Monday, January 16, 2012

Tinkering ...

Our neighbor boards horses and I have the pleasure of watching them 
from my office every day.  

And sometimes they watch me as well.


Late this afternoon in the middle of putting this post together, I noticed that they had gotten loose.  Concerned that they would wander into the road, The Professor and I went over and found nobody home.  We saw that they had knocked down a section of the log fence.  As we tried to catch them, my biggest concern was that they might spook and start running ... right into the road!  So scary and dangerous!

Fortunately, The Professor went back home, got a cut up apple and we were able to approach both of them and lead them back into their pasture.  We placed the logs back and said goodbye.  Whew!

: : :

And now, back to my regular scheduled post ....

I've been tinkering around wasting time with the Complete Collection of Nik Software that I purchased today.  I frequently use Topaz, which I love love love, but Nik has some nice features that I thought I just had to have.



All of these bird pictures that I shot through my office window
were edited today with Nik Sharpener Pro.


 This little wren was a little fuzzy but that program fixed it up a bit.
Of course, it is still far from perfect.


I'm just beginning to explore all of the great features and 
don't profess to know what I'm doing.



But I'm having a lot of fun anyway.



And isn't that why we do this?  
By the way, 
I loved how this red-bellied woodpecker image came out.


All of these photos were taken within the last week.
It's been quite active at my feeders.



As well as in my trees.
This guy caught my eye the other day
scoping out his dinner in my back yard.


He was just sitting there watching all the birds at the feeder.

Fortunately, the doves had departed.  
They seem to be his favorite.

He didn't mind when I came outside 
and snapped away.

Probably a bit irritated that I was interfering with his prey 
who had all departed upon my approach.

But that was okay with me.

: : :

It's been a nice three day weekend.  
Wouldn't it be nice to have them every week?!

As ever,


72 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

these look really cool! you are the master of 'tweaking' and making them look artful. :)

nice to have you home and snapping your birdies again!

Sylvia K said...

These are terrific, Reena! And you are indeed a master of "tweaking"! And, yes, it is nice to have you back again!! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Misty said...

I would love to sit in your yard for a day. Tons of photo ops.

rainfield61 said...

But if we have them every week, we shall then ask for four day weekend.

That's our nature.

Debbie said...

wasting time....NEVER!!!

my birds are emptying my feeders every day....boy, the work never ends!! and lets not even talk about the expense, it was cheaper to put 2 kids through college!!

Debbie said...

oooohhhh and the photo's are awesome!! i forgot to say that!!

grammie g said...

HI Reena....What a good neighbor you are I have a few of those situations myself!!
It pretty amazing the things you can do with your photos...I have wonder a few times about some peoples art work work and if it is something they really done or if it is a doctored photo hmmm!!
Anyway...the are pretty cool..I think my favorite is the woodpecker!!
Grace

Mark said...

Way to save the horsies. Good neighbor.

Ginny said...

I wonder what made the horses all of a sudden plow through the fence? I'm loving your test photos. My favorites are the woodpecker picture, it is great! And also the hawk, wow to those pics! Gosh, you are lucky he was so tame. Yesterday we were inside and Phil spotted a hawk out the window. I got up off the couch, slowly walked toward the window, and off he flew. And he was all the way across the street, too. They have excellent vision.

ladyfi said...

Terrific shots! Thank goodness the horses weren't harmed.

Bob Bushell said...

Nice photography.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Reena, I just love what you did with the photos. Very cool! I love the birds and I do think your wren is really a Hermit Thrush. I saw one yesterday too. A great bird. I am really glad about the horses, I love a happy ending. Great post and photos. Have a great day!

Jill said...

These photos are amazing! Such vivid details.

What a good neighbor you are. Glad you were able to corral the horses safely.

Beth said...

great pictures. so lovely. i love birds. i want to know how you keep the squirrels away? i have not been feeding the birds because of the squirrels. my parents gave me a bird feeder last christmas & it is suppose to be "squirrel free" ... but it is not the case. they end up scary all the birds away. so i get to see only the birds that stop by for a visit & they don't get any goodies. so sad.

Jennifer Richardson said...

