Sunday, November 29, 2009

Week 31, Day 219, November 29, 2009, Angry Finch


It's been a very busy 4 days with the family.  We've been very busy and we've had a lot of fun.

I didn't have a chance to post my photo for yesterday, so here it is.  I did take the photo yesterday when we were at my wife's parents house.  They have a bird feeder, and lots of bird.  I stayed inside and photographed them through the window.

I like the expression on this finch.

Lessons Learned:
  • The photos through the glass seemed to work fairly well with minimal reflections.  This is a question more than a lesson.  Do any of you photograph birds through windows.  If so, are there ways to optimize this type of photography?
  • Photographing birds in lower light at an ISO of 100 wasn't working very well.  The birds are constantly moving, and so I needed to up the ISO to get a faster shutter speed with the widest f-stop.
Photo details: Exposure time 1/60 sec, Aperture f/2.8, ISO 400, Focal Length 200 mm, 35 mm equivalent focal length 755mm (picasa calculation), Lens Canon 70-200mm f2.8L USM, tripod.

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7 comments:

webruci said...

Hi Steve, This is beautiful picture, I love birds, you done a great job!

RuneE said...

According to some bird photographers I know: Use as fast speed as possible (1/800 - 1/1000)and drat the ISO.

PS You were right - it was a contraption that was much used to hold together old dry-stone supporting walls. It may be 100 years old.

ruma2008 said...

It is the bird which had smart and manly eyes.
Thank you for showing a beautiful view.

Andrew said...

If you hadn't told me that it was taken through a window, I would have assumed it wasn't.

Great shot though. Birds are funny!

darango said...

I like this one. The cool tones makes me think he's angry at the cold weather.

I've struggled with bird pictures in my back yard. We have screens on our windows, which makes it difficult to shoot from inside.

Elizabeth Gilje said...

WOW! Great picture! I love the blurred tree in the foreground and background. It really gives depth around the bird itself. Very nice work!

Aeval said...

Use a polarizing filter. (: They get rid of reflections and boost colors as an added bonus.

This is a beautiful picture though, I couldn't tell it was through glass either. I wish we had such beautiful birds here.