Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Bathrobe Birding - The Wrong Bird
Not only was I wearing a bathrobe when I took these shots, the bathrobe matched the flowers. The robe is also monogrammed, though I confess: not with my initials. Who says I have no sense of personal style? To get these photographs, I sit in my 'computer chair,' camera at the ready while I read e mails. The opportunity to get these shots only happens in the morning when the sun is still rising in the east. I must have the camera in my lap, set and ready to go or by the time I reach for it, the speedy little devils are gone. Before they show up, I take a test shot for exposure. Then, I wait. It takes a lot of bad shots to get a couple of really great ones. Many of the photos are mediocre if there is background clutter, or the bird is turned away, or there is too much wing movement or shadows or blown out feathers. I don't know about you, but I think these are really great ones. Yes, yes, I broke my elbow patting myself on the back there. The photo of the bird perched is not technically as good as the other two, but I like it because it shows character - the hummingbird's, not mine. I'll keep trying for better photographs, though. Better? What could be better? Well, it's the wrong Hummingbird. If it was male and the throat was blazing red, it would be a more spectacular photograph. Maybe I can get the girls to wear tiny, red ascots for me. After all, I'm wearing someone else's robe.