How Not to Photograph Birds

Well, despite feeling rotten yesterday I forced myself to go out with the camera to our local woods. I decided to go down to the hide and photo the birds, who I reasoned, would be there in throngs due to the frozen ground, and I was right. I didn’t factor in the low light levels at that site, though, so shutter speeds were far too long for good sharp images, and because I was feeling rotten my reflexes were also far too slow. The results are obvious, if slightly amusing! I thought I’d share, so next time you fancy taking shots of birds, you find a good, bright site with lots of light and make sure you’re feeling bright, too.


Where's it gone?

Then there’s how to do it properly. These were taken in my own back garden while I sat in the lounge, patio doors open and a nice bright day so shutter speeds were much higher and I was much brighter, too.

Mum, feed me!

I'm just busy, OK?

Now all I have to do to photograph the other species that don’t visit my garden is find a better spot to bait wild birds with food, get myself comfy and freeze while waiting with lightening reactions when they arrive!


9 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. whollyafool
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 17:21:20

    This is funny! The two “proper” ones are great, though. I’ve never tried to photograph birds before…for the same reason you just found, really!


    • chriscaff
      Nov 28, 2010 @ 17:57:43

      Thanks! I hoped it would make someone laugh. You just need patience and light for birds! Thanks for visitng my blog, and please call again soon.


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    • chriscaff
      Nov 29, 2010 @ 16:10:35

      Thanks Jesse for visitng my blog. I’ve visited your very interesting site and made a comment. Not sure how this trackback works yet…not much of a techi!


  4. randy wornhole
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 10:43:07

    Was amazing that you went out in this freezing weather….I stayed tucked up in bed most of Saturday :o)
    For you not to get an amizing shot… must have been feeling cold and unwell, cos your photos are usually STUNNING x


  5. lailame
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 09:27:49

    This was amusing! 🙂


  6. chriscaff
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 15:32:26

    Glad I made you smile, Lailame!


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