With the coldest Arctic Outbreak in decades, sub zero temperatures keep even the most adventurous photographers from going outdoors to take pictures.
My husband and I live and breathe photography. Both being native Minnesotans, we have come to expect temps to dip way below zero- so we devised a plan to enjoy our passion for photography even in the coldest of weather. We strategically place feeding stations next to our windows early in the fall and keep them loaded with a variety of food to attract a diverse plethora of birds throughout the winter.
We set up tripods and comfortable chairs inside the house next to the windows, creating cozy nooks to enjoy coffee and record the antics of our winter visitors.
We combine our interest in winter bird watching with our love for photography and use this-otherwise (bone chilling) unproductive-time to hone our photography skills, test our lenses and experiment with the modes and features of our cameras.
We enjoy the challenge of capturing portraits of such quick moving subjects, and often experiment with lengthy exposures and manual lenses for interesting effects.
We try to be mindful of using a variety of modes, metering methods and to even test our cameras built in art filters. In the film era, experimentation would have been costly, with digital we feel freedom to create without worry of additional expense.
It doesn't take long before we begin to recognize some individual birds and get to know their feeding habits. Some of them visit like clockwork!
So why don't you give winter birding through your window a try? You can hone your photography skills in your easy chair...
and you will swear that some birds show up just for a portrait sitting!
Which brings me to the subject of my next blog- "Low Key Photography-Modifying Existing Light in Your Camera"...see you there!