Celebrate the Dying of the Light

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    ...then go gently into that good night.

    This is an evening view of Hidden Lake, in late May just after ice-off. Across the lake, the same two loons I saw last year, had just nested near the same place, no time to waste. I think an eagle, a fox or even somebody's dog must have gotten to the nest again a couple of weeks ago. They have abandoned it and have no chicks. There is no place to properly hide a loon nest on the shore here, so realistically, they need to find a a more suitable lake, despite the fact it is well stocked with rainbow trout. They are flightless now as they moult for the next 60 days, and must stick around for the summer so that is good news, as I love to hear their calls.

    Fortunately, the Flickers successfully fledged their young and they now can be heard calling from the surrounding hills. Dead trees such as those seen standing in the water here, make ideal nesting habitat for Woodpeckers, as well as Goldeneye and Bufflehead ducks who nest in the abandoned cavities.

    Technical: To capture the wide dynamic range in this image, I used 3 exposures, one for the sky, one for the trees and one for the foreground, then hand-blended them in CS5 using layer masks.

    MissusK (Cindy), LAP75, and 52 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. kdee64 73 months ago | reply

      Thanks Frosty, Roy, Darren and Miguel!

    2. Home at Last. 73 months ago | reply

      As always, Keith, your composition is perfect, so are the colours and reflections. Thank you for sharing the information how you created this image. I never heard of "hand-blending" an image before. Thank you for sharing.

    3. kdee64 73 months ago | reply

      Wolfgang Luft Thanks for the visit Wolfgang. Hand blending different exposures to increase dynamic range is fairly common in landscape photography, and is actually really easy to do, once you become comfortable using layer masks. The results are usually better than HDR software can produce.

    4. BN Singh 73 months ago | reply

      Wonderful image!!!

    5. kdee64 73 months ago | reply

      B.N. Singh Thanks so much for the visit BN!

    6. VLADIMIR NAUMOFF 73 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous sunset! Excellent shot Keith! The sun looks beautiful, great reflection. I like lighting a lot on this photo.

    7. rockwolf 73 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning! Love the composition, the colours, the sky and the reflections! Just beautiful! Great to hear that the Flickers have successfully fledged too!

    8. insanecatlady 73 months ago | reply

      WOW a real beautiful image and great info to go with

    9. ΞSSΞ®®Ξ 73 months ago | reply

      stunning place and flat water
      beautiful and greatly catched

    10. *cranberry* 73 months ago | reply

      Breathtaking landscape!

    11. Rudr Peter | Smile to the world | 72 months ago | reply

      So clear, so amazing, so colorful, godliness of nature captured by a true artist through his camera.

      Thank you for sharing this image, Keith

    12. Paul C Bowman 70 months ago | reply

      Just found your stream Keith, really amazing work! I love the light, sunstar and reflection you captured in this one!!

    13. kdee64 70 months ago | reply

      Paul C Bowman Thanks so much for the visit Paul.

    14. Katherine Walsh 45 months ago | reply

      Perfect exposure- how do you do it! Just amazing!! Thank you.

    15. Yures 32 months ago | reply

      Congratulations, your photos are amazing!

    16. TexCalMiPhotog 31 months ago | reply

      Hi Keith, Audubon features your Waxwing photo today as guess of the day. You are attributed. Congratulations!

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