First Pics of 2021

I spent a lot of time over the holiday reading and binging TV shows, and okay, I also suffered a little seasonable depression. I hate Christmas. As a kid, I threw up Christmas Eve every year. I still don’t know why, though I suspect it was from an overabundance of anxiety. I outgrew it, of course, but it left a bad taste in my mouth (pun intended).

There was a time between the ages of forty and sixty-two when I enjoyed the holidays, because I spent them with good friends and the only expectations were to get together for an excellent meal, lots of wine, and intelligent conversation. But things inevitably change. I moved to Florida, and that was that.

I did finally get out with the camera after January 1. There were a couple of days when it got up into the 70’s, which is perfect for walking around or biking. I’ll start with a before/after.

This is the original photo of a common gallinule. Nothing’s been done to it except resizing for space. To see uploaded size, right-click and open in new tab, then click to enlarge.

And here’s what I did with it. Cropped, adjusted curves (blacks and whites), removed the noise, then processed with Luminar AI. That’s the latest iteration of the program. I don’t see much difference between Luminar 4.3 and this version, because I rarely use the templates. I did however use one on this photo. Templates give you a place to start, but I always tweak the heck out of my stuff. I enjoy taking the picture and processing it.

Quite a difference, eh? πŸ™‚ I love taking one of those dark, muddy looking shots and making it pop.

Spider webs are a favorite of mine. I’m always taking pictures of them.

I went out early Sunday morning and snapped this great blue heron fishing under the bridge. There was still fog, which is why the colors are washed out, but I went a step further and desaturated the top and bottom, leaving color only in the center for emphasis.

And this cute little squirrel was perched awkwardly in some tree trunks, pinching its nipples. Or maybe it was only pressing its curled paws against its chest, but I like the first explanation best. πŸ™‚

See you next time.

About Fenraven

Fenraven happily lives in south Florida, where it is really hot most of the year. Find him on Twitter and Facebook by searching on 'fenraven'.
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5 Responses to First Pics of 2021

  1. Beth Baker says:

    wonderful pics to help us all feel better………… well and know everyone cares

    • Fenraven says:

      I’m hanging in there. This last year has been difficult. I’ve been mostly isolated from everyone. I haven’t seen friends for a long time. That pandemic has made everything much worse, “everything,” meaning the damn political crap. So worrisome and distressing. But things can’t help but get better. πŸ™‚ I hope you’re doing well and still taking pictures!

  2. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Happy New Year! Fab pictures thank you.

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