365-223 Tweet

A tweeter not a Twitter. In past posts I mentioned that I am generally not a nature photographer, in the wildlife sense. Sure I shoot flowers and the occasional landscape but shooting animals is not ny forte. First of all, I don’t have the gear for it. Shooting birds, for instance, takes some big telephoto lenses and lots of patience to get a quality image. I only have a normal zoom telephoto that is sharp enough but not particularly fast enough, especially when the light levels are somewhat low. Birds need fast shutter speeds.

Anyhow, I found myself surrounded by little yellow song birds the past few days and I attempted a few shots whenever I could. They are quick-moving birds and I really couldn’t wait for them to get used to me so most of the shots I did get aren’t super close. That’s OK with me because I’m not really interested in taking a bird portrait. I like the idea of showing a bird in its enevironment. If I can get some kind of artful composition out of it, all the better. This shot is one of the better ones I got today. I believe this is an American Goldfinch. I have one with the bird in profile but I liked this one where it’s looking at the camera. Pentax K20D, DA55-300.

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Spot of Yellow


  One thought on “365-223 Tweet

  1. August 12, 2011 at 7:52 am

    this is a lovely photo: the bright yellow finch against the blurred, green background makes the bird stand out.

    • August 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks. The little buggers are hard to capture.

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