Monday, June 15, 2009
As most - if not all - of you know, I've been trying to get photos of the birds that visit my garden. I posted a couple of photos some time ago that were taken by other people for me, but I wanted to do it myself. The camera is mine, the blog is mine, and I wanted to prove to everyone that losing my sight hasn't stopped me doing what I love. And I've always enjoyed taking photos and showing them off. I mean, I've owned cameras since I was about ten years old. And I know I have, because I spacifically remember when I got my first one... It was given to me by my Nan when we went on holiday to Cyprus. Anyway, I got my current camera almost three years ago, and had only had it for a year when I lost the sight I'd had. This meant I never learned the functions on it well enough to have them memorised. It also meant that my ability to spot a good shot and attempt to capture it became non-existant. And I didn't see the point of trying. So, I just left the photography to others. That is, until recently.
There have been a few times when - in order to get a shot of everyone - I've been the one holding the camera. And - judging by comments made by various people - I haven't been doing too bad of a job. This inspired me to attempt to take photos myself again. So, for the past two weeks, I've been trying to get photos of the birds in the garden myself.
I hadn't been having much luck. I managed to get some really nice shots of other things, but no birds. But I was determined I was going to get at least one bird photo. So, I sat on a chair in the kitchen and waited, and listened. And then I heard it... The flutter of wings, and the sound of a bird eating seed. There was a bird at the feeder, and all I had to do was get the camera aimed through the open back door and I'd have my photo. I hadn't had much luck with doing this so far, but maybe this time? I tried all sorts of angles, then...
Jackpot! We have a bird! :)
This next one is the same bird, but the photo has been cropped for me.
I'm not entirely sure what it is, but if I had to guess from the description I was given then I'd guess Goldfinch. My Dad is pretty good at identifying birds, so perhaps he can come and take a look and let us know?
Determined to get more bird photos, I settled myself just outside the back door with my camera, and waited.
Got it! Except the camera decided to focus on the tree rather than the bird... No problem! I took more! :)
I even got it to look at me.
It only took me two weeks and about 200 photos to get these bird photos. But I got the shots eventually! :)
Before I close this post, I just want to say one more thing... Thank you Iggy for having the willingness and patience to go through all those photos for me. I really appreciate it. *Hugs* :)