Here is another set of 6 selected photos from January 2019. In some of the pictures, a little snow is present, as much as we had this year in Denmark. I wished for some pictures with an animal in snow this year but I think I might have to find another location for that as Denmark climate gets warmer.
This Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) was the handiest photography subject on a snowy day. I head up to the lake as soon as it started snowing with the dream to photograph the White–tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) with the falling snow. Of course, I did not find the eagles, in fact, I didn’t find almost no bird ready to cooperate so I’ve put my hopes in this gull and I was not disappointed. By being so white I was able to create this dark background even though by then I didn’t fully grasp exposure compensation. I used a fast shutter speed of 1/1600 sec. in order to capture the falling snowflakes so the auto ISO was raised to the maximum value set of 3200. I also took more photos with different exposure compensation values because I was not quite sure what I was supposed to use and to experiment with the effects. This one was at -1 exposure compensation.
A little bit down on the lake, a group of juvenile common moorhens (Gallinula chloropus) were going in and out of the reeds as the people pass by. I stopped for a while and lied down to wait for them, in hopes they will not notice me and get out for a photo shoot. The cold beet my wish for great pictures and all that I got is decent ones. For this picture I’ve used F7.1 instead of F6.3 because I wanted to see if I can get better quality. I finally decided is not worth the loss of light over the not significant gain of sharpness so I use higher numbers than 6.3 only when I want to get more than one subject in focus. I’ve also used 1/1000 sec. shutter speed which was more than enough to get the juvenile sharp and because there was plenty of light the auto ISO was only raised to ISO-200.
Another picture of a Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), this time a puffed one that came close to me. I do not have too much left to say about the Blue tit just that they are the species that comes close to me most often and I don’t mind taking them pictures when this happens. I still consider them beautiful even though I see them every time I go out and by now I have hundreds of pictures with them. Even if I lowered the shutter speed to 1/640 sec. I still got high ISO-1100 that gave me some post-processing work with noise reduction.
I also have a picture of his relative to share this time, the Great tit (Parus major). Even though is bigger in size than the Blue tit and it dominates when it comes to feeding, I have noticed is much shyer in contact with humans and it rarely approaches, at least in my experience. I find it a bit funny that this image has exactly the same settings as the blue tit one and it was shot on the same day in the same forest. F6.3, 1/640 sec. shutter speed and ISO-1100.
When it comes to European robins (Erithacus rubecula), I do not see them very often so I do not have to many good pictures with them. In fact this was only the second time I saw and photographed one until that point. Now I have other good pictures, so stay tuned for those. He was sitting on a snowed rock and had a nice background, the only thing missing was a warm light on it’s face. Because of the scarce light I’ve lowered the shutter speed to 1/320 sec. and shot a burst to increase my chances of a sharp photo. So with the F stop at 6.3 I’ve got ISO-720.
When you look at this picture take a moment to notice the cool water droplets accumulated on the grass in front of the Grey heron (Ardea cinerea). I was a bit higher than I would have wanted but for this picture, a lower perspective would have hidden the water droplets that create such a nice effect. I like cropping the images in a 16×9 ratio especially this where the subject seems to be looking at something at the other side of the frame. It makes for a nice composition in my opinion (let me know what you think). The setting for this photo was F6.3, 1/800 sec. shutter speed and ISO-560.
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