Your photos bring me such joy!
I love editing....feels restful like painting.
Yours is stunning....amazing eye!
And bravo on the apple rescue:)
-Jennifer

Sandra said...

wow on the new nic, these are fantastic, love them all but the horse and his pretty coat are my favorites.

Liza said...

Neat pictures as always! Glad you took care of the horses.

Woody said...

I'm glad to hear you recovered the horses safely!

I'm very happy with Nik Software, they have some nice online tutorials. Dfine can do some amazing things with high ISO shots and I think Viveza does nice HDR. I absolutely love Silver EFEX and find I use it more and more.

Claudia said...

Beautiful shots. I saw one of those big guys taking off with some prey the other day while I was driving. I know it's nature and all, but I sure don't want to see it!

Judy said...

So glad you were able to get the horses back safely.
Love what you did to the bird photos.

Daryl Edelstein said...

Glad the Prof was clever about the apple .. and all the horses are now safely home .. I am not, not, not, not investigating this new NIK stuff I am not .. no .. stop asking ..

Madi and Mom said...

Reena you and the Professor now have a new hat...Horse Whispers!! Those magnificent animals are very fortunate to have you for neighbors!!

Of course I love the bird pictures.
They all, especially the finch and cardinal, like they has frost on their feathers. You are full of surprises!!
Hugs Madi and Mom

Lois Evensen said...

My, what well dressed horses. :) How lucky they are that you were home to take them home.

It's fun to play with/learn with new software, isn't it. I treasure my time being able to do that. It's definitely not wasted time.

Jedediah said...

It's a great collection of backyard birds and the effect of the filter makes them even more striking.

Gary said...

Interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

heyBJK said...

Congratulations on your new software! I like what you've experimented with so far. The effects are very nice! Beautiful photos!

Gillian Olson said...

Glad you got the horses safely back in the pasture, smart move by the professor to think of the apple.
These pictures are wonderful, some of them look like paintings, others beg to be painted.

Brian Miller said...

very cool hawk capture...what a maginicent bird...love the beak color as well...it is just amazing what you can do with pics you know...and glad you rescued the horse as well...

bill lisleman said...

A horse rescuer - good job - Hopefully the owners will fix the fence. Maybe they should let you ride them since they may have wanted to explore a little.

lisa said...

These are beautiful Reena, and congratulations on Nik!! I just love their Silver Efex for black and white.

Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Creative Exchange this week.

Have a wonderful day!

lisa.

Friko said...

Lovely photos, Reena.

I know about birds of prey eyeing up the feeders and my hearts stops when I see them. But they too have to eat! At least they don't kill for sport.

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous captures! I love that shot of the woodpecker.

Andrew said...

Lovely images to see Reena..

Springman said...

I love that experimental touch Reena. Intriguing images. I've learned to love my photoshop essentials, between that and picasa I can wile away many an hour!

Evelyn S. said...

You do such great things with editing programs, Reena! I'm enjoying my two Topaz programs soooooooooo much, but I spend too much time playing now. Back to your photographs: I continue to be amazed at your bird images!

Frank said...

A lovely selection of visitors Reena and some interesting arty effects ... only wish I had the time to experiment!

mick said...

Great photos. An interesting episode with the horses and the apple was a great idea! Hope you continue to have fun with that new photo editing program.

latebloomerbuds said...

This will be interesting as you are the queen of photo manipulation in my humble opinion. I'm not sure how they could get any better, but I'll bet you are thinking a different type of photo editing with this new program huh?

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

i agree. you are indeed the master of tweaking.
drooling over your lovely photos of birds!
xo

Carole Meisenhelter said...

such a lovely assortment of birds!

S. Etole said...

Looks like you are having lots of fun!

Ann said...

glad to hear you were able to get the horses back to safety.
Love the bird shots. When I'm learning a new program it's always a mixture of frustration and fun.

Anna said...

Looks like your having fun and coming up with some stunning results!!! Thanks much for your kind comments at CE and on my blog:)

Joe said...

Now getting the apple was quick thinking. Nice shots of the hawk.

Mental P Mama said...

I need a nap after all that nature and rescuing and stuff. I think a hammock on the Gulf of Mexico would be nice.

