Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Intricate Details

"Intricate Details"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

When doing macro photography there are so many choices, especially what specific area to focus on. There are many beautiful parts to the orchid, but I chose to focus on the intricate details of the yellow section. 

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sweet Dreams

"Sweet Dreams" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

My extended family and I take a vacation to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina each year. I know just where the swans love to spend their time on the shore of the lake.

I slowly approach them, and they are very comfortable with my presence. This swan was so comfortable with my presence it decided to take a nap. I sitting about seven feet away:)  

Location: Lake Junaluska, North Carolina

Friday, October 17, 2014

Missing You!

"Missing You!" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I go through withdrawal symptoms when these little guys leave.  It does free up a lot of my time though, and I can begin processing the photos I haven’t gotten around to. 

This shot was taken at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in September.  It was one of those shots that I did not work on yet. 

This immature Ruby-throated hummingbird loved the branches of the Weeping Cherry tree.  As I mention in my writings several times, the hummingbirds have favorite perches they come back to time and time again.   

The hummingbird loved to perch in this tree, and a lot of times this branch.  I got out my pop-up chair and waited below the branches.  “She” was probably six feet away!

Using the process of elimination, I believe this hummingbird is a girl.  The easiest way to differentiate the mature male from the female is because the male has an iridescent red throat when the sun strikes it just right.  The female’s throat is white, but so are the immature males and females. 
It is very hard to tell the sex of an immature hummingbird.  Slowly the immature male starts to get his darker gorget feathers and soon gets a five o’clock shadow.  Then is makes it very easy to tell the hummer is an immature male.

I know it is an immature hummingbird by the tan color on the edge of the feathers on “her” head.  I’ll just call her a girl.

I do know an immature male hummingbird also perched on this tree.  I guess I will know in the early spring next year whether it was a boy or a girl by who comes back to return to their throne.

This photo was taken at marker # 17 on the hummingbird Trail at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. 

 Missing you!!

Location: Athens, Georgia

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On Assignment

"On Assignment" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Just this past weekend as I was walking out to shoot, a neat thought came to me....I am "on assignment" for Jesus as a photographer. He just has to show me what He wants me to shoot! I love when He beings to me or shows me what to photograph!

It is always an adventure, and I love the excitement of not knowing what I will photograph next. I don’t know what is just around the corner, so the anticipation keeps me going hours on end.

I saw this Willet about five minutes after I got to the beach. I set down my camera and tripod in the direction I thought he would end up going. Not too long later, he walked right towards my camera.

Monday, October 13, 2014

That's So You Jesus!

"That's So You Jesus!" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I was on St. Simons Island, Georgia for a very brief visit to attend my 30th year high school reunion.  My son had his rival football game Friday night, so we stayed to watch his game.  We decided to drive straight down to St. Simons and arrived around three o'clock in the morning.

The next day, we had a tour of my high school at ten o'clock, so I had the afternoon to shoot.  I did not have a lot of time because our low country boil was at seven p.m.

I knew exactly where I wanted to go - a place where I usually find birds on the beach.  When I got there, I walked up on a plover.  He did not see me, and I did not see him until I was real close.

I photographed this little guy for an hour.  We kind of did a dance.  He would walk, and I would follow.  When he would have his back to the camera, I would get closer.  

In the distance, I saw a very large beach umbrella.  The perfect shot would be with the plover in the foreground and the umbrella in the background.  Plover's or any bird for that matter are not going to sit still while you put a prop behind them, but the thought of putting an umbrella behind him did cross my mind.

Then the scene all played out.  He walked towards the umbrella!  I was just excited I got a half decent shot of him with the umbrella in the background.  

The bird was very calm and did not seemed stress at all by my presence.  I took my camera off my tripod and laid belly first on the sand.  At first I placed my elbows in the sand to brace the camera to shoot.  I did a military crawl towards the plover and towards the end, I put my lens collar foot on the sand.  My camera was about an inch off the ground. 

While the shooting is good.....SHOOT!  I took about 200 deliberate photographs of the plover, and for 30 minutes did a military crawl to inch closer and closer to him.  

While I was photographing him, I either thought to myself said out loud, "That's so you Jesus."  I could not have set up the perfect background with the perfect subject if I tried a million times.  It would have been comical seeing me running around with an umbrella placing it down behind the plover over and over.  But yet, Jesus displayed Himself again to me by orchestrating everything all together!   

I knew I was killing my elbows and knees in the harsh sand, but the pain did not matter compared to the shots I was getting.  

At one point the plover was so relaxed, he laid down in the sand.  He would have laid down longer, but a group of young kids ran past him and made him stand back up.

  I had captured my "dream" photo and was finished with my shoot, so I told the plover thank you........a tradition I typically do with the animal I am photographing. 

I had no idea how far I had crawled in the sand, so I walked out the distance to calculate later.  I crawled over 20 feet.   My knees suffered the brunt of the ordeal because the skin on my knees is now peeling off.

I would do it all over again if the situation presented itself.  That's so you Jesus!

Friday, October 10, 2014

On The Border

"On The Border" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I love going to the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Garden.  There are so many different types of butterflies to look at.  I could not photograph my favorite one because it was busy fluttering around.  This butterfly was kind enough to be still for me to photograph it.  

I love the pattern on the border of the butterflies wings.

Location:  Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tiny Details

"Tiny Details" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

Normally when I shoot, I am looking for hummingbirds or wildlife, but I love to photograph flowers and nature too.  I have to use a whole different set of eyes to photograph the two.  

Wildlife is usually on a larger scale except for hummingbirds.  When I am photographing hummingbirds, I know right where to go, and I don't stop to look at the tiny details. 

I am getting familiar with my macro lens which is a lot different than my long zoom lens.  With the macro lens, I have to decide is a small area what I want sharp and what I want to blur.  

The water of the leaves stopped me in my tracks.  It was beautiful.  I chose to focus on the one water drop and leave the rest of the photo darker to draw your eye to the one drop.  

Location:  The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

I have also started a photography blog with Guidepost on  The title of the blog is, He Created It All.   It is an exciting new adventure for me and a HUGE God thing.  God opened the door, and I was very excited to walk through it.  Click here  to see the blog.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Stare

"The Stare" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

When I am out photographing wildlife, a must is to photograph the eyes of my subject. Most of the time, my standard is to photograph the subject looking at me. Other times, like the photo from Wednesday's post, is to have the subject looking off into the distance. The eyes draw you in and make for a more engaging photograph and story:)

I don't think he's really staring at me but made eye contact while he was preening.  

Location:  the marina at St. Simons Island, Georgia