Sunday, December 18, 2011

The trouble with sanderlings ...

Do you ever wonder what to do with bad photos?

Like the kind that come out blurry ... 
which I tend to have a LOT of! 
(I know, I'm not suppose to end a sentence with a preposition ... 
but sometimes it is just a hell of a lot easier to do so!)

I can NEVER NEVER NEVER get a good photograph of these little Sanderlings.
Racing back and forth along the beach,
feeding in the surf on exposed crustaceans.


They even tend to speed faster by as they pass in front of The Professor and me
as we sit along the shoreline waiting for sunset.
Even my attempts at panning (of which I have no talent) ... 
come out blurry blurry blurry!


So, instead of deleting them today,
I played around with a number of different editing programs til I found something that I liked.  
I used a program called Flare for Mac.
It allows me to add effects and textures effortlessly.
(Note the word "effortlessly"!)
My kind of photography!
And I ended up with some useful photos that I could share.

I guess the thing that I absolutely love about photography is that there are many ways to
illustrate and share a moment.




And I guess that's why many of us blog.
To share moments and glimpses of our lives
with people that matter.

Like you.

So

Stay safe.  Beathe deep.  Pause.  Enjoy.

Life rushes by (too fast) just like the sanderlings.



66 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Reena, your Sanderling photos are awesome. This Flare program sounds like something I could use, I am like the queen of blurry photos. Enjoy your relaxing time on the beach and have a great week!

Ms. Becky said...

I think they're smashing. I have deleted many many blurred photos that were a huge disappointment. you've not only saved these, but made them masterpieces. happy day to you Reena.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I like what you've done. Birds are so difficult if they are not sitting absolutely still. I'm so amazed at some of the bird captures I see on Google+ in the photography circles. I think it may take a lot more patience than I have.

Catherine said...

These ended up turning out terrific! I really like what you did with them. Very fun!
xo Catherine

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

You can just see them rushing along!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I think these are beautiful! Great program you found. I would frame any one of these.

Country Girl said...

Just wonderful! I love sharing the moments of your day with you.

Sylvia K said...

I LOVE them and I think your photos are beautiful! I'm going to have to check out that Flare program! Hope you have a wonderful week, Reena! Relax and enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!

Sylvia

TexWisGirl said...

love these! blurry, bad shots turn into art so often at the hands of a master! :)

love to you, reena!!!

Beth said...

perfect. i need a class or two to work on some of my blurry photos. love this. i'm learning a lot from your photography tips. cool & fun. (:

Anna Lear said...

These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing them and writing about your process -- I have many, many blurry or otherwise imperfect images, and I like the idea of processing them to bring out their real character.

Michaele said...

I love your last words of wisdom. I can just imagine these little birds skittering so fast you can't photograph them, and that is all I really needed to put the scene together in my mind. Thanks for sharing.

Lois Evensen said...

Just title them "Jogging on the Beach" and they will be perfect as is! :) Love them.

I'm Veronica said...

I think these photos turned out fabulous!!!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

A fun solution to a technical issue.

Ginny said...

Gosh, gorgeously done haunting pictures, and beautiful wisdom as well! The Sanderlings are so cute, and I can even see a water drop water dripping off the beak of one of them. I can see them in my head now, rushing back and forth past you, their little feet going a mile a minute, and you trying to snap them! I guess they run at the speed of time, but you made that into a visably good thing! See you Thursday!

Kathy said...

And they turned out so well, you could have kept your secret and we would have thought they were supposed to be blurry! Good job.

Brian Miller said...

nice...i think you did well with some blurry shots...the textures give them some zing...i like...

and thanks for the words on my gramma...they say she will be out of surgery around midnite...

Saun said...

They turned out great beautiful!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Lovely post Reena. Don't want our lives to be a blur. You have ended up with an artistic finish.

Lisa RedWillow said...

I loved your post . Each word , each line . The photos lively and so pretty

grammie g said...

Hi Renna....these are just great I love the look ...especially like the first one!!
Cool
Grace

Evelyn S. said...

I LOVE these, Reena! Personally, I'm on a "slightly-blurry-edit" kick! ;-) And like you, I want something simple, so I have Picnik and RadLab. Again...I think your sanderlings are precious. My favorite is the first image.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Nice that you found a new lifesaver for crappy photos even if it is with a Mac. The pictures look like you meant to do that. My wife keeps after me to jump ship to a Mac but I continue to resist.

Ricardo Miñana said...

Beautiful lyrics, Christmas is endearing,
Very beautiful pictures,
These days I wish peace and happiness come to your house.
Happy Holidays!.
a hug.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

i LOVE your soft, dreamy photos...look like you meant to do that.
i'm going to have to check out that flare program.

have a great week ahead!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - a good photograph is one you like. End of story.

Your sanderling pictures are splendid - I used a blurred image of some godwits as the header on my blog - although it seems to have shrunk in the last week!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Bob Bushell said...

Well, I never done that before, I think its a good idea. Brilliant.

