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Monday, March 19, 2012

Nature in the City

These images are for a new series I am doing called, "Nature in the City".  They were taken on an early morning bike ride along the Hudson River and around Battery Park at the bottom of Manhattan.

A low mist hung over the city early this morning as you can see in this shot of the top of the new Freedom Tower as it disappears into the haze.

In the following images I concentrated on finding scenes that illustrated the rebirth of spring.  These are some of the first buds to come out.  All of them were very, very small.

For the close-up of all these buds I used a Nikon D7000 and 80mm macro lens with a wide open aperture that maximized the out-of-focus background.

This guy accommodated me by posing next to a green bud.  I managed to get just this one shot of him with a quick switch to the 70-300mm Nikkor zoom on the D7000.

I liked the way this sparrow's mouth was opened as it chirped against a backdrop of all the delicate buds sprouting from the nearby branches.  The sky was hazy but bright and lent a delicate white background to most of the scenes.

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