A Trip to Bamboo Landing

Back in March of this year, we were fortunate enough to get an invitation to go along with my brother to visit a forestry concession in the Berbice area, the main location was at Bamboo Landing, where we visited the first day, then we traveled onto the base camp at Charabaru where we spent the night.

One of the main reasons for going was to see a Harpy Eagle in its natural habitat, Rommel (who runs the concession) explained that they had found at least two sites in the concession where there were Harpy nests and they had stopped all work in those areas to preserve the habitats.  It is nice to find that type of thinking in this age when more and more people think only of the dollar.

We were hopeful of seeing the Harpy eagle, but not too optimistic, since we had heard stories of people looking for hours and not seeing one.  We were luck, we saw two of them,

TWO!  And then I realized that I am not equipped for Bird photography, I need a sponsor for bigger lenses  🙂  But, as someone once pointed out to me, a

Harpy Eagle

poor photograph is better than none, so I can proudly proclaim that I have photographs of the Harpy Eagle in its natural habitat.

The concession also has its own farming areas, so the photographs in the album on my site reflect quite a diversity of images.  I have already used some images from that trip in previous posts in the blog, those covered monochromes and HDRs, these are strictly general type photographs, no special post-processing.

The Harpy eagles were sighted in the early morning and, as chance would have it, the only way we could see him, was facing due east, towards the morning sun, I guess you really can’t have everything, at least we saw them.

I hope to get another chance sometime to visit the area again, it really is very nice and peaceful and full of opportunities.

Visit the album at A Trip to Bamboo Landing

The Deck – Week 22

On Wednesday last (June 2nd), my friend launched his Blog “Bad Light, Good Light” (http://badlightgoodlight.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/origin-of-a-name/) with a post regarding the origin of the name of his blog. It just happens that the image he used to illustrate the point he was making in the post was one from a walk we went on the day before, and on that walk I took what would become my photo for the 2010 Deck for this week, and it is of the same location as his, although I’ll admit his image had a lot more artistic merit.  🙂
I’ve always been told “don’t shoot towards the sun”, and, by and large, this is usually good advice, but there are times when doing just that results in some nicely silhouetted images that have their own appeal.  What I particularly liked about this scene was the portion of land to the right with the vegetation and the two boats anchored to the left, these made excellent silhouetted areas that contrasted nicely with the mostly clear sky, the low clouds were nicely “haloed” by the afternoon sun and that pretty much competed the scene for me.
I have always been an admirer of paintings by a local artist named V. C. Budhram, his renditions of water ans skies were always impressive, for that reason alone the ripples in the water reminds my of his work.  His compositions, of course, were never like this, always more vibrant, full of life, and far more colourful.
This weeks entry for the Deck: Serene.
on the Demerara River, Guyana

Monochromes from Bamboo Landing

Bamboo Landing on the Berbice RiverI have found that over the years of playing with cameras, I really love the vibrant colours that the default settings of a Canon camera have always had, and most times it shows in my photographs.

Over the years I have come to love doing select monochromes, specifically the black and whites and sepias that you can always find wherever I post my images.  These two types of monochromes lend a different atmosphere to an image, sometimes even an image that has little appeal in it’s original colour state.

Many people take photographs and then decide later on that this particular one or that particular one would look nice in monochrome, while it has happened to me before (and likely to happen again) I usually take a photograph with this particular type of end-product in mind, these two images I recently posted from the trip to Bamboo Landing are very representative of that, they are the only one taken with monochrome in mind and each one was taken with the particular type of  monochrome processing in mind that you see evinced in them.

Beached on the BerbiceThe Black and White Image, was taken just after noon sometime, the heavy clouds and the shadows from the foliage made me think of this as a BW image, the lone tree (actually has some brush around it) cave a nice focal point to an otherwise bland river scene.

The Sepia image was taken around the same time, whenever I see something like an old house or an old boat (almost anything old) I almost instantaneously think “monochrome”, it just goes well together.  When I first started doing Sepia photographs I had favoured the Canon default type on their point-and-shoot cameras, that very very vibrant, heavy on the sepia, but as I learned more and took more photographs, I learned to appreciate the lighter touches of sepia in an image.