Saturday, December 29, 2007

Go away. I'm eating.





Dave at Around Anchorage suggested sprinkling birdseed in my lap as a work-around for getting close up shots of birds without an SLR camera and telephoto lens. Jo didn't exactly follow that procedure when she took this photo, but she did manage to keep the distance between camera and bird to a minimum by stationing herself inside the house only 18" or so away from the feeder hanging outside. Then, she patiently waited for an unsuspecting subject. Patience and persistence paid off, I think. What I cannot figure out is how she managed to use a flash without getting a reflection off the glass.
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8 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

It is a good shot. The detail in the eyes is very good. It is hard to even see their eyes because they are dark and the background around them is also dark. In this instance the flash must have lit them up as they both shine like jewels. Nice shot. Yes, patience does pay off. I have waited hours for a chance to take a shot of a specific bird and it usually pays off but sometimes the hours last for days at a time until the bird returns several days later.

lisa said...

Great shot, regardless of circumstances!

cathy said...

The Chickadee is really pretty. I like the bird feeder too.

Lana Gramlich said...

Awesome shot!

Dave said...

That is an awesome shot. I think Jo's a little more patient than me. How did she not get any flash reflection? She's got secrets.

Marvin said...

Thanks to everyone for their kind words.

I think she does have secrets, Dave. When Jo first told me that she'd taken a photo through the glass using the flash, I thought she was mistaken -- like the flash didn't actually go off -- though I certainly didn't say so out load. However, the shadows at the rear of the feeder clearly indicate that a flash was used. I dunno.

Mary said...

My love of Chickadees must not be strong enough. Patience is not a virtue of mine.

Jo did good!

Marvin said...

Thanks, Mary.

Could it be that being married to me for the past 34 years has forced Jo to develop a level of patience well beyond that found in the average mortal human?