Random Camera Practice

I’m really not sure why I didn’t get a post together yesterday. No good excuse really. For whatever reason, I’ve woke up motivated to work on my blog this rainy day.

Since I purchased a new bridge camera right before our vacation, I have been trying to practice with it during the week.  Still have a long ways to go before I master our new camera.

I’ll be linking this post up to Five on Friday, hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog.  Also, since I have some bird photos, once again, I’ll be linking to I’d Rather B Birdin’ again.

ONE: The Birds

One of the main reasons I purchased this camera was my frustration with the zoom on my old camera.  Now, I can take a bit better photos of those birds I love to watch.

There’s a story behind this photo of a Carolina Wren.  Shouldn’t there be a story behind every photo though?

I was looking out our backdoor and noticed a hummingbird chasing a small group of birds. I grabbed my camera and ran. Too slow.  The show was over by the time I got out there. However, I did hear the wren where he’d taken refuge in the front yard and managed to capture his photo before getting the bird equivalent of the one-fingered salute: Birds can be so uncooperative sometimes!

Even the sparrows are in on the whole “I’m not going to pose for your picture, crazy camera lady!” thing:

TWO: Butterflies and Moths

This little guy was on the side of the garage one day when we arrived home from an outing.

Later to my delight, two Tiger Swallow Tail Butterflies were flitting about right by the front porch when I walked out there to pet our little cat. Beautiful butterflies that fly constantly near the tip tops of our trees.

One landed on one of our Boxwood bushes!  So I hurried inside for the camera… Apparently, there is a conspiracy against the crazy camera lady between the butterfly and birds as he wouldn’t open his beautiful wings until he flitted away much too swiftly and high in the sky for a decent photo.

THREE: Evening Walk

My youngest son and I went for an evening walk around the block and I, of course, brought my camera. 

Four: Sunset Practice

I actually have a sunset photo I took on my phone last Friday night that I prefer to this.  I was lamenting to my husband that the best sunrise/sunset views around here always seem to be from the highway. Not an ideal or safe location for a photo!

This one is from our walk around the block:

Five: My Very First Attempt At A Sun flare!

I honestly didn’t even know this was a thing until a few months ago.  Still need lots of practice with this and quite possibly a camera with capabilities beyond my bridge camera.  ******

Are you a photographer?  Any advice? I’d be especially interested in how to gain the cooperation of the birds and butterflies!

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16 thoughts on “Random Camera Practice

    1. Jean Post author

      I had no idea. How fun! I’ll definitely need to look that one up, thanks for letting me know about it.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I don’t think having a little cat running around under my feet helps my cause much either.

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  1. Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

    “One fingered salute”…..riot!!!
    Beautiful images, the deer the sky shots, the sunlight rays through the trees the winged insects…and the birds!!!!

    You shared some great photos today, and I appreciate you sharing them with us birders at I’d Rather B Birdin’ this weekend!! Thanks.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I always love when I have something to link to your post. I very much enjoy seeing your photos and those of all the bloggers that link to your post.

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  2. Rose

    The Carolina wren is my favorite bird, but I seldom get a chance to photograph one. I love their song…such a big song from such a little body. Love those butterflies.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. Yes, we had one right outside the backdoor on Sunday after the rain and oh my, such a loud little bird! Good thing I do like them so much 😉 I’m hoping to see more butterflies if the weather ever returns to summer a bit. We usually see a few Monarch butterflies (my favorites) later in August/early September.

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  3. JoAnn Bayne

    If I knew the secret to getting birds and butterflies to cooperate then I’d have more pictures of them, butterflies especially. I find that bird shots will eventually give me one or two good ones – but my butterflies don’t ever seem to settle in one place – ever.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Your butterflies sound like the ones around here! I really think the key may be patience, one I need to work on while practicing with the camera.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I do need to practice a lot more often. I’m going to have to make myself get in the car and get somewhere a bit out of my comfort zone a bit as well.

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