There is a lot going on this Spring in my household. One thing, that I’m pretty excited about, is that there is a robin’s nest outside of my kitchen window. I’m busy taking photos of the birds as they are growing. I use a fast shutter speed setting on my camera but sometimes I still get photos that look like this:
A second later I get a clear shot:
This shot has been cropped and sharpened in Photoshop. No amount of sharpening is going to make that first picture a clear shot. For the most part to get these shots I have my camera on a tripod which is set on top of a few of the good dining room chairs that I have set outside. I have a remote shutter which allows me to be inside and taking pictures. I took a photo of this silly looking set up and blogged about it here. For the two shots above I used my Canon 50D. I also take my point and shoot out when I am setting up my larger camera. This morning I got this shot:
This shot, cropped and sharpened, is my favorite of the day. I’v been using my point and shoot everyday to get a close up photo like this. I have a series of photos of the eggs and then the hatchlings. Those photos I have posted on Twitter and Flickr, so feel free to drop by and follow along with the unfolding story there.
The difference between the two photos, between a blur of motion and a clear shot, is one second. The first photo taken at 9:17:47 and the second 9:17:48. What a difference a second can make.
What do you think? which photo do you prefer? Care to hazard a guess as to how many photos I took this morning between 8:31 and 9:18 as I was watching the adult birds come and go? Feel free to leave a comment or you guess below.