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!


Ghoulish Fun


ghoulish moments



Last month I travelled up to Yorkshire to join friends for a Halloween party. We’re a bunch of pagans who see this time as special, Samhain. The veil between our world and the next is thinnest, the winter truly begun. But we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We spent time just being together, chatting, laughing, remembering those of us who have already gone to the other side. My friends have a great sense of humour.their garden became a magnet for me because of course, I’d taken my camera. Someone brought fireworks, and my hosts had ‘decorated the garden. So today some ghoulish shots that we had to have some fun with. Here they are to share with you. As the ‘models’ were plastic, I’ve found the slightly blurred shots more convincing than the completely in focus ones.


It's cold outside!

Can I have a toffee apple?

The fireworks were quite funny, as some were from last year. We stood waiting for huge explosions and sometimes only got a fizzle. All the funnier after a few party beverages, of course. The party animals thought this next idea was hilarious. As I was taking long exposures I couldn’t see the results until I reviewed them. It’s time we all smiled more!


I wonder what they were trying to paint with light?

One firework that worked






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