This month’s challenge ~ “Birds” ~ is the subject for “A Personal Photo Challenge” hosted by Donna.
This is my first time participating in the Photo Challenge and I want to thank Donna for the fun opportunity.
As anyone who reads my blog knows, my husband, Roger, and I love watching the birds. We have several bird-feeders in a flowering crab tree right outside our kitchen windows.
I shoot with a Canon T3i and use my EF 55-250mm telephoto lens for most bird shots. It helps to be able to zoom in without getting too close and disturbing the birds. I use a free photo editing program called Photoscape for quick edits. I also have an older version of Photoshop which I use for more complicated edits.
This first collage is from the archives. I took it in the spring just as our flowering crabapple tree was coming into bloom. The tiny ruby-throated hummingbird was a very obliging model for my photo shoot 🙂 Canada has five types of hummingbirds but the ruby-throated hummingbird is the only one we see in Eastern Canada.
I created the collage with a free online photo collage maker.
Another shot taken earlier this year. I am drawn to this photo because of the reflection captured in the chickadee’s eye. If you look closely, you’ll see our house. Chickadees are such friendly little birds they don’t mind close-ups 🙂
I took this shot a couple of weeks ago when friends and I had a picnic at Naufrage Harbour on the Gulf of St Lawrence. I was thrilled to see an eagle flying back and forth, almost at eye level, since we were on a high cliff above the shoreline.
Telephoto lens are very handy! Post production edits included cropping, sharpening and adjusting the white balance.
Thanks for this opportunity Donna – I’m already looking forward to the next challenge!