08/17/10 - Goldfinch on Coneflower
I had some luck yesterday! I've been trying for at least 3 years to catch the Goldfinch in mine or Madi's yard on some of the flower seed heads. It's just been tricky for me. I either have no clue they are there, forget to look before I round the corner and scare them off, or just can't get in position without scaring them. Yesterday I got lucky with a male/female pair. I startled them a bit because I was just looking at my flowers on the garage side of my house and forgot to check for them as I rounded the corner. I sat down almost out of view but not quite, and they came back. Not enough light for ISO 80 left me trying higher ISO (too grainy for my camera), center spot focus, the flash, and all sorts of 'tricks' trying desperately not to lose the shot. This is the last one I took and the one I thought was the best of the bunch. I would rather have several birds on several stems and more color, but it's not like I can compose the shot, right? :-)
I cropped just a bit. I removed a small black pole, and I darkened a spot on the very top of the bird's back. I did not adjust color. It would have been easier if it were right out of the camera:-) Or, would I be complaining I lost 30 minute's fun in pp.
The seed pods on the right are from the Blackberry lily I showed you a picture of a few weeks ago.
Thank you all so much for your comments on the Yates Mill shot from yesterday. The boys and I love that place. I promise to try to get a fall leaf color shot when the leaves turn. I have a few from other years, but I'll try my hand at it again this year. Usually I stand farther left or farther right for my shots. That direct side view was different for me this time. Much farther out shot too than typical for me.