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At the bird feeder

Discussion in 'Exhibition Lounge' started by Jeff Horton, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Jeff Horton

    Jeff Horton Active Member

    My mother in law has kept a pie plate with seed on her porch railing for years. I have always wanted to try to photograph the bird it attracts. I had just bought a new wireless remote so I could set up the camera and shoot from inside the house.

    I took a LOT of photos since I was shooting sort of blind. A few came out OK, nothing really good by bird photography standards but OK for first attempt.

    This cardinal was curious about the camera.

    [​IMG]SJH_4380 by Jeff Horton, on Flickr

    [​IMG]SJH_4381 by Jeff Horton, on Flickr

    The Titmouse pretty much live here. Lots of photos of them

    [​IMG]SJH_4516 by Jeff Horton, on Flickr

    Probably my favorite.

    [​IMG]SJH_4495 by Jeff Horton, on Flickr
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  2. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Given the setup, nice shots. I love the cardinal. We've got a lot of feeders on a tree very close to the house, and I have wondered about doing something similar (or getting one of those popup hides and just sitting outside).
  3. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    My mother in law had some little figurines of native (to her) birds and I made the mistake of politely admiring them when shown. Consequently I found them bequeathed to me when she died. I really thought they were the most hideous things I'd ever seen and always assumed that the cardinal was just very badly painted in over-saturated red. Turns out, looking at your photographs (and I do love the second cardinal shot) they were just very badly painted but the colour was about accurate.
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  4. Jeff Horton

    Jeff Horton Active Member

    These came out good enough that I wish I could have changed the set up. But the camera was sitting right in front of the door leading into the house, so I couldn't get a good angle with nothing behind the birds. People coming and going to much. I started to move the pan out some but that put it in the sunshine but from behind the birds. So it was a compromise but it was good practice. The bird didn't have any problem with the camera being there.

    One thing I walked away with is that it would be fairly easy to set up a natural looking 'studio' outside a window and use the remote.

    Thats funny! This cardinal is actually a little rough looking. Maybe molting or just worn out from raising a flock of little ones. But he was definitely not looking his best.
  5. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    You can see why they are called cardinals, though.

    Handsome little devils.


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