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Being One With Nature

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My first love in photography was nature, I enjoyed sitting out being one and enjoying the silence. I would get to walk some trails, hike a mountain and take in what this planet had to offer. I would also enjoy time alone getting to clear my head, release any stress from my life as I setup my gear and captured what was in front of me. This photo was taken at Celery Farm in Allendale, NJ. You think in the middle of busy Bergen County, how can you be free of craziness, then you haven’t been to this sanctuary. It is a nice piece of land that is a protected environment for all sorts of animals and birds to thrive in. There is about a 1 mile track around the lake and some nice outlook posts where you can sit and take in the nature all well feeling like you are in a different world.

Camera Original:
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Final:
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Gear:
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM at 10mm
Aperture: f/18.0
Shutter Speed: 1/100 of a second
ISO: 100
Tripod: Benro A2691T Travel Angel with BH1 Ballhead

Chased Away

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I started taking photography seriously a few years back and was more into nature photography, specifically bird photography. I found this great spot in northern New Jersey where I could be outside, hangout and be one with nature and practice my skills. Each time I would go I would meet different people and learn a lot about different birds, seeing different species each time. I soon came to find that this location was one the top bird photography place on the east cost. Throughout my many trips there I found one specie of bird that I really enjoyed sitting and waiting for… the wood duck. This shot here is my best capture yet, not only did I get a male and female in flight, they were being chased away from their spot by a black bird, it was a great action shot.

Camera Original:
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Final:
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Gear:
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: EF300mm f/4L IS USM at 300mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/1600 of a second
ISO: 100
Tripod: Handheld

The Peace Within Allendale

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Hidden in the town of Allendale, NJ is what some say the best bird watching location on the east coast. This little gem of an area is called the Celery Farm. The Celery Farm is a 107-acre freshwater wetland in Allendale, New Jersey, and is open to the public during daylight hours every day of the year. Volunteers from Fyke are responsible for creating and maintaining the footpaths around the preserve, the three observation platforms and the nesting boxes. Dogs are not permitted, and other prohibited activities include fishing, boating, feeding wildlife, littering and picking plants and flowers.

Over 240 species of birds have been recorded here, and more than 50 are known to breed here. The wetlands and deciduous woods provide habitat for many mammals, fish, reptiles and insects.

I discovered this place a while back and make frequent trips there for photo as well as just to be one with nature. It is usually extremely quiet and relaxing walking the trails or hanging out in a blind watching the birds fly by and the water sit still.

Technique:
The final image here was created by shooting a bracket of three shots at -1, 0 and +1. The photos were imported into Lightroom for some minor touchups and then exported to HDR eFex Pro for the HDR Merge to occur. I also did some other edits in HDR eFex Pro to get the almost a painting feel I was going for.

Camera Original 1:
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Camera Original 2:
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Camera Original 3:
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Final:
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Gear:
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM at 10mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/500 of a second
ISO: 100
Tripod: Benro A2691T Travel Angel with BH1 Ballhead

Gear:
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM at 10mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/2000 of a second
ISO: 100
Tripod: Benro A2691T Travel Angel with BH1 Ballhead

Gear:
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM at 10mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/125 of a second
ISO: 100
Tripod: Benro A2691T Travel Angel with BH1 Ballhead