Natural Art: The Photography of Brad Hill

 
Reflections on Nature

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In the Field

Reflections on Nature. Findlay Creek region, East Kootenays, BC. July 1, 2010 (processed from raw in 2015).

This image languished in raw form on my hard-drive for a little under 5 years before I got around to processing it. Hey...I'm a busy guy! ;-)

This image capture (and the rendering here is very true to the scene and involved almost no Photoshop manipulation other than flipping it over vertically) was one of those fun ones where you're focused super hard on something else when suddenly (and literally) "poof" - a beautiful scene pops out right in front of you. At the time was sitting on the edge of a large pond under a camouflaged sheet, and was trying to capture images of several different species of waterfowl. Seconds before I clicked the shutter here I was following a Barrow's Goldeneye along the far side of the pond with my 600mm f4 lens. The duck - which I was locked onto with my AF system - quietly slipped under the water and my lens instantly tried to re-focus (because the subject that it was focused on disappeared). In a millisecond this scene (in upside-down fashion) snapped into focus. I recall thinking "wow...that's beautiful" before quickly snapping off a series of shots.

For those struggling to "see" this scene - it's a reflection of a single tree along a mostly grassy shoreline (with a few small bushes not far from the trunk of the tree). The magenta streaks in the immediate foreground are dead reeds along the shore-edge. The nearly vertical "brushstrokes" were supplied by a series of minor ripples in the water (and were not added by special-effect filters in Photoshop).

Some may enjoy using this one as a calming desktop image - so here's a higher resolution version (2400 pixel version) of it for you:

Reflections on Nature: Download 2400 pixel image (JPEG: 0.9 MB)

NOTE: This image - in all resolutions - is protected by copyright. I'm fine with personal uses of it (including use as desktop backgrounds or screensavers on your own computer), but unauthorized commercial use of the image is prohibited by law. Thanks in advance for respecting my copyright!

Behind the Camera

Reflections on Nature. Findlay Creek region, East Kootenays, BC. July 1, 2010 (processed from raw in 2015).

Digital Capture; Compressed RAW (NEF) 14-bit format; ISO 800.

Nikon D3s paired with Nikkor AF-S 600mm f4 VR supported on Gitzo 1348 tripod with Wimberley head (loosened off). VR on and in normal mode.

1/160s @ f5; -0.67 stop compensation from "recommended" matrix-metered exposure setting.

At the Computer

Reflections on Nature. Findlay Creek region, East Kootenays, BC. July 1, 2010 (processed from raw in 2015).

RAW Conversion to 16-bit TIFF, including first-pass/capture sharpening and slight colour tweaking using Phase One"s Capture One Pro 8.

Further digital corrections on resulting 16-bit TIFF files using Adobe's Photoshop CC 2014. Photoshop adjustments included flipping the scene 180° vertically, selective colour saturation and desaturation, slight exposure tweaking, minor contrast adjustment, and sharpening for web output.

Conservation

Reflections on Nature. Findlay Creek region, East Kootenays, BC. July 1, 2010 (processed from raw in 2015).

Ten percent of the revenue generated by this image will be donated to Raincoast*.

Species Status in Canada**: Not applicable.

*The Raincoast Conservation Society (and Foundation) is an effective and efficient organization that has been fighting for protection of this unique habitat. If you are looking for a meaningful way to contribute to the conservation of this amazing ecosystem, Raincoast will provide maximal "bang" for your conservation dollars.

**as determined by COSEWIC: The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada