Taking My Time with the Eastern Kingbird

August 10, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I was recently asked what I normally photograph. I began by saying,"I do portraits. And families. And babies. And bigger kids. And events. And sports. And pets." And then I took a deep breath. "And I shoot anything in the natural world." The truth is, I'm so happy behind the camera that it really doesn't matter what I'm photographing. It all makes me happy. However, I relaxby walking in the woods or the meadows and just seeing what I see. I start without a plan. Maybe butterflies? Birds? Who knows. It doesn't really matter.

 

Today, I saw -- but didn't get a great shot of -- an indigo bunting. Its blue very nearly sparkled in the sumac. This kingbird, however, was quite the model. It sat on a branch, dropped down into the weeds for a treat, and came back to the branch to munch. Repeatedly. Using the 300mm lens, I kept enough distance to observe and photograph, and not intrude. 

 

Kingbird Watching, ISO 250, 300mm, f2.8, 1/1250

Kingbird Spies a Snack, ISO 250, 300mm, f2.8, 1/1250

Snack Time, ISO 250, 300mm, f2.8, 1/1250

 

 

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