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He’s So Shy   6 comments

He's So Shy


With apologies to The Pointer Sisters.

“When I first saw him standin’ there
I wanted to speak but did not dare
Something inside whispered to me
You’d better move in carefully.

By the end of the summer, we get to know our Carolina Anoles pretty well. There are those that like to hang out on the string beans; those who frequent the vines covering our garden gate; or in this case, our guardian of the back deck. This one can often be seen scouting for delicious bugs, and is the same one featured in my previous image, “I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues.”

This night, after a(notherdamn) rainfall, our buddy was seen slinking his way across wet blades of lemongrass. He had been looking right at the camera, and at the last second… well, he’s shy.


Sony NEX-7 with 55-210 lens, f/8, 180s, ISO 1600. Initial toning using Photoshop CC’s “Color Lookup” filter. Further mods with Nik Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro

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One More for the Rhode Island Red   5 comments

One More for the Rhode Island Red


C’mon, face it… Sometimes you just gotta scratch.

This is the final chicken image for a while, after All Natural Chicken and Jailbreak!. These little birds are challenging to photograph, so many of the shots from that day didn’t turn out well. The girls rarely stand still, and when they peck and scratch for food, they move incredibly fast, making a sharp capture almost impossible. And it started raining heavily… Some shoots just don’t go as planned.

I’ll look forward to getting out for more landscape images, soon. It’ll seem easy after chasing these kids around the lawn.

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Redneck Topiary   6 comments

A forest line covered in kudzu, in rural North Carolina

Redneck Topiary -- © 2011 Rob Hanson Photography, All Rights Reserved

The other day, we were cruising around some back roads when we ran into this stunning display of ‘Redneck Topiary.’ Can you spot the pretty elephant?

Let’s see: Soybeans in the foreground, oak forest in the background, and everything along the edge is covered in kudzu. Kudzu, a vine plant imported from the Far East, has been called, “The Vine That Ate The South.” Sure, it probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but killing or controlling the overgrowth is nearly impossible. If you stand still for about an hour, the vines would likely wrap around your ankles.


For those following the story of Grace, she dropped her bunny seeds into the den in the hay bale a few days ago. I’ll have to check to see how long the little ones den up before they come out for their final feeding.  Grace tends to call them out of the nest for one last home-cooked meal before sending them out on their own. It’s always a delight to watch the kids foray out for their first trip into the big world. It’s both comical and chaotic.


And a special thanks to all my friends who gave my HDR Processing Techniques tutorial a bump last week. The response has been incredible, with many new views and countless new subscribers to my YouTube channel. Consider that the hour-long video is absolutely free and contains a few tips and tricks that many have found useful, I just wanted to get the word out about its presence, and you all came through for me.  Many, many thanks!

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Work the Camera, Baby!   9 comments

An extreme closeup of a turtle after she deposited eggs in our backyard.

Work the Camera, Baby!

Shortly after taking the picture of the turtle and hare featured in It Really Happened, I decided to get a closeup shot of the slower of the two. Getting brackets of the rabbit were difficult… they’re kinda skittish.

The best thing about HDRing this turtle is that she didn’t move much, and didn’t seem to mind the camera being so close. It’s very likely that she had just deposited a clutch of eggs near the deck, and was simply exhausted. Still, she worked the camera like a pro.

To get this shot, I mounted the camera upside down on a reversed tripod, hovering just over the grass. I used the Nikkor 18-105 lens at 105mm f/6.3 so that I didn’t disturb her too much and fired off 9 exposures using the Promote Control. Post-processing involved Nik Color Efex Pro, Alien Skin Bokeh, and other bit crushers.

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