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Spring Blossoms



A western bluebird sits atop a chokecherry tree in blossom in spring.

A western bluebird sits atop a chokecherry tree in blossom in spring.
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Shutterbug_14
 
Shutterbug_14 March 12, 2016
Wow. This is stunning!!!
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RDVPhotography December 09, 2016
Really like this shot and the way you developed it, nicely done
madeinPortugal
 
madeinPortugal April 02, 2017
"Biutiful" love it... Congrats :)
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Byronfairphotography September 05, 2017
Beautiful
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Alwolfe September 07, 2017
Stunning shot!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo while sitting in a ground blind on a rolling hill in north central Idaho during spring turkey hunting season.
Time
This was taken fairly early in the morning. After a mile hike to my favorite spot on the hillside at 5 a.m. and getting settled in for sunrise, the songbirds started getting active with the sun coming up and the sweet smell of wild fruit tree blossoms in full bloom. So short answer on what time of day this was taken is early to mid-morning when the sun was above the horizon but not to high in the sky to make it hot or harsh.
Lighting
Well, early morning light is always a photographers friend so I was just fortunate that the songbirds were so active early in the morning when the light was still low enough in the sky to provide enough light for my telephoto lens but not too much to make it harsh.
Equipment
I carry my Canon 50D with a Canon 100-400mm lens with me in my backpack when I sit in my blind. When you spend hours in nature you just never know what might present itself in front of you and I always want to be prepared with my telephoto lens.
Inspiration
This photo was very inspirational, the pretty blue of the Western Bluebird against the purple of the bush and blossoms of a wild chokecherry bush/tree was phenomenal. I only wished and hoped that one would light upon a branch long enough to get a good handheld image and show off all this perfect color.
Editing
I ran this photo through my standard post-processing routine in Lightroom. But I didn't need to do much with the image, just a few tweaks to bring out the deep tones and a little noise reduction. I cropped in the image just enough to isolate the bluebird in the upper third and still have enough blossoms and branches in the lower portion of the image.
In my camera bag
I normally carry 2 cameras and 3 lenses but as I mentioned in the above comment, because my backpack is full with other gear I only carry my Canon 50D with the 100-400mm lens which takes a lot of space in a backpack as is.
Feedback
Patience. If you have patience to sit in a spot for a few hours in the middle of nature in a beautiful and quiet spot, you never know what might present itself for you.

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