NewCamera Radio Remote Success

I put something on my Christmas list this year. I must have been good because Santa brought it for me. I had a remote trigger for my shutter release. A cheap one which worked fine. Until I wanted to use it outside. I then found out it was infra-red and affected by light levels. In fact it didn’t work in bright light so I could do what I’d been aiming for. Birds photography, from a distance. There were two reasons for this. 1/If I was there, behind the camera, given the lenses I have, I was too close and the birds wouldn’t come down. 2/I’m old and it’s cold. I wanted to sit indoors, watch the birds AND get some close up shots.

My new radio controlled remote shutter release does the job nicely. I can point and shoot anything that lands on the feeder I’ve set it for. I turned the ‘beep’ off so I wouldn’t spook my feathered friends, sat back and watched from my conservatory, and presses the trigger. Results! At last. Here are a few of my earliest attempts with my new kit.


Great Tits,Taken Using My New Radio Remote


Another Great Tit


Blue Tit

Of course, the focus can’t be perfect as I’m not stood over the camera, so I have to preset that. I also have to preset exposure time, so if the light was to change dramatically I’d have to go back out and adjust camera settings. But I can use a continuous shooting mode setting on the remote, and simply keep shooting, then cherry pick which images don’t work and which do. Thank goodness for digital cameras.

My next experiment will involve putting food in a more natural spot so I don’t have metal feeders in the image. I also want to capture some of the ground feeders, which I suspect will be a little more difficult, and I’m already anticipating the wildlife in my pond and insect life such as butterflies in the summer. If I can find a spot to focus on with a reasonable chance of success, such as a popular flower, I will try, as butterflies tend to go if they sense you approaching them. A remote would again allow me to get much closer. I’ll let you know how I go.



What Do You Want To Focus On?

This morning’s heavy rain has prevented any attempts at capturing the birds in my garden, but hasn’t stopped me getting out my camera. I found a little twig, fallen from my crab apple yesterday, and despite the cold and gloom, the lichen made me smile. Thriving there on that broken twig the lichen, happy in all the damp, it gave me a different perspective. Out there in the world, you can focus on the negatives, the pain and suffering, the cruelty and neglect, or you can look for the good, the colourful, the helpful and worthwhile. The photo of that is on my Earth And Hearth blog, which I set up to record developments in my new life and home some four years ago.

I set up my Nikon with a couple of extension tubes, added extra lighting and mounted my radio-remote shutter release. Then I spent some time bent over the little twig and my camera. Such beauty in something so small. Perfectly formed it goes about its business of reproducing quietly and without a fuss. We could learn a lot from lichen. It isn’t a plant or an animal. It’s not that simple. It’s a symbiotic relationship between an algae and a fungus, and sometimes a cyanbacteria. They live together in harmony, dependant on each other. They are different but get on perfectly well and help each other to thrive. How I wish humans could do that instead of trying to destroy each other!

My partner bought me flowers yesterday, and they brightened up my lounge and my heart. So I put one of those flowers in front of the macro. I turned it around and over, looking at it from all angles, looking for the beauty in the detail of that one small flower. Detail that not many people notice at all. Mostly people are too focussed on doing, going, judging. But not looking, seeing and appreciating. Maybe they should shift focus. Maybe they’d be happier if they saw more beauty and joy in the world if they stopped and examined what is around them in detail.


Chrysanthemum Colours And Form


Chrysanthemum petal backs


Chrysanthemum Petal Detail

At Eden, I bought a little cactus. You can see its tiny spines and its protective hairs that keep it shaded from the sun. Yes, it has ‘bristles’, like some people, who no doubt feel the need for protection. But inside there is a soft core of liquid body as there is inside every human. Soft and vulnerable beneath the spiny protection. I chose to focus on the spiky prickly detail of this fascinating plant in one image, and the softer but protective hairs in the other. Where is your focus?


Cactus Macro Focus On Hairy Protection


Cactus Macro. Focus on spines


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