This is about telling the whole story in photos. Some of them will move on to stock and some are just great for Flickr, Facebook and educational purposes.
Let me backtrack a little though.
I’m on a little bit of a stock hiatus. Okay just the photo part. This is because my long lens crapped out on a coastal shoot and I still managed to shoot a couple thousand images and video clips so my friend pointed out that I should send in my lens and force myself to actually get the images and videos edited for stock while I was “grounded”.
That lasted for 10 days. Then I decided to make do with my really bad 75-300 unstabilized kit lens. UHHHHGGGGG……
So now I am telling the whole story of what happens after a big forest burn. (In regards to woodpeckers).
I took a day off from sitting in the gloom and editing photos to get outside with my Audubon group and go birding. I usually get a bunch of great textures while I’m out and this was no exception. Burn areas make some cool ground patterns.
We went out to the burn areas to look for woodpeckers. After a burn the woodpeckers come in for years and pull the bark off the wood and dig out the bugs. In the first year it’s pretty amazing.
While this looks bleak and barren with no life, it’s fooling you. In the 3 hours we were there, we counted over 100 woodpeckers. In some areas the drumming sounded like rain falling.
The littlest woodpeckers, Hairy, Downey and White-headed woodpeckers, have smaller beaks and so they go for the thinner bark on branches first. You can see on this tree that they have pretty much left the trunk alone but stripped the branches.
I have several trees with woodpecker activity in my stock portfolios and they sell sometimes.
Since I do sell a fair amount of bird images, it was great to catch this little male Hairy woodpecker trying his best to impress the little female who was hanging out in the same tree.
Since I was using my back-up long lens AKA “The worst lens Canon Ever made.”, I had to drop most of the color out and only color pop his red spot, because the chromatic aberration was serious enough that camera raw and PS5 could not touch it. Black and white can sometimes fly okay with stock agencies, but chromatic aberration is HUGE on the list of things that will get your image rejected.
Here is the female and I left her totally black and white since she’s all black and white in the first place. She does look pretty impressed with him now doesn’t she?
So, here we go, telling the whole story of devastation, renewal and love in the forest in four photos ( the other one is just showing you some nice textures you can grab in burn areas.)
Be on the lookout for both story lines and textures. As soon as my nice lens comes back from the shop, I’m going back to so some videos there!