Birds, Photography, Uncategorized

When all else fails, check the blog

In this case I am not talking about checking the blog to avoid cleaning the house or doing the laundry.  I’m saying that one of the reasons I started this blog was to keep track of what settings I have tried in my camera, what worked, and what I should try next.  Part of the thinking was that I am not good at remembering numbers, so I’ll just consult my own blog, then go set up the camera. Brilliant!

So, this morning I stumble outside, set up the camera, come back in, start morning tea,deal with offspring, take a few pictures, turn on computer, check blog, see that the settings I used this morning, I have used like a million other times, sigh.  Sometimes, I am  tempted to brew the tea a bit stronger, maybe that would help.

I am posting this picture in part because I love these shades of the color of blue.  Not a great picture of the bird, but a pretty good blue.  Also, a gentle reminder to self, try something different tomorrow:

ISO 400 60mm f4.5 1/125



A Contest Photo and Heavy Storms

This photo:

I entered into a contest through my photography club.  It is entered in the “nature” category, so minimal post editing.

This robin

That I could not get close enough to yesterday, was injured in a hailstorm that passed through last night.  We found it, stunned, on the ground and chased it back into the hedgerow.  I was not able to find it this morning.

Perhaps because of the storm, we had a lot of birds out and about this morning. Including a duck I have never seen before and a hawk on a successful hunt.  Busy morning.

My tripod set up caught this blue jay this morning.  It was one of three that were on the ground together this morning.

ISO 200 135mm f/5.6 1/3

The lighting was weird this morning, an after effect of the storm.  So, 5.6 is the lowest my lens will go in the Av setting.  Not enough light to keep the blue jay from being blurry.  Perhaps next time I will bump up the ISO in this situation to get more light.