I know, I know. 3 out of the last 4 posts have been about birds. But, I've said it before and I'll say it again. You shoot what you got in front of you. I actually thought the shots of herons were done for the year due to I haven't seen them at their usual haunts lately. But, as I was driving by a small park today, I saw a whole 'herd" of ducks and geese on the pond and in between them all stood this heron. As you can see by the look on his face/beak, I think he was slightly perturbed at all the dinner company. But, his being focused on his angst towards the geese allowed me to sneak up on him and grab some close shots.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Got out for an early morning drive today. First time in a long time that I've done that around here. And what happens when you haven't done something for awhile? You tend to forget stuff. I had myself, my coffee, my dog, and my camera. What could I have forgotten? Fresh charged batteries, that's what. I have 5 batteries for my camera. Each charged battery last so long that I really don't even think about it. I just recharge them about every 6 months or if I have a trip planned or something. What I had forgotten was that I've been "snap" happy over the last 30-45 days what with weddings, camping, etc. I found some interesting shots to take at one point this morning and that's when I learned the hard way. I didn't even have to look for a freshly charged one. I knew all batteries in my bag were done. I started heading back home when I came across the guy/gals in the shot below. I was kicking myself. Let's check some of the batteries in the bag and see if I can get at least one shot out of it. I got lucky. I was able to get about 20 shots out of one the batteries before the shutter button refused to "click". This is an example of where you make sure every shot you take counts.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
As a photographer, birds are a great subject. I think back on hearing about bird watchers and bird photographers and I would think," Why? Birds are everywhere. Why focus on looking for them or taking pictures of them?" Well, I think I've come up with some answers:
- Birds are everywhere in the world. When you are short on subjects to look at or photograph, you'll find plenty of birds
- An almost infinite number of species all with their own looks, colors, mannerisms, etc.
- Photographing and viewing birds usually brings you into nature
- Taking pictures of birds is not that super hard, but there are challenges unique to the subject
- You can practice numerous photographic principles while shooting birds
- When you focus on one type of bird, you can really tell the difference between an o.k. shot and a great shot.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
If I would have had a subject around, even a bird, I could have titled this "Sitting on the dock of the bay" and everyone would be whistling and/or humming that great song in their heads. But, it was just me and the morning sunlight. The kids and I made another pilgrimage to the northern part of Wisconsin for a camping weekend. I got this shot on one of my morning jaunts with a nice sunrise coming up.