Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Redwinged Blackbird Photo Study

Just for the fun of it, let's take one bird, shot on one day, with one lighting condition and play with it a bit. Normally, I wouldn't post this many pictures of a common bird under the same conditions. But like Monday's photo, I feel like playing with the rules, stretching some, keeping one or two and breaking others. You decide what works, after all, nobody died and left me the king.

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See the way he’s got his wings pointing down? This is a threat pose. He’s the cock-of-the-rock and doesn’t want to be messed with. He’s got his lady friend near by and doesn’t want any challengers.

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©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

18 comments:

Maggie May said...

Quite remarkable those photos.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A lovely series Steve. This is one we have here too.

Abe Lincoln said...

Getting eyes to show up on blackbirds and crows is not so easy. I like your last picture the most as it was caught just right with a gleam in the eye and the wing feathers puffed out under the red shoulder patch. Nice work on these and the birds are perched on cattail reeds or so it reminds me of.

Nice series.

A New England Life said...

There he is. I knew he would be showing up soon. You did him justice Steve, showing his many sides. After all, he was the man!

Eve said...

That third shot is a classic Steve! Wonderful work.

Matt Latham said...

Superb images. A study of a single bird is often very interesting as you can see it many different ways. You have managed to expose these very well too.

dAwN said...

Wonderful Steve!
I personally love to see the series of photos..I feel the movement the action of the bird...
The different positions it gets into..more interesting in my point of view..
I adore the next to last photo!

I took a few photos..and a video..not nearly as nice as yours..

Roy said...

Shooting black birds what a nightmare, but you did it very well Steve, great results.

Steve B said...

Hi Maggie May, Thanks for stopping by!

Really Joan? I'm always surprised to find out that folks in different parts of the world have the some of the same birds,... like your Barn Owl.

Ah, you are so right, Abe. Black eyes on black birds. It's what makes the shot.

Oh, yes, Sheron, he da man!

Hi Eve, Yes, #3 he's singing his lungs out and strutting his stuff.

Hi Matt and Roy, I used center weighted averaging on this one and kept the sun to my back as best as I could. A selection of relatively neutral backgrounds helped.

Hi dAwN, You and Eve like #3. A good choice! I hope to see some more of your pix soon.

NatureStop said...

Wow! what amazing shots...eacha nd every one.

NCmountainwoman said...

Hey, there are no rules in blogs. It's your blog and you make your own rules. That said, I loved the series of photographs and the interesting information.

Jenny said...

I like the last one best I think. You've got the glint and I like that he's still got that pesky feather still after all the preening! (-:

Chris said...

Hi Steve,
As you probably know, I'm quite a picky guy, and ask a lot, to me first... Let's say I'm very exigent with myself. So if you ask me, I love them all for the composition and nice attitude. Each of them have a peculiarity, but I think there is one better than all the others, and for me this is the last one. I think this is for a very simple reason, there is a light reflection in the eye!! I think that for birds pictures, this is making a lot. So that is my favorite!!

Steve B said...

I have to say that I agree with you Chris and Jenny. It is that little eye detail that makes or breaks the photo. I've even heard that other photographers will photoshop in such a detail. That is fine for them, but for me, that would be telling a lie. That's not what I saw, so that's not what I show. That little spark in the eye makes the photo stand out above the rest and I was trying like heck to get that shot!

Hi NCMountainwoman, Yes, we are masters of our blogs, no doubt. I'm glad you liked the series.

Hi NatureStop, I'm glad you found joy too.

Kelly said...

I like this study...and that last photo is a stunner! Even though common, he still is beautiful and so are you photos of him!

Carol said...

Have I been doing it wrong? I tend to put several shots of the same bird, insect whatever...

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Regina said...

I been seeing your shots bec. I like birds.

MaineBirder said...

I remember that bird! Very nice series Steve!

Love the exposure and sharpness.

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