Friday, November 23, 2012

A Photo I Really LIke

Saw this photo at the camera club meeting last week and thought it was great!

It's one of a series of three by Karen Thompson.  You can see the others here:

Karen made the images with a Nikon D300 camera and a 105mm macro lens.  Exposure was f13, 1/200 second at ISO 400.

The White-throated Sparrow Is Hanging Around

He's an immature male and he's been hanging around the feeders for several days now.  He should be long gone to warmer places - 'cept the low tonight was only +4C, so maybe he thinks spring's coming.  He'll find out differently in a day or so.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fill-in Flash For Better Bird Photos

   Birds make great subject matter for photography.

   But photographing them can be challenging.  They like to hide in the shady spots, but a bit of fill-in flash can brighten your photos, provide crispness to the feathers and an all-important "catch light" in the eye.  That little detail will bring a bird portrait to life.  Actually, any portrait of a living animal, including people.
   If you can figure out how to make a flash unit work with your camera in full daylight, you're in business.  There are several ways to do this, depending on your flash unit itself and the synchronization system of your camera.  If there is enough interest in a how-to-do-it post, I'll do a lesson on the various ways and the various supplemental hardware that may be necessary.
   The above photo was made in my garden with a 300mm telephoto lens and a small auxilliary speedlight on a bracket.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Birds Are Moving Through

Had two new winter birds behind the kitchen this morning - A Tree Sparrow and a big, bright Fox Sparrow (didn't get a photo of him - yet).

   Tree Sparrow, Spizella arborea.  He'll gather a bunch of friends and, with luck, they'll stick around till spring.

   White-throated Sparrow, Zanotrichia albicollis, the Canada bird.  Still a few of these around, but not for long.  They'll be heading south now.

   Bunch of Juncos here, some of whom, with luck, will stay the winter.  I'll try to get some photos.

   The Fox Sparow made only a brief stop yesterday, so I expect it isn't the same one who spent the winter here last year.  I'll keep the camera ready.

Thursday, November 1, 2012