Told You So.....

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February 8, 2016

So, in my last blog entry I mentioned something like show me a bird on a lonely branch and I'll take the shot every time.

Well, here it is.  Another bird on the branch photo.  I've taken many shots of this species of bird, but this one really caught my eye.  For me, not only was it the bird, but look at those background colors.  How could you resist those beautiful almost fall colors.  Of course it's winter time here in Florida but this is what you get.  It was a very cool day, high 60's but sunny.  At Green Cay Wetlands, the background colors can be amazing and today was the day.  I only had to take one shot of this scene and I knew I captured what I wanted to show everyone.  This doesn't happen all the time for sure.

I think today I took maybe ten to fifteen shots total.  Somedays are many more, somedays are even less.  But when I shoot, I've finally come to realize it's not the volume but the quality.  I'm happy if I come home with only one decent keeper of a shot.  Besides, what are you going to do with a hundred photos anyways.

Ok for you techies out there.  This was shot with my Canon 5D Mark III and Sigma 150-600 lens.  Focal length is 600MM, ISO 320 and the exposure is 1/250th sec @ f/7.1.  I used shutter priority which I normally do when shooting outside.  I do have my camera set in Aperture mode as well.  When I move into shady areas, I usually switch to Aperture Priority so I can take advantage of the lowest f stop.  Having the settings ready makes it easier because these birds are very quick.  You can miss a shot easily just raising the camera to try to get the shot.  They are there and then gone.

I think this photo has such a relaxing quality to it.  Maybe it's the colors, it just kind of soothes you while viewing it.  Well, it does for me anyways.  Hope you all enjoy this shot as much I do and as always comments are always welcome.

 

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