Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Bring Me Sunshine...

So that's it then. Summer's over...

Autumn began with a pre-work look at Burton Bradstock. A bit quieter than I was hoping, with 7 Wheatears, 3 Chiffs, 2 Blackcaps and a Whitethroat, though a nice gang of some 40 Yellow Wags pulled in by the cattle once again. Swallows, and a few Sand Martins, trickled through into the breeze. Pleasant, but no fireworks.

I took just two photos. Here's one. Straight off the camera, unedited...

Yellow Wagtails in the early-morning sun

It's 07:07 and the sun is shining brightly, but low. It bathes everything with a beautiful warm glow, which I love. However, exactly how much of a warm glow is not particularly apparent until I view photos on the laptop and fiddle about with the colours a bit. To illustrate, here is the same photo as I might crop and tweak it before posting on the blog...



And here is the same version, with Picasa's 'autocolour' applied...



I guess this is what you might call a more 'accurate' depiction of the birds, and in some ways I prefer it, but that early-morning warmth is nevertheless rather lovely. I've no idea which version a proper photographer would consider the better option, but I suppose you actually have to know the super-warm photo was taken in early-morning sunshine to appreciate that it shows reality rather than a processing error.

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