I am getting better and better! As I was heading back to my hidden river, I found myself in the middle of a huge flock of robins. I actually got several pictures of these birds flying back and forth. Anyone who has read this blog for awhile knows of my problems with getting shots of birds in flight.
As I began to say, I was walking along the small hiking trail to see the river. About halfway there, I noticed that there was this huge flock of birds in the trees all around me. I looked through the camera to see what kind they were, and noticed that they were more robins. That's what seems to be around here this time of year.
As I was watching them, they began flying back and forth and all around me. I was ready this time. I was armed with some new knowledge of camera work! I lifted the camera towards where the birds kept flying. I pushed the button down only halfway, to the focus position. Then I waited for some of the birds to fly into my view.
As you can see by my photos, it worked splendidly! I got these shots of the birds flying around, and even more that I won't bother showing here. These are the best, so you're not missing anything. I'll always give you the good stuff.
It was really easy this time. As they flew by, I just pressed the button down the rest of the way. That solved the time lag problem that was preventing me from getting the shots in the first place. I know I can get flying bird photos now whenever I want. That part of that quest is now over!
I'm not finished improving yet though. As you can see, these aren't the greatest bird photos that were ever taken. They are kind of dark looking and the birds aren't very clear. They are still a good record of my progress! I know my next step.
Next comes the step where I get clearer photos. My camera isn't necessarily a professional camera, but it is the next best thing. It's actually a very good camera. The only thing holding me back right now is my own shortcomings as a photographer. I have only scratched the surface of what this camera can do.
I would learn to use it faster, but I'm too busy just having my everyday adventures to move very fast with it. That's okay with me. I'll pick up tips along the way, and learn as I go along from every new experience. The best thing about that is you'll get to read along, and see my happy progress, and my miserable failures. See, that makes it fun for all of us!
Another thing that makes getting these shots a challenge is the interruptions from other hikers and nature lovers. As I was taking these photos, I realized that there was a man on the trail behind me. I didn't see him or hear him, it must have been my spider sense tingling that alerted me. Do rats have spider sense?
Well, I turned and looked at him, and saw that he was politely standing there waiting for me, so he wouldn't get in the way. I remember thinking again how people on these trails are so much friendlier than people back in town. That's a happy thought, and another reason to go out to these places.
I told him to please go on, and he apologized the whole way as I kept telling him it wasn't necessary. Everybody is nice and polite out here. Getting back to nature is a great way to civilize people. It's kind of ironic, isn't it?
Thee was only one problem with this little social interaction. The birds didn't seem to be as friendly towards other people as I was. As he walked by, all of my little flying subjects flew away! I waited to see if they would come back, but I soon realized it was time to move on.
That was the end of my flying bird photos for the day, but at least I was left with a few happy little events. These things made a great everyday adventure for me, and I went home happy again. I like that feeling.