I recently spent a couple of hours at Hendrie Valley with a fellow photographer and had some fun with chickadees. These cute little birds seldom sit still for any length of time, making them good test subjects for eye/hand coordination.
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Rather than capture images of the chickadees in static, perched positions, I used Pro Capture H and focused on creating photographs with interesting wing positions.
There were a number of other species of birds in the immediate area so chickadees were not my sole photographic subjects during my brief visit.
These small birds are constantly moving which makes it difficult to anticipate their flight direction.
After launching they will often veer off in different directions. When using Pro Capture H this can cause the birds go quickly out of focus.
I will definitely need to study chickadees more in order to better understand and anticipate their behaviour.
I certainly enjoyed trying to photograph them. It served to remind me that even quite common, local birds can help create an enjoyable photographic outing.
The spring birding season will soon be upon us in Southern Ontario. Since I purchased my Olympus gear late in the season last year I’m looking forward to spending more time out in the field with it this year.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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