I took my camera for a walk along the river yesterday. When I got back I uploaded the photos to my computer. I store my image files in folders for each month and was a little surprised to see that I have no folder for November 2018.
I went down to Denso Marston Nature Reserve. It was after 2 o’clock and the Sun was already lowish in the sky so I knew I wouldn’t have long to take photos with my long lens before it got too dark for hand held shots.
The river was quite high and fast and making a bit of noise but quite a few birds could be heard. Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Greenfinch and Blue Tit like the one above.
This female Chaffinch posed for a second showing that its legs have not been affected much by what is probably Fringilla papillomavirus.
What I was very pleased to see though was a Common Dipper. This was a little further up river from Denso – near the back of Charlestown Cemetery.
This canoe was trapped in the trees across the other side of the river. I did scan the area to see if there were any paddles or bodies around. I assume it had been washed down river. I later saw two men high up on the river bank. They were going to try to get to the canoe.
A little further on I decided it was getting a bit too dark for long lens wildlife photography so I took this photo looking up-river towards Shipley and then headed home.
This is a quick note of how to apply image sharpening to the “edges” of an image. One reason for creating this post is so that I have somewhere to find the steps involved when I need them. The steps described are for GIMP. It is likely that you can follow a similar process in other image editing software. It might already be part of how sharpening is done in other application.
Sharpening is usually one of the last things you do to an image before saving it.
With the image loaded into GIMP
Create a duplicate layer.
Apply sharpness to the duplicate layer. Feel free to apply more sharpness that you normally would.
Add a layer Mask to the duplicate but select “Grayscale copy of layer” as you do it.
Right click on the layer mask and select “Show Layer Mask”
Go to “Filters” > Edge-Detect > Edge > OK (I haven’t seen any benefit from making any selections from the Edge dialogue)
While viewing the layer mask go to Colors > Curves and pull “darks” down and “lights” up. i.e. increase the contrast. Part of the idea here is to make areas where you don’t need to apply sharpening black. If you do apply sharpening to some of these areas they can get “pixelly”.
If there are areas you don’t want or need to apply sharpening you can paint those areas black on the layer.
Go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur and apply a small amount of blurring to spread the area that the sharpening will be applied over.
Return to the image i.e. no longer show the layer mask. Right click on the layer mask and un-check “Show Layer Mask”.
Adjust the opacity of the duplicate if required to give you the image you want.
Right click on the duplicate and Merge down to a single image.
Save the file. Go to File > Overwrite…
When I have more time I might add some screenshots of this process.
With the trees and houses around our garden we only seem to get sunshine on part of our Buddleia at a time during this time of year but when we do it can suddenly get busy with butterflies – I guess it isn’t called Butterfly Bush for nothing.
During one sunny interval yesterday I managed to count 9 Red Admiral on the bush at one time. There were probably others that I didn’t spot.
The Red Admirals still have to share it with other flying insects like this Bee Hoverfly.
Some of them looked very fresh with no creases on their wings. This one just has a few on its right wings.
This one has a rather ragged left wing but it was nowhere near the worst.
The wings of butterflies are beautiful and to see them on flowers or flitting about in sunlight is great. But I get a bit uncomfortable when looking closely at their heads. It always looks as though there is one dark spot on the eye looking straight at you.
As usual the images are on Flickr and you can see a couple of other photos within the album.
Today was quite pleasant and I made use of the reasonable sunshine to go up onto Baildon Moor. There should be a few passage migrants but I think the wind was in the wrong direction for them.
One of the first things I saw was a Redkite. As usual it drifted effortlessly past and a few seconds later was a dot over towards Shipley Glen.
Quite a few Meadow Pipits were still flitting around as were flocks of Goldfinch still feeding on the seed heads of the thistles in the field near the path leading down to Golcar Farm.
Further round near the tree plantation before the huts were a few small birds flitting between the bushes by the wall into the bracken. They were calling not singing so I wasn’t quite sure whether they were Willow Warblers of Chiffchaffs. Fortunately I managed to get this shot and decide that it was a Chiffchaff. The call didn’t have the extra half syllable on the end so hopefully I will know in future.
Several times I saw a Kestrel hovering over the grassy areas but always too far away to get a photo. But then all of a sudden one was above me. The header images shows it scratching its ear.
Over the afternoon clouds kept forming and then disappearing. Some of them let rain fall but only for a few seconds. When the clouds cleared the sky seemed to be criss crossed with vapour trails. At one point it looked as though you could play celestial tic-tac-toe.
Click on an image to see it in the album on flickr. There are a few other photos in the album.