Although this one is under exposed this is the best I was able to get with the RAW file by raising the light level with the software. Unfortunately those singing do not always give you the time to set everything correctly with your camera. Sometime you just have to press the shutter and hope for the best. This one came very close to me (less than 10 feet) but unfortunately right into the sun.
On the second photo the bird was not in the line of the sun but a little bit farther.
The population of woodpeckers here has been growing in the last few years. The invasion of emerald ash borer is devastating the urban forest. This insect has no natural predator here so the population is increasing exponentially. For the woodpeckers this insect is a source of food which has caused an increase in the number of birds.
I am not saying that I am pleased with that because the damage done to the urban forest will probably mean that the ash tree will be wiped out of the city in less than 5 years. Cutting down so many trees also means problem for other species of bird, but for woodpecker, well they are happier. So what was a rarer sight just a few years ago is more common today.
It’s rare that I am able to catch a small bird from above, usually I am below. I was walking the pathway and then there he was, just below me. This Pileated Woodpecker took me by surprise, I was not expecting to get so close. I was so not ready my shutter speed was still at 1/30 s which is way too slow for bird photography but luck was on my side. This woodpecker stayed still just enough time for me to get one shot at 1/30 s.
The second one, a female Northen Flicker, she was on the grass trying to catch to lunch.
Lately I’ve taking a lot of birds photography but the thing I like to photograph the most are sunset and especially the winter one. Sunsets are something that is not easy to master and if you add to this the low temperature, you fingers won’t love that. I do like the golden light you get but also the moment where you say goodbye to the day and hello to the night, the moment in itself is special.
This photo was taken the day after an ice storm, giving a more dramatic effect to this sunset.
Some photos taken at the Preston Street Criterium in Ottawa
I learned a lesson today, in the world where cameras have automatic focus, sometime you must use manual focus. When you take photos at a fast shutter speed, you need a wide aperture, especially on cloudy day like today, and you get a shallow depth of field. When cyclists are coming at you at 40 km/hr, the autofocus of my camera was not fast enough to keep with them. Next time I will have to choose the point where I want to exactly take the photos, set focus manually and then I should get better results.
She sure does not look like the male
For photos of the male, click here