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This blog is intended to follow my progress this year in my pursuit of obtaining some worthwhile bird photographs.
Very much a beginner, with limited funds but almost unlimited time, I want to capture photographs that are more than mere record shots. I am not expecting many rare or even unusual species, but want to do justice to any bird that cares to pose for me.
Wish me luck and good light.
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Here Comes the Rain

Posted Wednesday 23rd April 2008 at 12:17 by Denny Woodthorpe
Well, the good weather lasted all of one day! It is pouring down with rain - just when I was going to mow the lawns!
I had already decided to bring the hide down (ready for cutting the grass), and just managed to bring it in when the heavens opened.
That's the end of my little project in the back garden for a while. I set out to produce some classic images of bird on photogenic perch with a plain background and I'm reasonably pleased with the results. The main problem has been the fact that the greenfinches have bullied all the other birds to the extent that greenfinches are practically all I've photographed. I'm not too worried though as they made good subjects and the session was all about experimenting, so the more the merrier.
I still get worried about sharpness. It may be just me being hyper critical, but I still feel I could get better quality. I certainly cannot afford to change the lens again, so I will have to persevere.
What have I learned?
1. There is enough natural light on sunny days to do away with flash.
2. The background needs to be about 3 metres behind the perch so as not to show creases etc.
3. Remove all feeders except one and have a perch at a slight angle to it and slightly above.
4. Keep changing the perch - both for variety and also because it wilts!

5. Sunflower hearts are the best type of feed.
6. Using a table and beanbag is easier and more comfortable than a tripod.
7. Tempus fugit when you're having fun.

I've put a few of the resulting photos on the gallery. All green, but that was part of the project. I'm now going to spray paint the cloth a different colour!
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