For the Birds Photoshoot


Goldfinch just hanging around the bird feeder.

Goldfinch just hanging around the bird feeder.

Just a few pictures of birds hanging around my sister’s place.

I bought a new camera about two years ago hoping to get better photos for my blog. It’s a Nikon D3200 and I do love it but have been using it more as a glorified point and shoot, not really why I bought it.

I signed up for a Craftsy photography class on lighting and have only managed to sit through the first two or three lessons. I haven’t even done any practicing from those lessons yet.

Trying to work on shutter speed so I could get a still hummingbird.

Trying to work on shutter speed so I could get a still hummingbird.

My brother asked me if I would take some backup family photos for his wedding this last weekend, so I thought I had better get out and do some practicing at least. I sat through another lesson and headed out to my sister’s place in the country. She has quite the green thumb and some very pretty birds flitting around.

Blue swallow that had wasted no time making himself at home in the new birdhouse.

Blue swallow that had wasted no time making himself at home in the new birdhouse.

I sat around forever waiting for that hummingbird and only got the one shot. I guess I just have to keep visiting my sister until I get the shot I love. I also sat forever waiting for the blue sparrow to show his entire blue body. He kept peeking his head out or would dart out so fast I didn’t get much of a chance for a good picture. He finally settled for a while on the perch and I was able to get some nice shots.

Pretty view of the mountains with the moon.

Pretty view of the mountains with the moon.

I am upset with myself for not stopping immediately to take this shot. When I drove by it was all pink and the moon was closer but I just kept going thinking I could stop somewhere further ahead. Never did get a better view so I turned around but by the time I got back to the original spot the color had faded. Still a nice picture but the other was one of those “stop and take it now or you’ll never get another chance” type of shots.

I am planning finishing up that lesson and also started a YouTube video tutorial specifically for my camera that I have found. The wedding is over and done with and I did take a bunch of pictures but in the end the best pictures were those with the camera set on auto. One of the things I figured out after taking the wedding pictures is the importance of angles and settings. Lighting is going to be good, bad or mediocre depending on the location. But in order for a photo to pop and make an impression it needs to look different and just by changing the angle can really make a difference. That is a big lesson I need to work on next.