Singing to the skies

by Helen Hooker April. 07, 2012 6635 views

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 [martinbaileyphotography.com] 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!

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Lukesmom 5 years, 6 months ago

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!

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Jarvo Laysell 5 years, 6 months ago

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.

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Mimmo Mallamo 5 years, 6 months ago

Very nice!

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Pandka 5 years, 6 months ago

Amazing!

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Sandra Vermeulen 5 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful captured!

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Ann Garratty 5 years, 6 months ago

How lovely... our blackbirds are too busy vandalising our lawn to bother with much singing at the moment...

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Marsha 5 years, 6 months ago

Lots of joy in this fantastic image, Helen....beautiful capture!

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Josy 5 years, 6 months ago

Magnificence of details, colors... We can only admire. Thank you Helen

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tom 5 years, 6 months ago

Wow awesome capture I can hear the song

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Larry Nelson 5 years, 6 months ago

It sounds like a very happy song!

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 5 years, 6 months ago

What a fantastic singer! Great shot, Helen!

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