Into the sunset

I was in Washington, DC and had some time to wander with my Nikon.  I love doing that.  Though I like to plan my shots in advance by looking at Google Maps and things like that, I enjoy the "free wandering" time just as much, because you come across unexpected things, and often times get unexpected shots.  Here I was wandering near the Jefferson Memorial, and the large lake that nearly surrounds it.  Sunset was upon me, and I was seriously digging the light.  I saw that lone bird making his way somewhere, and just loved what it added to the shot.

Just a flamingo staring at me

Doesn't he seem to be staring at me?  I just liked the picture, nothing too fancy or extravagant to say about it. I took this during my recent visit to the San Antonio Zoo.  I haven't been much into photographing birds until I made this trip.  Having snapped quite a few there, I have a new appreciation for their beauty and now find them much more interesting.  It's funny how snapping a few good pics of a new subject shed a different light on things for you.  Of course, capturing them in the wild is an entirely different animal (no pun intended).

Single image, f/6.3 and an exposure bias of -1.0 ev.  Some minor Contrast bumps in PSE and a little Saturation fix in Aperture...and that's it.

Rainbow lorikeet

I am not much of a bird guy.  My interest has mainly been just around birds of prey, such as eagles and hawks. The red-tailed hawk is my favorite, though I have yet to photograph one in the wild.  But that changed slightly when we recently went to the San Antonio Zoo.  There they have an enclosed area with all these lories and lorikeets flying around.  I really enjoyed it and took quite a few photos.  It is pretty interesting, and made more interesting by the fact that many of them will land on you and you can even buy nectar and feed it to them. It's pretty cool, unless you are bothered by birds landing on your head.  This guy just sat there for a minute or so, and fairly still I might add, as though he knew it was portrait time.  Most of the others were zipping around. I guess when you eat sugar all day you tend to get a bit hyper.

This is a single image taken at f/6.3 with an exposure bias of -0.3 ev.  ISO was 100.  I made some minor adjustments in PSE around Contrasts and that's it!