Thanks for starting the new thread with such colors! Margaret.
You certainly did try Nanny, lol, you must be getting better bad shot then me, cause Resin can still ID them.
Haaaa bad bird, he could have at lease, turn it's head around, so we could have a look at him. Kim.
Whoops, my excuse is, It's started getting cold up here, I shivered. lol
LOL, Burn, the bird didn't turn around because of this fella. Not that it minded the photo op. lol. Heeeheee, Nan, his wingspan is big alright! BTW, burn are those some cormorants? Also how cold is it getting to be? It's in the pleasant 60'ish here during the nights.
nanny_56 wrote:Ya know I have not see or heard any geese. Seems like I see them in the spring but never catch them on the way back in the fall. Weird!
Not that unusual - birds often use different routes northbound and southbound, so as to make best use of different feeding areas and weather conditions. Maybe an area near you has very good food supplies in spring, but not in autumn.
Thanks Resin...it has baffled ever since we moved...though we have lots of farm fields surrounding us. But lots have not yet harvested their corn and beans...so that may be the reason. I never thought about food supply.
Yes on the Crow Lily...the Red-tailed Hawk was carrying what looked like a rock above a parking lot...or was it a Turtle...not sure but the Crow made a couple dives at it and I was shooting too close to the sunlight.
See my lifer? The Double-crested Cormorant. I am not sure I even want to explain, it's kind of embarrassing.
I was having a hard time because our new camera has a pretty good zoom and the bird was bouncing all over the place. Besides that, I was still figuring out all the buttons. Well, one of the birders loaned me their tripod so I could stable the camera. I didn't want to look too foolish. I have this cool camera, so should know how to adjust a tripod, right? :p Well, I couldn't get it to move to where I wanted it to, so I snapped the picture, poor and all.
I just discovered this thread and I'm cracking up. Such wonderfully bad photos and hilarious commentary. I'll have to start saving a few of the many bad ones I manage to get.
Margaret, The bird you started off the thread with is so beautiful. Any good shots of that guy I can see elsewhere?
Burn, Your "shiver" photo is so cool. I hope you got some good ones of that gorgeous light and those little cuties.
Nanny, That WHAAT image is quite artistic looking - like a painting.
Lily_Love, This is probably more than you wanted and you might already know this, but ...
When you are shooting a bird with light colors on it (your heron) in a darker environment, you either have to use a spot meter on the bird or you have to set your camera to underexpose to get the bird exposed correctly. (the camera is "seeing" all that dark area and is exposing correctly to brighten it and results in overexposing the heron's light colored feathers).
And, just the opposite, when you are shooting those dark geese against a light sky, the cam is seeing all the light area and exposing correctly for it (beautiful colors you captured in the sky!) resulting in underexposing the birds. In that case, you have to set your camera to overexpose a bit before you shoot.
After a bit of trying, you will know how much to over or under expose to get the subject exposed right. Of course, in the heron shot, the foliage would all be pretty dark and in the sky shot, you would lose a lot of the beautiful color. It's all a trade off.
I was just thrilled when I found this thread. I have so many more bad pictures than I do decent ones, so I feel right at home. I am glad you found it and am looking forward to seeing your bad pictures.
LOL, good bad shots everyone. Patti thank you for the pointers. I just now returned to our thread from nearly a week of absence. Hah, it maybe more than I needed for right now. Given time, I maybe able to digest the helpful information once my head is cleared up. I've been more than the proverbial 'under the weather' kind of being. Be back soon with more aweful picies.
Those watchumacallit "water chickens" are fun to watch, Chillybean. I just love them. Here is another of my favorites to watch for their antics. This one is intermittently coming in/out of the nest box for roosting place as the weather changes. The dark streak is an object on the widowpan. Ugh!
I enjoyed watching these two play king of the mountain, fighting over who got the best perch at the top of the pipe. I was busy snapping photos completely forgetting that the white feathers of the white morph Reddish Egret were going to blow out. While I can probably recover most of that detail, without getting seriously creative in Photoshop, I can't fix that horribly messy, littered shoreline. I never even noticed that trash until I got home and started looking. Yuck.
