To all ye who want to paint with light ...

I should have started this blog many moons ago as I started experiencing the joys of rediscovering the art of photography. But as the saying goes - it's better late, than never!
So, here I am, in the hopes of recording what I learn as I progress from ignorance to enlightenment; about what my eyes can see that my camera can capture; and, what my mind imagines and my camera paints with its capabilities.

Please feel free to add any comments and share your wisdom (tips or tricks) that you have picked up along the way.

And do check out my How-To and Birding pages as well.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 133 - Black-capped Chickadee

Photographing these guys aren't a mean thing, I tell ya!  The little birds always pick the darkest or the tallest part of the tree to perch themselves, and you'd be darned if you can reach them with inadequate telephoto or ISO capabilities.

Anyway, these birds are teaching me a virtue I can't admit to having - patience!  I waited around for this guy for at least 45 mins. - once squatting on the ground, once climbing on the rock, then almost slipping down the side of an embankment to finally get a shot that's at least passable.

It's really tricky with these guys, but I have to say that once I got these near decent shots after about 10 totally useless ones, I am certain I had a smug grin on my face that the passers by wondered at.  I tasted victory and boy, did it taste sweet! :)

Both images were flashed at -1stop, at ISO 1600, the highest my camera could take.  I had to remove some noise in post, as they had turned out really grainy!


  1. What a gorgeous bird! I love the first photo :)

  2. Lol, I had a hawk couple weeks ago that gave me trouble with its perch spot. But for those photos I was using my powershot. Plus you have contend with the branches that get in the way of focusing.

    However you did an excellent job here.

  3. @Kristy: Thanks and they are indeed beautiful birds!
    @Cathy: Thanks for your comment. You can never make them pose, can you? I completely agree about the branches as well!