One reason why I like winter: yellowhammers.
A dried flower surrounded by snow dunes. You might think this is the image of a forgotten dream.
But there is a soft light even on the cold snow.
And there is enough time for an embracing even in the toughest moments.
The focus of my point and shoot camera stopped working properly last year. I was so disappointed by results… Fortunately, I have a large database of photos, so I can choose something and post it from time to time.
After you start taking photos all the time, your eye gets better and better in seeing things, details, moments, feelings. You see it, you frame it and you press the shutter. Many times you feel it just some moments before it even happens.
It was hard to carry a camera which wasn’t able to take good photos. I had to learn something. Nothing happens without a reason.
Lots of chances came…lots of good moments, incredible light, amazing people, amazing sceneries and many other beautiful things. Instead of taking photos, I started to observe them and told myself that now I must learn again just to be there and enjoy the moment. It was hard.
I didn’t tell many people about why I wasn’t taking photos anymore. Some people were so accustomed to call me in order to take photos and did not understand my new attitude. Silence helped a lot.
Yesterday my brother gave me his camera. Him and his family know how passionate I am about taking photos. It’s the same model as my camera but it is not too used.
Today I felt again full of desire to capture some moments, by one hand, but I am afraid of using camera for uninteresting and unimportant things, on the other hand. I keep telling me I must think more than twice before pressing the shutter.
I cannot express enough my joy.
How blessed I am.
There is no snow yet. But it’s cold.
Photo taken in 2014.
I was walking when I noticed that dog looking at me. He usually barks but this time he was only watching me.
I noticed the crow only after I downloaded the photos.
I like trailer’s colours and the simplicity of the scene.
The Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) it’s a small bird very similar to Common Chaffinch(Fringilla coelebs). Both are similar in size and shape. Brambling has yellow bill, orange breast and some dark spots.
It breeds in wooded areas of northern Europe and Asia and, as a migratory bird, visit our country only in winter.
Its diet consists in seeds.
What’s very interesting about these small birds it’s that they argue for food, sometimes they can be very, very noisy.
The Great Spotted Woodpecker is a bird around about 24 centimeters long and it is a permanent resident of our garden. It has very strong bill, for drilling and drumming on trees, and long tongue for extracting food. Also, might be very interesting to know that it has a special membrane which closes protecting the eye from flying debris. And some special feathers are covering the nostrils, too.
During summer, this woodpecker is such an inconspicuous bird! Its best ally is the foliage, and the only way to be aware of Woody’s presence it is the drumming, those repeated blows of its bill upon a trunk. What’s very interesting for me, it’s that a few years ago I noticed a woodpecker drumming upon an iron pole, not a wood one. The sounds were amazing.
Unfortunately, only during winter I have more chances to get some decent photos of this woodpecker.
When was the last time you saw a woodpecker?
Today I have some questions for you. If you could write me at least one/some answer/s, I would be more than glad.
1st. What format do you use mainly for your photographs? 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1?
2nd. About exposure. Under what circumstances do you use Evaluative, Center weighted Avg or Spot?
3rd. When I edit my photos, I usually use Crop( only if I need), Exposure, Lighting, Color Balance, Sharpen, Noise and resize. But here comes my question: in which order? What’s first and what’s last?
4th and the last one. Using ISO, f/stop, aperture it’s very interesting, but can you give me some tips for birds in flight?
Thank you very much!
Tranquil, peaceful, little waves of low waters…
How to find strength when many things around you aren’t so great?
I don’t know the answer but I would gladly listen it if you will tell me.
I have been ill since Tuesday(Christmas Eve) and my hardest period was Thursday when I ate only three bananas, a bit of cheese and drank alot of tea and water.
I dislike these periods, imagine I’m inside the house for about a week, taking no photos of nature… and it seems I will be inside for a couple of days.
Hope you had a better period.
Have a great week!
Every single day brings to us new opportunities, new ways to discover the nature, to discover ourselves.
A foggy day. Sounds terrible, right? (This is not true for those who live in Scotland, but this is the price they owe for rivers, lakes, sea).
When I started my ride, I was wondering what I was looking for, what were my aims.
I decided to find beauty.
But when your hands freeze to the camera, when the wind is blowing, when it’s cold outside and you are alone where is the beauty?
I strongly believe it’s first in you, and after everywhere you look.
Stand up and express the beauty inside you!
Have a great week!
And here I go!
Hello, my dear readers!
A while ago I was asking you about what camera I should choose. My budget was limited, my desires were (and still are) unlimited so it was a hard decision.
On this Black Friday I bought a new camera. In Romania, Black Friday was this year on 22nd November(because 30th November and 1st December are free days and it’s hard to deliver so many products if Black Friday would be on 29th November).
So I’m the owner of a lovely Canon Powershot SX 160 IS.
If you wonder what I was looking for, you might find useful to read my post here.
But why this Canon?
1. This was the best camera I could aford at this moment.
2. I have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually. I can even control manually the focus. (This is something new for me and not so easy to master.)
3. 16x Optical Zoom Lens(lens starts at 28mm wide-angle and extends to 448mm telephoto). You know I love birds and this zoom helps me so much.
It was very hard for me to get used this week with the new camera but I hope for more, and more, and more.
My main subject now: birds.
Here you have some photos.
Even sparrows are nice posers:
We don’t have many woodpeckers as then when I was a kid…unfortunatelly.
This Common buzard was standing on a pole and after he noticed me, he decided to go. But you may see in the photo below how the mud ‘flew’ from its claws(the snow it’s almost melted and the fields are muddy). It was a very powerful take off!
I will be as busy as the chickadee above.
Have a nice week!
Imagine a white man on a field. No, not a snowman but a man dressed in white(using a camouflage) trying to take his first photos using his new camera.
Perhaps for you, dear reader, there is nothing to laugh but for this dog was so funny to see a man standing still for minutes waiting for some birds to come.
Well, yes, that man was me and I have got a new camera. And the dog above is one of those many stray dogs we have in this area. They bark all the time when they see me…Sometimes I hate this, other time I know at least I am not alone there.
What’s my new camera?
I will tell you in the following days!
And yes, the dog has many reasons to laugh, the photo above is not one of my best…unfortunately.