April 14, 2018

Blog Post #6300 Features Creatures

It's spring so I thought I'd lead with a courtship photo. Or perhaps Mr. Canada Goose is just being territorial. What do you think?

The black and white photo shows a different type of goose. These come ashore into my yard every day, and I can count on at least one to spread his wings right after he makes it out of the lake.

These are probably domestic geese who escaped from a farm and now live free on the community lake.

As the title of this post suggests, this blog reached another milestone: 6,300 posts. (I started blogging in 2005.) In honor of this rather impressive number of posts, I thought I'd give you a glimpse of my photo workflow.

I use Adobe Bridge to name pictures. I actually described this process eight years ago in a post called Notes on Naming Files.  (Wow, that long ago!) Anyway, once the pictures are in a folder for the current month, I assign them a star rating using the Command key and a number.  One star means its a usable photo, two stars is better, three is superior. Four stars means I've selected the photo and processed it.  Oh, and if a photo is awful, I delete it.

The screen print shows what Bridge looks like on my monitor. That's part of my collection for March 2018 called 4Mar2018.
Here's one of the deer photos from above.  I took it by the entrance to Shenandoah National Park. The next image is from the same group but I cropped it rather drastically so that you can see the second deer.

For years, I would double-click a picture in Bridge and it opened in Photoshop. But when I changed computers last year, I wasn't able to get Photoshop to transfer over. Instead of calling Adobe and getting assistance, I downloaded a free program from Movavi to edit photos. I liked it so I'm still using it. I miss working in layers though.

After I process the photo I save it in a different folder for the current month. 

Another picture from last month is this house finch. Soon I won't have so many bird photos to post because I've stopped feeding them because bears roam through our neighborhood in April. Once they find a source of food, they not only eat it but they remember the location and come back again.

The proud-looking bird in a bush is probably a song sparrow.

The squirrels will probably be disappointed that I'm not putting out bird seed, but they'll survive.



  1. spring is a great time to enjoy wildlife. Isn´t it? Love it all!

  2. I love the spread wings of that goose!

    Congratulations on you 6,300, and thanks for all the information.

  3. Loved it all...that sparrow is gorgeous as are your deer! Too bad the bear spoil the chance to feed the birds (but they gotta eat too, I guess)

    For this week, I send my thanks to you for sharing with us bird lovers at I'd Rather B Birdin'!

  4. Hello, wonderful photos of the ducks and geese. The deer photos are so pretty. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Thanks also for the comment. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  5. Great to know your photo editing process! There are folders galore on my external hard drive, and not organized half as well. Especially as to whether one has already been posted or not. Glad to know another editing program that's free. I'll check it out!

  6. I think the Canada Geese are hormonal this time of year and I think we have a good idea of what the male is after!

  7. lovely photos, can't say I would want bears very close

  8. I'm so impressed with your organizational skills -- and also your use of various photo editing software. I use Piccasa which is made simple for people like me. I keep hearing that it is going away (Google bought it) and if it does I will have to learn something new.

    LOve your deer and I am pretty sure that the Canada Goose is 'courting' ..... 'tis the season.

  9. Four star photos fur sure!

  10. Lovely pictures. I've got so many digital photos that I'd never be able to go back and organize them. It's so easy to accumulate them!

  11. That´s an impressive number of posts!
    The deer just look hilarious :-)
    Movavi sounds very interesting, thanks for sharing.

  12. Linda,

    I think it's wonderful you have such diversity of creatures to photograph so close to your home. You capture each one so well. The pair of deer aren't sure what to make of you but sorta figured out they might be safe. I love how I can see patches of snow behind them which adds a nice touch. Thanks for visiting yesterday. I'm trying to catch up after a very busy evening. Feel free to join my WW linky party found in today's post, A2Z iPad Art Sketch 'P' is for Prince Charming & His Princess

  13. Congrats on your 6300rd post, and enjoyed that peek into your process. I am just a snapshot taker, with my iPhone, and maybe one day I will progress to true photography.I loved the second photo - it was perfect in black and white. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com


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