As it happens, I have so more unedited than edited pictures. Recently I’ve been doing less editing. If the pictures is reasonably sharp, I crop and sign it, but that’s pretty much the extent of the editing. I was spending too much time editing and being artistic instead of letting the photograph speak for itself.
That is the last picture of the cyclamen before it turned yellow and collapsed. I wasn’t optimistic about its long-term survival and I was right. It didn’t make it. I should have saved its pot.
I know that the reason I did not edit that canal picture was because I wanted the sky and the reflection to be the same color, but I couldn’t figure out how to make that happen. It was a very pretty sky and an even prettier reflection. Unedited was probably my best choice.
The Woodpecker is a little soft and the bridge is a bit too saturated. As for the cyclamen, it too is a bit soft. Shot with a macro lens, it’s not really soft. It’s just a pretty big plant. The macro lens is selective about which parts are sharp and which are “bokeh.” How a macro lens “sees” a picture is not quite how your eyes see it.
The Yellow-Shafted Flicker is one of the few photos I’ve gotten that shows this bird in his (red head, boy bird) more or less normal colors. You can’t see the yellow feathers unless he’s flying and you can see under his tail where the yellow feather are, and of course, he isn’t white but more of a very pale green. The flickers have me very confused and there are a couple of other birds dropping by the feeder I don’t recognize. They don’t seem to be in my book, and because I’m not sure what family they belong to it’s hard to look them up. On top of that, they are small which means they are probably juveniles (and they still have pieces of baby feathers), so their colors will probably change.
Birding can be confusing.