Carletta said...

How wonderful to see all this through your office window. :)
Love that cardinal image!

Steve said...

Nice work Reena!!

Barbara said...

I've never heard of Nik, but these are great. I'm jealous of all of your birds, though!

Caroline said...

How scary to think of the horses getting loose...such gorgeous creature they are! And nice shots of the birdies!

AudreyO said...

I live in a neighborhood with several properties that are horse properties. When I go on walks I often see the horses. I can't imagine what I'd do if one of them got loose. Great thinking on your part.

Linda R. said...

Such fabulous photos. I love to play around with my photos also. Sometime I spend more time on the computer playing with them than taking the photo it self..

Hugs, Linda

Rosemary Aubut said...

As always a great post!

edgar said...

I admire your help returning the horses inside the fence aware of the danger.

Your "tinkering" produces really sharp pictures of the birds in details and colors. Beautiful is probably not enough to describe the photos. It's more.

Hilke Breder said...

Beautiful images, Reena! I am not familiar with Nik Software although I use a Nikon camera. I use the Noiseware Pro Plug-in myself for both sharpening and noise removal. You walk a fine balance between sharpening and noise removal. The more you sharpen the move noise (graininess) you get. Topaz Adjust must be my favorite filter for special effects but it can also dramatically increase noise. You made a good start in your tinkering.

Ivanhoe said...

Love your birdies! Now I have to check out Topaz and Nik. Never heard of them :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You have quite a great assortment of birds coming to your feeders! Lovely images, all.

What a good neighbor you are protecting the horses like that. Kudos!!

joo said...

What a great collection of birds! I love the horse as well:)

Pat said...

I always love your photos! You have great views from you office window!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Beautiful images. My favorites are the horse and the first "Hawk" image.
I love using Topaz myself.

Janie said...

TINKERING is a good thing, never a waste.
I LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE!
Your photos are so sharp, and the colors WOW me away.
Very nice posting, you got me thinking…
Is that what blogs do?
Challenge a person to think of more things to do.

Jane

My Journey With Candida said...

How sweet of you and your Hubby to save those horses from what could of been a disaster. I hope your neighbors appreciate the work you went to.

Amish Stories said...

What a lovely view from your office, and I'm sure that inspires you at times in your work. Its amazing what a program can do like you are trying to salvage an image that you might have deleted, but were able to save and use. I hope to see you at my blog this Thursday as i publish the images from my "Witness" movie location tour that i went to this past Sept. The farm is now Amish owned and may never be open to the public again for this tour again! Richard

bobbybegood1 said...

I love, love, love, people who love, love, love animals and who go to great lengths to protect them such as what you and your hubs did. Nice work. My daughter used to ride, I, however, to chicken to go higher than three-step ladder - lol! Birds are beautiful. And, yes, I too, would love to spend a morning, afternoon, evening on your prop to get the most majestic views of nature. Cheers reena!!

Suldog said...

You sure do get a variety of birds. I wish I did. We get mourning doves, sparrows, the very rare cardinal here or there, and I can hear a woodpecker every once in a while but never see one.

EG Wow said...

Hmmm. Nik software looks quite interesting! Nice work!

Sharkbytes said...

Very artsy! I like how you play with the pix.

Pat Tillett said...

I'm so jealous of all the pretty birds there. We have NOTHING like that. Nice effect also!

In this case "bad" fences, make good neighbors...

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I'm so glad you and your hubs were able to get the horses back in -- that could have been a disaster!

Congrats on your new editing software. So much fun, isn't it? :)

Snapper II said...

I find it easier to focus on birds in cold and even damp weather. They seem to slow down in their habits.
Great post.

Marilyn said...

I would almost kill for birds like this in my yard. I have a proliferation of house finches and recently some goldfinches. I love watching them. Oh, and I have daily visits from Mr. Squirrel. I have him outfoxed as far as the feeders but he still loves to play in the trees and drive my whippet crazy.
Love love love your photos.

Pat Ulrich said...

Great collection of bird photos -- the cardinals and hawk stand out the most for me!

Kerri said...

I think they came out Great! Well done my friend!