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A Swan Family

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Stumbling / Surprise / Clicking
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Key Moment

O my word, ‘is that what I think it is?’, I babbled in my head to Precious Sparkle … as though he could telepathically see the words that simultaneously tumbled through my mind. I quickly pushed Precious Sparkle’s buggy closer to the moving scene, as I have done many times in recent months, whilst trying to get my camera ready-ish at the same time. Continue reading

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Synchronizing Geese

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Attention / Positioning / Snapping
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I decided to finish my outing with Precious Sparkle a few days ago by walking along the river on our way to the car. It had been such a lovely day of mingling; first in our Mothers and Toddlers’ group, and then with two of my mummy friends and their children. Our little ones had run around so much open space to their heart’s content; playing with balls, chasing Jackdaws, eating lunch, laughing with their mamas etc. Continue reading

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Dripping Beaks

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‘Share birds or bees’, I wondered. ‘Birds’, I’ve decided to go for.

It’s incredible what you capture when you just click away, isn’t it? I’m learning that beautiful moments can be unexpectedly captured if you click that camera button without waiting too much for your perfect shot.

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Thanks for all your lovely comments 2 weeks ago. I’ve had more opportunities to practise taking pictures of flying birds and I think I’m improving. Unfortunately, my post wasn’t ready on time last week, so I decided to leave it until this week.

Birds are an interesting subject for improving one’s photography skill to capture movement, aren’t they. They are so … ‘flight-y’! Not quite in the flighty sense, but in the always-on-the-move sense.

Sunday Photo 3May15 Brown Gull 2

You can not rely on them to be there the next second; like the 2 Robins I saw yesterday on my way from a walk with Precious Sparkle. There they were on the floor, not too far from us … there was one at first, quick on its feet as expected; turning here and turning there … and then the second one joined in for a little dance AND BEAK KISS! What a lovely capture that would have made.

I made a quick dash for my camera from the buggy basket but I was obviously too slow. Didn’t they realise that I wanted a quick picture? I bet they did and decided to deny me the opportunity; they literally flew away the moment I was ready for our impromptu photo shoot. What a fab ‘My Sunday Photo’ that would have made.

In its place, I’m sharing my top bird opened beak captures. I suppose like us, they open their beaks to make sounds, eat, and fight.

So, here we go:

The goose and its bread will not be parted … it’s definitely bread worth stretching that long neck for …

Sunday Photo 3May15 Geese

The black bird and its worms posing for my shoot … on my way back to work after coming home to breastfeed Precious Sparkle a few weeks ago. I didn’t know our communal front yard hid such bird goodies beneath its surface. 🙂

Sunday Photo 3May15 Black Bird

This is one happy mallard duck! His stare didn’t scare my Precious Sparkle as he enjoyed the display of feasting birds from the comfort of his pram, whilst his mum snapped away and occasional repeated what he kept saying – ‘duck’ … ‘quack’.

Sunday Photo 3May15 Duck

There is no messing about with this brown-headed gull, is there! S/he and its friends visit my school’s field at the end of every break and lunch time. They come in their numbers and variety to help out with the food leftovers. My classroom – a cabin on the field – gives me some opportunity (when I’m not teaching) to practise capturing birds flying.

Sunday Photo 3May15 Seagull

I’m not a bird person but I’ve been taken in by how beautiful a lot of birds are since blogging fired my interest in photography. I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures and looking through them, but not quite this way.

So, which of my birdie open beak picture is your favourite and why?

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Flying Birds and This Bird

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Exploring / Experimenting / Discovering
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After my Robin captures and achievements in the last few weeks, I’m now exploring taking pictures of flying birds. I’m not into birds but I notice them more often now. This is all thanks to some of what blogging has given me: more attention to detail, increased enjoyment of photography, and more interest in taking better pictures.

As is now usual for me, I was paying a lot of attention during my walk with Precious Sparkle on Sunday. This, at one point, resulted in a run with the buggy to capture a water splash shot. I had to slow down my pace afterwards, to catch my breath.

And then we came upon some birds being fed by different people; ‘quack’ …  ‘duck’ … ‘quack’ … ‘duck’ … Precious Sparkle animatedly called out. I was pleasantly surprised and quite taken aback; he takes in so much more from our reading than it seems.

After getting my head around his excited talk, I got out the camera; different types of birds were flying and landing all over the place. Maybe … just maybe, I’ll get the detailed flying bird shot I’m after.

Sunday Photo 26Apr15 Flying Bird caThere was barely any time in between each shot. I kept trying; hoping that one or more of the pictures might actually be alright. And then there was this capture that took me a while to see what it was (after the experience was over); and my, what landed not too far from us …

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I’ve never seen this bird before; my lovely friend A**** researched it and told me it’s an Egyptian Geese. It is so stunning … and my, what a lady if it’s female … so graceful … so beautiful … check out the colours!

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It’s also one fierce bird; there is no messing about it! It sure does stand out in a lovely way.

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Whist checking out my capture, I noticed some Canadian geese gliding really fast on the water. I’d never seen this happen before, and I got the camera rolling as fast as I could and just about caught one of them in action … and then another flying bird … and another. By this time, Precious Sparkle’s excited shouts of ‘quack’ and ‘duck’ had given rise to sounds filled with irritation and urgency for a different scene.

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It was definitely time to go; taking with us a new set of experiences. As for my fabulous shot of a flying bird, I’ll just have to wait until next time.

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Do you have any tips for me, on how to capture detailed pictures of flying birds?

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Mute Monday 20Apr15

Mute Monday

You know those photographs that make you go, ‘huh?’ …. those moments captured that weren’t your intended target … those surprising shots you get when you throw caution to the wind and snap away … those photos that leave you without much words … well, that’s what my Mute Monday is about.

Context

I came across these rowers whilst walking by the River Thames to give Precious Sparkle the opportunity to rest and perhaps sleep. I didn’t really pay attention to them, until it occurred to me that they presented a chance for me to practise capturing movement. I had vague images of water sprays frozen in time, and beautifully captured in way I couldn’t imagine. I brought out my camera to have a go and hoped to be pleasantly surprised.

I looked up and thought, “crumbs, they’re too far away for a close-up shot with my zoom”. And so, I started running with the buggy to try to catch up with them. I ran until I kinda lost my breath and felt silly. So, I stopped and thought I’d just give it a go and see what happens.

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Mute Monday 20Apr15… Hummmm … is that a … is it … what?

A missed opportunity for some (in my mind) incredible shot of water splashing in mid-air; but my, I’d be scared for life if that happened to me … I don’t think I’ll row again.

So, what do you think … any words?

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