My Sunday Photo 9

My Sunday Photo

Robin Opportunity

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Notice / Stop / Capture
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Thanks for your help last week; whilst it was nice to see my lighter and clearer Robin shot, I grew to really appreciate my original silhouette pictures of the Robin. I captured a Robin on camera; what an achievement for an amateur photographer … especially considering how quick they are on their feet. Bring on the next photography challenge … whatever it may be. 🙂

Well, you’ll never believe what happened on Friday evening. After much dilly-dallying about what to eat for dinner, I left the house to pick up the Chinese takeaway we had ordered. I took the camera with me just in case … but I promised my husband that I won’t spend loads of time taking pictures of things that catch my eye.

I was still in our compound when I heard the familiar sounds; I stopped and looked around to see where it was coming from. O my word, a Robin on a tree, another hopping from one branch to another!

I quickly switched on my camera and changed its mode to ‘sport’; the ‘macro’ and ‘colour’ features were already set. I pointed it upwards and scanned the tree to see where to focus. The hopping Robin was gone but the one on a branch was still there. I zoomed to get it … ‘click’. No time to check my picture, the Robin was on the move … another ‘click’ as soon as the camera was ready again.

Robin on the move |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #MySundayPhoto | @aNoviceMumThen the Robin rested on a nearby beam, I knew I had to be really fast. I quickly adjusted my zoom, trying desperately to focus well … ‘click’, ‘click’.

Robin on the beam |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #MySundayPhoto | @aNoviceMumAnother ‘click’ … THE CLICK … I didn’t of course know this then.

Robin on the beam |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #MySundayPhoto | @aNoviceMumOff again the Robin went … back to the tree … ‘click’ … another ‘click’ as it seemed to take flight, but I or/and my camera weren’t quick enough … another time perhaps. 🙂

Robin on the move 2 |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #MySundayPhoto | @aNoviceMumI tried to see where it went, but a cat came running for another bird and I knew the Robin was definitely gone.

As you can imagine, I quickly checked my shots and they looked alright, especially the ones on the beam. I curbed my excitement though; I couldn’t be sure of their quality until I saw them on the computer screen.

I continued my journey, stopping a few times to take pictures of flowers whilst remembering I needed to be home soon. The wind was helpful in keeping me moving; the flowers were not still enough you see. Thus, making it that much easier to keep my promise of getting home soon.

I couldn’t wait to show my husband my Robin captures when I got home, before proceeding to the computer to check their quality. I was disappointed that they were not all as good as I thought and hoped. But my, the 5th picture … I was and still am so delighted about it.

There was no further question about My Sunday Photo this week, I knew what it had to be. 🙂

The whole experience turned my mind towards opportunities in life. I tend to compare them to birds and my Robin pictures capture it well. I’ll leave my reflections for another post, to avoid this one from being too long.

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Do you have instances like this, when lovely moments present themselves to you? / What is one of your best photography experience?

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My Sunday Photo 12Apr15

My Sunday Photo

Catching a Robin

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Observe / Pause / Snap
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I’m moving away from sharing flowers this week but I need your help.

The inside story

Whilst on a walk during the week with Precious Sparkle, we passed through a beautiful alley way. I heard some sounds and quick movements in the trees above that made me stop. ‘Hmm … Robins’, I wondered; I wasn’t disappointed when I looked up.

Perched Robin 1 |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #My Sunday Photo | @aNoviceMumI quickly moved the buggy out of the way, secured it, and brought out my bridge camera. I knew I had to be quick because Robins are always on the move. I tried to find one to focus on but none stayed still long enough. And then, I saw this one perched on a branch … ‘quick’, I thought. I focused, zoomed, focused again, and snapped … and again … and again … and then it flew away.

Perched Robin 2 |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #My Sunday Photo | @aNoviceMumAn elderly lady passed by at this point and I wondered if she thought it strange to see a lady with a buggy, looking up with a big camera and taking pictures. I felt a need to explain myself, albeit briefly because I wanted to take more pictures.

“Oh, those Robins”, I said, they’re so quick on their feet, aren’t they? I’m trying to get a good picture of them; look at what I’ve got so far”, I continued. ‘They look alright”, or something to that effect, she responded and walked on.

Perched Robin 3 |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #MySundayPhoto | @aNoviceMumI looked for another ‘still’ Robin but there was none 🙁 ; more folks passed by and I thought I better move on. I suppose I didn’t want anyone to think I was strange. 🙂 In any case, Precious Sparkle had, had enough of his snapping mother; he needed a different scene.

I enjoyed the rest of the walk, took more pictures, and looked forward to seeing them properly on the computer screen at home.

My Robin pictures … I like them, but …. the light didn’t seem to work for me … or did it?. Perhaps, the Robins would have been more visible if I had stood at a different angle … I’ll never know now … oh well.

Perched Robin Collage |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #MySundayPhoto | @aNoviceMumI’m not one for really editing the details in my pictures; I’m just never sure where to start from. However, I decided to play about with the exposure of this set on Picmonkey … to perhaps improve them.

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What do you think of my original captures? Which do you prefer?

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