P_Edens wrote:I enjoyed watching these two play king of the mountain, fighting over who got the best perch at the top of the pipe. I was busy snapping photos completely forgetting that the white feathers of the white morph Reddish Egret were going to blow out. While I can probably recover most of that detail, without getting seriously creative in Photoshop, I can't fix that horribly messy, littered shoreline. I never even noticed that trash until I got home and started looking. Yuck.
Easy to edit out the litter on the shoreline. Can't do anything about blown-out whites though. Or the old pipe (which is also litter) - if I edited that out, the birds wouldn't have anything to stand on!
Thanks Resin, lighting is not the best the last couple of days. It seems our dogwood berries are just in prime condition for picking. All kind of birds are after them, woodpeckers, eastern Blues, migratory warblers, sapsuckers all competing for the berries.
I have visited quite a number of bird and photo forums, but this is the first I have ever experienced that had a thread for BAD photos. Admittedly, I'm sure we all get them from time to time, but I have never been inclined to share them. The real nasty ones usually don't even make it to my PC.
I'd frame any bad picture I'd get of a Brown Creeper. I've been wanting to have those at my place for so long. :)
I feel at home on this thread because the vast majority of my pics are bad and always feel my "good" pictures are crummy after seeing others' really good shots.
Yesterday was a day for in flight photos... I have 3 of them.
mnshutterbug, Hahaha! My husband read that and wanted you to know that's not a tree, but a new hybrid corn they grow here now. :D Seriously, we do have a few trees, mostly around homesteads and creeks, but other than that a whole lot of cropland and some restored prairies.. At least in our area. Further east, there are a few more.
Lily, Fish crow pic is way too good. Looks like a pecan?
Nanny, I'm with Chilly. I'd keep any Brown Creeper shot. Never seen one.
Chilly, That flicker is wonderfully awful. Must be so cool to see them.
Chillybean, that link is one of my fav. threads here. Okay, time for more bad pix. How I wished this Yellowbelled sapsucker would come out in hiding so I can see its winter plumage, it's gorgeous one but I can only take peek at his yellow and black and red coloring.
I am sure many of you know about the Snowy Owls by now. We are scouring the fields looking for one of these. Now that the snow is melted, they should be easy to pick out, if one is indeed there, right? We're flying down the country highway at 55 mph, when I spy something with a nice owl shape. I calmly tell my husband because there was someone behind us. He turns around, which puts us on the other side of the road from the field where I saw it. We have to be careful not to spook it. As my husband takes the picture a breeze blows our snowy owl around a bit. AAAH!! It's a grocery bag!!!!!!!! Sigh...
Oh, Burn, that's a heartbreaker. We hardly ever see them around here. Hope you got some good ones.
Chillybean, That Harris Sparrow is really, really bad! But, the owl. I've never seen one. I'd be happy with that shot.
I went to Brazos Bend State Park today for three glorious hours. I saw a lot of birds, but only got a few good shots. I did however, get a whole bunch of bad, bad shots. I pared it down to the three worst of the worst.
This one, well, at least it's sharp. And half a bird isn't so bad, huh? Okay, yes, it's bad.
I took over 600 photos in two days visiting a nearby park. I kept about 60 of them. Get ready... No, don't worry. I'll just share one of the discards. I thought it was cute in spite of being bad.
This little Ruby-crowned Kinglet just would not come out where I could photograph him. He would peek out at me, but stayed in that dense thicket. It was so dark in there, I had the ISO jacked way up, so the noise reduction destroyed any detail. Bad. But, cute!
Taken Wednesday. The only window I could get this from was the kitchen and it has that unhandy screen there. I painted over what might make others squeamish. It was kind of messy. We didn't see the Cooper's catch the prey, but figured it was not a Goldfinch. It was a feeder watch day and there were 9 earlier and then 10 after the hawk left.