Because of the holidays and because I have not managed to prepare from
I will start with this picture of a Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus) (post 14) that took me by surprise. I was standing unmoved for a while, but not hidden, looking for some small birds that moved from tree to tree when suddenly the hare came out from some bushes approximately 10 meters away from me. He did not see me, he moved slowly few steps and as calm as he appeared he disappeared in the bushes again. I must have been photographing on auto because as I check the settings now the camera was at f 5.6, shutter 1/200 and Iso 400. Now that I shot on manual I never keep the shutter on 1/200.
Next are these pictures of the Cabbage White butterfly (Pieris rapae) (post 13) that I like for clarity and composition. It was a hot summer day and there were hundreds of white butterflies in a meadow close to where I live. I had many problems with motion blur, slow shutter speed or just focusing wrong so the photos stand out from a period when I had few successes. I have improved my percentage of clear photos but I still have much to learn and improve.
This Common Carder Bee (Bombus
This photo is far from being a technically good photo but I like it because of the moment it captured. A Common Red Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha
The Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) (post 9) is a common bird in the summer days in Denmark so I had many chances to photograph it. I took any chance I had and I end up with a bunch of photos that I’m satisfied with. I captured the bird in great compositions, catching prey, singing or just parching.
The Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) (post 4) is also a common bird in Denmark but not so easy to see because it lives in forests and is quite shy but it definitely makes a nice subject. The photo would have been perfect is the subject was sharper, unfortunately, is not and it remains just a fortunate composition. The camera was at f 5.6, shutter 1/125 and ISO 3200 so maybe a faster shutter speed would have saved the photo.
The next photo is an example that even the most common subject can make for a good photo
It was the end of July when I started photographing on manual mode. For some months after I used to keep the aperture at minimum, f 5.6 for the 70-300mm lens, the ISO on auto and I have only controlled the shutter speed according to the conditions. That’s when I started increasing my percentage of acceptable photos and when I started getting more confident and more passionate about wildlife photography. First place where I have started shooting manual was in Vatra Dornei, Romania and the next photos are from that trip, some that I didn’t manage to fit in the last three posts.
Meadow Brown (Maniola
Meadow Grasshopper (Pseudochorthippus
Old World Swallowtail (Papilio
The Red-backed Shrike (Lanius
The Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) (post 16) was another great subject for that day. The camera was at f 5.6, shutter 1/1600 and ISO 800. The ISO beeing on auto got a little high so the picture was a bit noisy.
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