Monday, April 20, 2009

Don't stick your head in the sand


Bird seed works just as well.

Yesterday was the first beautiful day we have had in what seems like eternity but maybe it was only a month or so.  Who can remember?  I took out my camera with a zoom lens and a tripod to take bird pictures.  I plunked down a chair and set it all up.  Seeing the beautiful bird pictures that MyWorld and SkyWatch bloggers have posted has been inspiring.  So, there I was all set up, patiently waiting and no birds.  I realized there was no seed in the feeders which might have explained why the birds weren't there.  I filled up those babies and in came the birds.  I set my camera for sunny f16 just like the book told me to do and snapped away.  Most of my pictures were very disappointing.  I went back out and tried some different settings.  Still not much luck.  In total frustration I gave up and went inside.  I swear pictures come out better when I don't try so hard.  Maybe I'll just stick my head in the bird seed.

For some of those inspiring pictures by people who know how to use their camera equipment, check out MyWorldTuesday.  Any birders who want to leave helpful hints, please do.  Really.  Please.

19 comments:

Mary Elizabeth said...

But still it is a great shot.
Some times it happens to me as well, try hard and no good photo, just snap and there is the great snap.
Thanks for sharing have a great week.
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Tranquility said...

What a fun photo - I love how they have their heads stuck so far into the feeder!

Janie said...

I think that's a great photo, with the birds all hiding their heads in the feeder.
I'm no help with hints. A 4X zoom just isn't any good for bird photos. Must get a better camera.

Erin said...

this is a great capture...love how their little heads are swallowed up by the feeder ^..^
i am working on perfecting my bird shots...i shoot from inside the house with a zoom...some times they come out ok (in my opinion) and other times so-so.
thanks for sharing with us.

Leedra said...

Like their heads all in the feeder at the same time.

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B Squared said...

It really is a very nice capture.

SandyCarlson said...

Great shot. I love this. Don't know a thing about birds, though!

Martha said...

It's a great shot. I just figure it I take enough pictures a few will come out well. It's a lot cheaper with digital.

Ebie said...

Very nice post, makes me giggle!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

The shot you posted is great. Maybe you a little hard on yourself.

ewok1993 said...

Oh great shot. I think the best shot today.

Barb said...

How cute and funny - your seed seems to be a hit!

Gaelyn said...

Do not hide your head. I always have problems with birds, but only have a P&S. It's a good capture.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

What a funny blog write. The birds came alright! You problematize too much with your good camera. I can't complain much with my humble digicam which is no longer working so I'm going back to the basic: disposable camera. Cheap and easy to use! lol.

Elisabeth's bright side said...

Dear me, don't be so hard on your self, this picture sure was a hit. I couldn't help laughing when this post got up on my screen. I really appreciate pictures like this. We can find them in the heap of pictures we are about to discard. Sometimes one have to zoom in to find the story. Thank you for showing yhis!

Baruch said...

Haha - they're not even aware that you are snapping them. Great picture!

Reader Wil said...

I don't see what's wrong with your photo! It's great!! All birds busy eating from the feeder make such a wonderful sight! Thanks for your visit! Have a great week!

Arija said...

Allthough I have a tripod, to date I have photographed everything hand held. You are quite right, so often the spontaneous picture turns out to be the best. Nice shot anyway.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

LOL what's wrong with it?! A great timed shot and I have never seen a birdfeeder like that before!