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Singing to the skies

2012.04.07
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Kevin’s been busy doing lots of gardening over the last couple of days, accompanied much of the time a very vocal male blackbird. This afternoon he’d chosen to sit in our silver birch tree and was singing his heart out so I decided to try and capture him in action. I had very mixed results when photographing the red kites last Sunday so I decided to try a technique suggested by Martin Bailey in one of his photography podcasts and shoot in manual mode for once. I set my exposure to suit Mr Blackbird’s feathers rather than the predominantly grey sky and the strategy worked pretty well, giving me a much higher hit rate than last weekend. I can see this is a technique I will try again in the future after today’s success. Thank you Martin for finally persuading me to try out manual mode!
14 Comments
Eiram What a fantastic singer! Great shot, Helen!
Eiram · 2012-04-07: 18:45
danrav Beautiful perspective Helen. I love his little ruffled head feathers. What a cutie.
danrav · 2012-04-07: 19:44
lgnelson It sounds like a very happy song!
lgnelson · 2012-04-07: 20:32
mystic1 Wow awesome capture I can hear the song
mystic1 · 2012-04-07: 22:02
josy63 Magnificence of details, colors... We can only admire. Thank you Helen
josy63 · 2012-04-08: 02:30
lookagain Lots of joy in this fantastic image, Helen....beautiful capture!
lookagain · 2012-04-08: 07:40
Annbramwell How lovely... our blackbirds are too busy vandalising our lawn to bother with much singing at the moment...
Annbramwell · 2012-04-08: 08:00
????? wow, that did work out well!!! amazing details on such a black bird
????? · 2012-04-08: 10:13
????? Congratulations on the result is very nice, my friend!
????? · 2012-04-08: 14:02
Ryana Wonderful captured!
Ryana · 2012-04-08: 14:27
pandka Amazing!
pandka · 2012-04-08: 15:35
iso400 Very nice!
iso400 · 2012-04-08: 17:31
Jarvo Great close up - looks as though it's been in the wars a bit though.
Yes - stick to manual mode, it's so much better to be calling the shots.
Jarvo · 2012-04-11: 18:44
lukesmom Great shot! I was really surprised to learn that you don't usually use manual mode. The quality of your photos made me think you used it all the time!
lukesmom · 2012-04-15: 13:51
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Category: Animals and birds
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Tagged: bird blackbird wildlife song
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