I’ve been spending a lot of time in this preserve, experimenting with different lenses and camera settings. It’s all about the practice. And the timing. And patience. A lot of patience! And bug spray, as it is buggy. But, Rich and I love it.
I took photos of this teeny hummingbird at a Rutger’s University extension garden located in central, New Jersey.
My sister came over for a visit and to use one of my computers. While she was working, I started sketching the cover of a magazine (the model biting her lip). I used a large sheet of Epson archival matte paper, only because it was handy in a nearby printer. The paper has a lovely finish — similar to a Bristol paper — and the Pentalic Aqua pencil that I also had nearby worked very nicely on it. Why I placed the first image where I did is beyond me; I suspect because it was initially a doodle that I kept at as she kept working. Because there was so much white space, I decided to add another model (the top right) and then another (center) and finally the one on the left (which is my favorite of the bunch, although more so the head/face than the shoulder area). While I don’t mind the color, and I did like how soft the pencil is to work with, I wondered how it would look without the color. I photographed the drawing, and put a Photoshop black/white layer adjustment on it. I’m not sure which I like better. Here’s the result:
These were primarily taken at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in NJ, except for two taken near my home bird feeder.