Lot of daylight. High shutter speed. Using the tripod like a monopod and still a lot of un-crisp shots. What’s up with that? About 800 photos taken (continuous-drive mode), 90 workable, less than 15 that I really like.
Actually, when I let my trigger finger relax I noticed that the movement indicator level dropped by a bar or two. Squeeze don’t pull?
Adobe’s Lightroom 4 is amazing. I pulled some light out of the shadows and spruced things up a little bit. Sharpened an eye here or there. Some of them border on HDR-dom — a little stylized — but I like that look because it kind of captures how brilliant and dynamic the birds look to your eye. It also brings out detail in the feathers and around the beaks.
The Bluemont trail in the morning is an alley of light with thick shrubs and foliage on either side. If you stand there and let all the walkers, joggers and cyclists go by you’ll hear the birds. The longer you stand there the more alive the place gets. I saw two different kinds of woodpeckers, cardinals, sparrows, doves, mockingbirds. Lot of plump birds eating berries.
Two large screeching falcons flew right overhead but I was too slow and they can really cover some sky.
I wasn’t able to get the Bluejay shots. You could hear them all around but they mostly stayed up high in the trees and the one shot I had was way too back-lit. Still. Oh well. I guess it’ll just be that much sweeter when it happens.
If you sit or lay down birds will sometimes be less skittish. They’ll even land close by to scope you out. I bet if you had bird seed…
And flying photos. I will get flying photos.
Now I’m rambling. Stopping.