And here is another picture selection article, this time with some of my best pictures from January 2019 taken both around a local lake as well as in the small forest around my house. I hope you enjoy!
While sitting still on the lake’s edge, waiting for something to happen, this Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) showed up. He was pretty close jumping from place to place so he looks quite big in the frame considering how small of a bird it is. He noticed me when I took the first click so he checked me out to see if I’m a threat or not. Because it was at the end of the day and the light was low I used a shutter speed of 1/640 sec. and with the aperture set to F6.3, the auto ISO still got raised to ISO-2000 which gave me some noise that I had to take out in post-processing.
Speaking of noise here is a picture that most people would have deleted because of the bad quality but I’ve decided to share it because I like the composition in it. A Common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) got disturbed by something or someone and flew from his position. I had my shutter to 1/1600 sec. when I took the pictures but it was still not enough to freeze the moment and I also got the motion blur. Because the light was low I’ve got the ISO to 3200 which introduced a lot of noise in my picture. The reeds look so soft because I’ve got rid of the noise when editing the picture in Lightroom but if you zoom in you would see that I’ve still left some noise on the bird because it is not as obvious from a distance and creates the impression of detail.
For this picture it was good that the sky was overcast, otherwise, it would look too bright and not give the same feeling to the photo. The Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) was looking in the distance like preparing for a storm to come but storms are rare in Denmark. This is another example of a noisy picture that has gone through the same post-process as the last one did but ended much better because the bird was still and closer than the pheasant and there was not as much detail in the background. This time I’ve got the auto ISO to 3200 using F6.3 and 1/500 sec. shutter speed.
If I could get to the same eye level with this Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) and if I could use a different background, this could be a great shot but now is just a decent shoot. It is enough sharp and with enough details to be shared and look at those green eyes, mesmerizing! I must admit, I’ve highlighted them a bit in post preprocessing. No noise issues with this one as the ISO was at 125 while I’ve set the aperture to minimum F/6.3 and the shutter speed to 1/1250 sec.
I see Grey herons (Ardea cinerea) every time I go to a lake and not only then. As for photographing them is the same as I do with the Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), I photograph them only when I can get an interesting composition, behavior or a good portrait. For this picture, I’ve liked how I could get the heron in his typical habitat and I’ve also like the warm colors caught in it. I am still looking for a relaxed enough heron, to be confident in fishing at a short distance from me. I want some shots of one catching some pray and eating, or swallowing, it. For this picture, I have used F/6.3, 1/1250 sec. shutter speed and the auto ISO was set to 360.
Even though the Hooded crow (Corvus cornix) has a smaller range and it is a privilege to have it here to photograph at discretion, I still prefer to photograph Rooks or Jackdaws. I found them to be less animated but lately, I have noticed them stilling food from birds like the seagulls and entering in different situations which makes them more interesting to watch. This crow was on a picnic table close to me, probably eating some scrapes, so I’ve taken its portrait and was satisfied with the result. I like the way he was checking me out. One more noisy picture at ISO 3200, taken at F/6.3 and 1/640 sec. shutter speed.
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