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A couple of birds perched on a branch near my feeders as the snow falls. The little one looking right at the lens with what appears to be a frown. Guess it is t...
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A couple of birds perched on a branch near my feeders as the snow falls. The little one looking right at the lens with what appears to be a frown. Guess it is tired of winter.
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8 Comments |
chadthompson
 
chadthompson June 06, 2015
That one bird doesn't look very happy lol
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RDVPhotography June 10, 2015
I know and that is why I like this image. Did not see that until I got the image on the computer : D
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal June 19, 2015
Congratulations on your Award Ron!
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RDVPhotography June 22, 2015
Jelieta, thanks. I was surprised by this one. Think it was awarded from the 850 Birds on Banches contest :D
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal July 22, 2015
Voted up close
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RDVPhotography July 22, 2015
Appreciate the vote Jelieta
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal March 14, 2016
voted creative composition!
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RDVPhotography March 26, 2016
This was taken right out my front door. I just stood still for awhile, I like the sort of angry stare on this bird. Thanks for the vote.
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kathymuhle May 16, 2016
Love the details and the right one looks like an Angry Bird character! Voted
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RDVPhotography May 18, 2016
Thanks taken right off my front porch
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kathymuhle May 16, 2016
Who said birds don't have personalities!
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RDVPhotography May 18, 2016
I did not see the "Angry" look until post
JoanLoBo
 
JoanLoBo August 07, 2016
Fabulous capture
sannedost
 
sannedost September 01, 2017
Very nice, almost like a christmascard????????
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RDVPhotography September 09, 2017
Thanks Sanne, we don't get much snow but it sure was "Christmassy" on this day, Thanks Ron
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken off my front porch on February 27, 2015 during a snowstorm. I stood in the corner of the porch by the front door with a camouflage jacket and pants on and a black stocking cap. I stood very still behind my tripod and eventually several birds started perching in a Crepe Myrtle tree where we have a bird feeder. We have eight bird feeders around the house and this draws all kinds of birds to our property, especially in the winter.

Time

This photo was taken at 4:23 PM. I spent over 5 hours standing on the front porch, our side porch and the back porch during the time it was snowing this day and took over 160 photos, keeping only 60 of them.

Lighting

The lighting changed throughout the day with mostly cloudy conditions during the snowfall and I had to make adjustments due to this. The camera I was using had an APS-C sensor and due to noise problems at high ISO I used a fixed ISO of 640 for all my shots as I knew the amount of noise at this setting was acceptable and editable. I then adjusted the aperture and shutter speed to compensate for the low light conditions. I also changed from a 300mm f/4 lens to a faster 70-200mm f/2.8 lens for several shots my last hour of shooting but many of these were not keepers due to low light conditions.

Equipment

I used a Canon 50D with a Canon 300mm f/4 lens on a Gitzo Tripod with Really Right Stuff Ball Head for this photo along with a remote shutter. I used the remote shutter control for two reasons; first to reduce any camera shake and second to reduce my movements while shooting. This as well as other shots I took this day all used natural light. The settings for this photo are as follows: Focal Length 300mm, Aperture f5.6, Shutter 1/400 sec and ISO 640.

Inspiration

My inspiration for photography on this day was the snow conditions, as living in this part of Texas we do not get many days with heavy snow like happened on this day. The birds were all over our feeders and it just was the perfect time to capture some great shots.

Editing

I use Light Room and process with RAW images for all my work. For this image I started by enabling the lens profile, like I do for all my images. I then did some cropping to fill the frame with the subjects. After this I reduced the noise and sharpened the image. I then went to the basic settings adjustments to adjust highlights, shadows, white clipping and black clipping. Following this I then did some minor adjustments to clarity and vibrance, then made adjustments to the tone curve. My final edits consisted of color adjustments using the luminance sliders. I then exported the posted image as a JPG file adding my watermark and using standard sharpening for screen.

In my camera bag

What I have in my bag depends on what I have planned. In this case had I been going to the local wildlife refuge for bird photography, I would have taken my Canon 50D along with a Canon 300mm f/4 lens, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and a 1.4X multiplier lens. I also would have had an extra battery and probably a couple extra memory cards as well as my tripod. However, usually when I go to the refuge I also carry my 5D Mk II along with a couple wide angle lens for landscape work as well as a set of graduated ND filters. Being home I had access to all my photography equipment so it was rather easy to choose what I needed.

Feedback

The best advice I can give for photographing wildlife is to have patience! Also plan for what you are trying to do. By plan I mean decide where you are going, what the conditions are going to be. Besides the camera gear you need to think about what you are wearing. You want to blend in with the background you are photographing in so no bright colors, camouflage clothing works great. Also what kind of shoes or boots do you need? Is it dry or wet? Will you need bug spray? If your lens gets wet do you have something to clean the drops of water off. Know your equipment and how it works! Know your equipment limitations, can the camera you are using get decent images when shooting high ISO? Now if you want to capture an image similar to what I have here, you not only need to plan as I mentioned above but you need to prepare in advance on how to draw birds to your yard. Where do you hang the feeder? Is the place you hang it have a nice place for the birds to perch where you can capture nice images? There are many challenges to wildlife photography and I have only been doing it for a little over 5 years. Before that I was mainly a landscape photographer going all the way back to film days. Unlike landscapes, wildlife moves around so just have patience and have fun.

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