm
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1/800 – f/6.3 – ISO 1600 – 100mm
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1/800 – f/6.3 – ISO 1600 – 171mm

The only one, or thing, not working hard was the lens I had chosen to use that night. It seems that it is having some kind of complications and just doesn’t want to focus.

Those complications left me with images that I thought were going to be unusable. The focus was much to soft and  they were going to need a large amount of work. If I could save them at all.

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1/800 – f/6.3 – ISO 1600 – 123mm
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1/640 – f/6.3 – ISO 3200 – 55mm
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1/400 – f/5.6 – ISO 3200 – 154mm

I sharpened everyone of those rodeo shots the best I could using Camera Raw and then again in Photoshop. I used the sharpening sliders, I added contrast, I used the clarity slider, I used unsharp mask, I used a highpass filter, I added more contrast…. Well it all helped to sharpen up the focus but boy did it do a number on the colors. And oh the blown out highlights it caused!!

Yuck.

But then inspiration struck amongst all these complications and I hit on an idea.

After running a couple of pre-set actions, one including a black and white conversion, I had something that I kind of liked.

Well they aren’t the best rodeo images ever created but I think I’ll keep ’em.

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1/500 – f/6.3 – ISO 3200 – 240mm
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1/500 – f/6.3 – ISO 3200 – 250mm

Hmm…. Maybe I need to start one of those “go fund me” things for some new equipment. Anyone know how those work? 😀