Thursday

There Are No Shortcuts

I am fascinated with the "motion" of birds and I take a LOT of pictures trying to capture them in motion. I have often thought of doing a "bloopers" post to show the zillions of pics I have with maybe one wing in the frame, or just the tail feathers. Most of the time I end up with nothing at all as they've left the frame before I can even get a shot off. It has been VERY hard for me to capture the entire bird in the frame. This is NOT a great picture - BUT - I caught the entire Downy Woodpecker in the shot :) I have posted before of a Red-bellied Woodpecker In Motion - Here and a Female Cardinal in Motion - Here. So I will keep trying to capture the birds in motion - and someday in focus too :)
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. ~Beverly Sills

19 comments:

EG Wow said...

It's refreshing to hear you admit how many bloopers you make shooting birds in motion. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who takes a million photos to get the one I want. Now if I could only get a few to be as great as yours!!

Roberta said...

Great shot! When I was in Tucson last week I took a photo of a hawk on the trainers gloved hand. But he decided to fly away at that exact moment. I have a lovely photo of hawk feet in the upper right hand corner of a photo of blue sky! It is a challenge!

Laura~peach~ said...

i do that too some of my favorite shots are humming birds and i got one blue bird that is the full bird LOL they are awesome!(the birds I mean )

Catch the Kids said...

I have just got a Canon 60D and am still working it out. Your bird photos are an inspiration and a level to aspire to. I keep thinking to myself as I take squillions of mis-shots "imagine how difficult this would have been in the days of FILM!!"

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I have PLENTY of bird blooper shots too! The birds are so fast, but, like you, my goal is to catch them in flight. Well, to catch them in flight without the blur or half of them out of the frame!

texwisgirl said...

Oh I'd line up to see all your shots - those in motion and a blooper reel too! That cardinal and red-belly are just gorgeous too!

Hilary said...

I so agree.. it's one of the hardest things to do well.. a bird in motion.. particularly difficult if it's anything less than a brilliant, sunny day. Still even your less than stellar photos are a joy to see. Your love for these critters is in perfect focus.

becky said...

It shows great upward motion.... wonderful in it's own right. Ah, great quote!

Snappy Di said...

That's the thing about digital photography, the lapse in time which can give us a lot of blurred photos of wildlife.... or children for that matter... LOL

Sarah Knight said...

Lovely : )

Jo-Ann said...

I, too, find blank photos when trying to take wildlife in motion! Doesn't bother me as much now as it did when I was using film!! I always enjoy your posts. Thanks for sharing the "bloopers"!

PoetessWug said...

At least with your photos people can tell what it is you're taking a picture of!! LOL Mine are questionable sometimes!

the wild magnolia said...

This is an especial favorite of mine. Partly because you caught something few of us see, and because you are so diligent to keep trying.

The quote is point blank reminder of honest living!

Thank you.

Appalachian Lady said...

I can't tell you how many photos I have thrown away with no bird or whatever I was trying to capture. This woodpecker photo is great.

cindyzlogic said...

Wonderful capture, Kerri :-))

Julie G. said...

Though blurred, this is a fabulous image! Your certainly did capture motion and speed. I like the feel of it. My archives and recycle bin are filled with blurred photographs. I am forever hopeful that I will get a decent image of beautiful birds in flight. You did a great job!

SandyCarlson said...

Those struggles can drive a person nuts! But you're getting it right, is incredible always.

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

I too am working and struggling at birds in flight images. We'll keep at it together!

Misty Dawn said...

I do the same thing! I've got many "blooper" shots too. However, sometimes I like the blur, because it "shows" the motion and you can 'feel' the moment. When you just freeze the motion, you don't necessarily get the feel of it. Does that make any sense at all? Probably not.

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