I’ve had some fun in our most recent snowfall with photos of birds in branches. The black-capped chickadee is a bird that doesn’t sit still for very long so I don’t tend to have many pictures of them from our back woods. However I had a big lens on my camera this day and I decided to try to grab a good picture or two for the heck of it.
My husband lets me play with his Canon lenses that he’s accumulated over the years and I particularly have fun with the 100-400mm f4.5-5.6. My day-to-day pictures are typically snagged with a 200mm f2.8 (also his) which is much easier for me to manage without the tripod. I can snap virtually anything with wings from our family room windows with the big lens mounted on my SLR. However, I’ll be the first to admit, it’s heavy and I generally don’t use it unless it’s mounted on a tripod or resting on some other supportive surface. Sure is fun though!
Not that the little bluebird is invisible, but I shot this from roughly 75 feet away and you’d likely not see this guy just in passing by. Amazing how even the vibrant blues and oranges can blend in.
Every so often I get really lucky taking pictures. This cardinal landing on the ground was actually at the bottom-most area of a picture I’d taken. He just happened to float into the view finder as I was clicking the shutter. I cropped him as proportionally as I could against the edge of the photo, but wanted to still try to keep a neat sense of background and have it be ever-so-slightly off-center. These are my happiest kinds of photos ; little surprise easter eggs on your memory card.
Cardinals and other brightly colored birds really pop in snow photos – such a joy to be able to watch and photograph. You just can’t beat the red on white color contrast in the snow.
My husband has the uncanny ability to snatch up one of our cameras and take these really great manual shots of the night sky. I’m terrible at it and I always get way too much motion when I try due to how long the shutter has to stay open. But somehow, he always lands beautiful pictures for me to envy….especially when he doesn’t even have to use a tripod.
Despite space for 10 birds, there’s only ever room for 1.
We’ve been noticing the regular droves of goldfinches clinging to the nyjer feeders as the weather has warmed up, but this one stood out as a new visitor the other week. I’m mostly certain this is a pine warbler.