My back to the wind, and my chin strap securely fastened I heartily left the house to enter the “out there”. I immediately found a glitch in my plan, there was no wind at 6:30am. Not to be disappointed it made an entry 1/2 hour later slowly building up a head of steam. Thirteen hours later we are at a nice comfortable 25mph. Too wet to plow and too windy to shingle so I grabbed my camera and headed to the garden.
The photo of the Robin was taken just before noon, after I finished putting on a show in the garden. I situated myself with the wind and sun to my back which is the normal position I take when attempting to capture waterbirds landing on the slough.There were numerous birds flying through this gap in the bushes which fueled my motivation to photograph them. I took 500 pictures and deleted all but 50, my normal ration 10:1.
My plan did work out I captured three more of the Robin in that gap. I was using my 18-135mm lens with the crop factor of 1.6 the magnification is 216mm. That is a good magnification for photographing small birds in flight. It is a light lens, not as bulky as my 400mm and not comparable to the beast 600mm. A drawback is the distance is quite short at 75 feet. Thats good for me because I’m always shooting subjects out of range.
That little break in the bushes cuts the wind just enough to assist the birds with whatever it is they do all day long. I’m not sure I’ll be able to function without the wind after practicing for so long in it. I predict I’ll be writing a blog in September describing how I’m learning to take images of flying birds without the wind; it’s all unfolding before my eyes.
When we modify our surroundings we can accomplish anything.
Jacques Lebec Flutter Shutter
photographing with disabilities, homebound, chronic pain