Woody said...

I think sanderlings are sneaking into 7-11's and making off with the red bull.

These are really nice effects. As far as panning, I'd recommend a monopod. Easy to carry, lightweight, inexpensive, and so helpful!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

These are amazing, Reena -- but you always have the most beautiful captures here on your lovely blog. So talented! xoxo

My Journey With Candida said...

Reena!! You have no idea what a blurry photo is. You need to look on my camera.

You are my favorite photographer because you make your photos seem like I am there, plus you always have such great words and poems to go with them.

Ivanhoe said...

I love those! I think you did a great job :)
Have a great week!

Sandra said...

yes yes yes to blurry pics and these are grrrreat. you did an excellent job. i have tried many times to get these little guys at the beach, they are faster than the speed of light and we love watching them
and you are right, that is why i blog, to share pieces of life.

annbumbly said...

They're pretty darn good for being bad!

rainfield61 said...

I do think your "blur" pictures are awesome.

They look more like some Chinese watercolor paintings.

Daryl Edelstein said...

Here's my advice .. check the camera settings .. I am sure there's one for action .. sports .. movement .. use that and they'll come out focused .. however your fix is wonderful

Amish Stories said...

I know what you mean Reena as i have the same problem when a buggy is barreling down the road, well fast for an Amish buggy anyway and its out of focus. I try to use them if i could and lie and end-up blaming my camera,lol. Richard

Anvilcloud said...

Ack! Just lost a comment because I am on a strange computer in a poor position -- partially recumbent in a Lazy Boy.

I was trying to say something like, while I prefer to take good pictures, I don't seem to accomplish that. Fortunately, I also derive satisfaction from salvaging a photo

These have been salvaged quite well. They have an excellent mood and feeling.

NatureFootstep said...

I love what you did with those shuts. But from what I can tell they were not so bad from the start. Maybe you expect too much. Anyway. Teh effect you used made them look painted. .)

Steve Gravano said...

These are awesome photos, the first one is very surreal. Great job!

Steve Gravano said...

These are awesome photos, the first one is very surreal. Great job!

bill lisleman said...

I thought they were sandpipers. Sanderling - wasn't that the name of some mediocre comedian that somehow got his own show?
Thanks for the pic app tip.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

They have a great quality to them! I like them a lot! hugs, Linda

Kerri said...

FANTASTIC Post!!
I LOVE what you've done with these shots!!

I am: Pausing, Breathing Deeply, and Enjoying :)

Linda R. said...

I have deleted so many photos of those little sanderlings.. They are too cute. I LOVE your editing.. I might have to re-thing the next time I want to delete..

Hugs, Linda

Madi and Mom said...

Gorgeous effects. These should be hanging in a gallery!
Hugs Madi and Mom

EG Wow said...

Sanderlings are great examples of how life rushes by!

dona said...

For a little moment I thought you were in the South Pole for a new vacation! :D
Love the first photo. Really.

Dianne said...

Your sanderlings are just the sweetest treasures Reena - they would look so pretty in a shabby-chic white frame.

CherryPie said...

I hate to delete my slightly less than perfect photos too. I play around with them in art programmes just to give me an excuse not too ;-)

I love this series of sanderlings... Beautiful :-)

S. Etole said...

Wonderful ... just wonderful the message they convey.

Ann said...

These are absolutely wonderful. That's what I love so much about editing programs. They really can turn a bad photo into a work of art

Barbara said...

Reena, you turned blurry into pieces of art. Love these! Thanks for the reminder to hang on to those fast times and turn them into something beautiful (and then to breathe!) Hope you have a wonderful week full of joy! (I wonder if there's something like Flare for PC's? I have plenty of blurry photos myself!)

Patrice said...

Love your blurry birdy photos!

latebloomerbuds said...

Reena, talk about the ultimate save! These have a beautiful feel to them, dreamy. Gorgeous! Margie

Kristy LifenReflection said...

These are beautiful!! I love the blurred motion, it really tells the story.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful pictures, they do tell a story.

Jennifer RIchardson said...

life and sanderlings...thanks for the sweetness and sanity
of resting here and letting even
the blur become beautiful:)
deep inhale.....deep exhale.
merry thanks,
Jennifer

ladyfi said...

Wow wow wow! Those shots are just dreamy!

I'd love to try out this program.

Laura said...

These shots look great. They show a dreamy movement which works so well. I just love them!

Mental P Mama said...

Enjoy!!!

Arija said...

Ah Reena, you may not have a very sharp shot of A sanderling but the first group family affair is worth a dozen brilliant singles!

Hilary said...

Very cool. I love how they turned out.

bobbybegood1 said...

Wonderful post. Seems to me you captured them perfectly in your inperfection. I think the pics are fabulous. Enjoy! Cheers!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These photos really are special...with your own special touch! Enjoy your week! ♥

Mark said...

Loved this post and my visit here. I think your sanderling shots here are wonderful - they show the spirit of creativity and essence of these busy birds on the beach.