Hopless On A Bridge


This is one of the special and unusual snaps I had an opportunity to take along my backyard photographic journey in the last several years. A grasshopper was sitting serenely on the iron railing of the Maumee River bridge.

I snapped this green insect of the hopper kind twice, once, ABOVE, with the focus on him, and once, BELOW, zooming in on the background of the river and the riverbank trees.


Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Graduated Blowups


In amateur photography, a lot of fun can be had in simply blowing up photos in  graduating sizes. It can be an educational process, as well. Sometimes when focus on a subject seems certain, one can learn from a blowup that he wasn’t quite as focused in for his shot as he thought. Blowups can teach one something, after all.

The first picture in this post of a Canada Goose was isolated from the original picture of two birds (BELOW) and blown up to feature him alone.


And (BELOW) are two other blowups in graduated sizes also made from the original picture.



In digital photography, one may easily recognize that focus must be absolute to ensure a focused blowup. As demonstrated in these particular blowups, although the first picture of the two birds together looks quite focused, there is considerable pixel loss in the graduating blowups, causing a loss of focus that at first seemed certain.

A correctly focused example follows (BELOW):



The original photo was taken right through the railing of the bridge, while the camera was focused correctly on the geese. The railing faded out and the geese stayed in focus as the camera followed them. Therefore, the two graduated blowups are perfectly in focus on the geese, as well.

Photos and blowups from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg.


Downy White

A Downy Woodpecker gave me a gorgeous under-belly view the other day, posing as I tried to focus in from the distance I stood away from him, about 10 feet. I couldn’t zoom these photos up too far without losing focus, but you certainly can catch the unusual view of white feathers!




The remaining pictures, taken at different times, are more what one is used to seeing when spotting a Downy; his backside, with the red stripe at the back of his head (squint!).