If you are a regular reader of my blog you would probably expect this article to be with new species (photographed by me for the first time) but because I am so much ahead in the timeline with the new species type I have chosen to do a photo selection one to catch up. I still have photos from the last year that I want to share so in this post I will share those and I will be left only 3 photos for the next one.
I still have left photos of the juvenile mute swans (Cygnus olor), that’s how good of a subjects were, so here is one. One of the best in my opinion, because I’ve caught this juvenile while it was flapping its wings, and because he was close and I had good settings. I have used a shutter speed of 1/800 sec. at F6.3 and resulted with ISO 100. I also had to remove the part of a duck that got caught in the photo, so I’ve photoshopped it out so it doesn’t distract from the main subject. Let me know what is your opinion about removing distractions like that from a photo. Do you think it is ok? Do you do it?
I also have one more Lapwing (Vanellus
In the same day, from the same spot where I was laying down, I took the next picture of this Rook (Corvus
When I don’t have too much time to spend outside but I still want to go because of the weather or just that I’ve not been in a while, I take a short walk in the small forest next to my house. This picture was taken on one of those walks. I see the Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes
On a different day, one that was not too bright, together with a friend we went to one of the local lakes to see what we can find. It was a successful day with many good compositional pictures, not so good technical though because of the poor conditions. The next three pictures were taken that day.
I liked how this Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) looked at me so I took his picture. The contrast between the bright red legs and the white feathers looks good in the picture, as well as their black head in the summer. I used F6.3, shutter speed of 1/800 sec. and because of the low light of the day the ISO was raised to 3200. Now I would have lowered the shutter speed to at least 1/400 sec. and you could go even lower if you have steady hands which I don’t have.
Next one is one of my all time favorites. I’ve caught this European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) perched and I managed to get a clear shot of the golden pattern of the wing that gives him the name while the rest of the body is blurry because of the vegetation between me and him. I found this shot to be quite artistic and on my liking, some people would want to see the bird clear, how do you like it? Now that I look back at the setting I do not understand why did I use them the way I did and realize that I could have lowered the noise level. I had the camera set to F7.1, 1/1000 sec. shutter speed and the ISO was at the
The last pictures that we took that day were the pictures of some European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) that were grazing undisturbed on the other side of a small river. I really like pictures of an animal from the back, at the same eye level, where you can see one side of the animal and one eye. I feel like I take part in the picture like I am looking at the same thing as the animal does. Do you like them? Do you have the same feeling? It seems like I’ve kept the F stop to 7.1, probably to check if the sharpness increases, and even if I’ve lowered my shutter speed to 1/800 sec. I still have the ISO to 3200 because by that time it was darker outside.
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