Monday, 15 April 2013

Look and you will see!

This morning I tried to take a photo of a little junco.
Look at the distortion!
I thought my camera could do it through these old windows with "wavy" glass panes. Nope, it  didn't work, but I kind of like it anyway.
A junco, seen through wavy glass
Later in the afternoon Molly and I walked the neighbourhood on the prowl for more objects.
At first I had the 55 mm lens ready - and too bad.
A fox crossed a property nearby and we were too far away. Though, when I blew up the picture you can make him out, if barely.
A fox? No - that is Molly!
Aahh! THERE!
After that I changed to a lens with a 200 mm zoom. Further down the road I took aim at a crow sitting on the lawn.
 A crow watching us ...
..our approach makes her wary...
...and she takes off.  Click, click, click 
The setting was with zoom, on moving objects and multiple shots, but I didn't manage to get it really focused. :((
No good combination. With a zoom I could get "closer up to the object", but it didn't work so good with the movement. I have yet to figure out how to do 3D tracking of a moving object. 
Well, I have to practise, practise, practise.

Then we went down to the water. The sun broke through the clouds and I just loved the mirroring greys and blues on the water's surface. 

I didn't see the gull down at the water's edge. Do you?
Trying to capture the colours...
...while a gull was watching me.
When I took the next shot it took off.
Thank you!

Hope you liked my little excursion as much as I did. Thank you for your company. 

And if you like, take a look at the second part of our journey in January 2006. To Tuscon and Bisbee, Guadalupe Park and Carlsbad Caverns we went....

Sunday, 14 April 2013

A Gloomy Day. Let's Go Birding!

Common Grackles
Two days ago I put up two bird feeders - a self-made one and a open nesting box. It didn't take long before the first guests arrived. The weather was grey and gloomy as I sat behind the living room window with no ideal light to capture the birds. 
They were about 15 - 30 feet (5 -10m) away; always on the move and fighting for the seeds.
(Click on the photo for a bigger view.)

My patience paid off. Suddenly there was a drove of birds around.... 
   A Nuthatch on my self-made feeder (made of: mayo container)
and on the ground ....