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This Chickadee, in our Blue Spruce tree in our front yard, during an early snow in Michigan.

This Chickadee, in our Blue Spruce tree in our front yard, during an early snow in Michigan.
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p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz November 26, 2015
Beautifully captured image! Congratulations on your Challenge Win.:)
AshokaTheGreat
 
AshokaTheGreat November 26, 2015
Very beautiful !!
AWAAphotos
 
AWAAphotos November 26, 2015
Great shot! Congrats on your win, well done!
IsamarMartinez
 
IsamarMartinez November 26, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
IsamarMartinez
 
IsamarMartinez November 26, 2015
Congratulations on winning the challenge!! :) It's a beautiful shot!
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adavies January 31, 2017
Fantastic! Just beautiful! :)

Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken in my front yard near a bird feeder that we keep out for the birds in winter.
Time
I remembered that the birds were fairly used to me when I came out in the morning to fill the feeder so this particular morning I came out with my camera as well.
Lighting
It was an overcast day which was fine so that I could keep some detail in the blacks of the Chickadee's feathers.
Equipment
I was equipped with my Nikon D3 and a 80-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
Inspiration
I have always wanted to get some shots of birds so I thought that I would try with the birds in our front yard. I knew that I would be able to stand pretty close to the birds as long as I moved fairly slowly. They get in to kind of a feeding frenzy when I would bring out the freshly filled feeders so this time I came prepared with my camera too.
Editing
The post processing is pretty straight forward. I first do a bit of work in Photoshop then I bring it in to Lightroom to add a few tweaks and finish the image.
In my camera bag
I have a nice camera backpack that fits my Nikon D3, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8, Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Macro and a Sigma 14mm f/2.8 along with extra batteries and Nikkor flash and a loupe. I also keep some snacks in there just in case.
Feedback
Patience is the biggest thing. I would love to have a longer lens to capture these types of images but alas I will need to hold out until I can win the lottery I think :)

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