How I got these photos…
I took these images from inside my house through a window, so they appear softer than the photos I would get if I was outside with the birds, like the last post. Shooting through a window is NOT a great way to photograph, because the glass distorts the image a bit.
Many of the images were taken while it was snowing outside too. They are the softest, but the ones I like the most. None of the images are as good as the shots I take at Niagara Falls State Park, but then again, it is more difficult to get birds in flight in the field. I do have some of gulls, ducks and geese coming up later though.
And boy was it cold outside. I was freezing taking images beside the raging Niagara River. If I were a professional photographer, you would not hear the complaining, nor would a pro sit perched on top of the powder room vanity shooting out a window at an angle, hence the soft look to the images. Hey, ya do whatcha gotta do.
Some are grainy because I had the ISO set to 1200 then to 3200 which helped in getting a suitable shutter speed, but also because it was very stormy out and not very bright out.
The aperture was open at f5.6 and the shutter speed was about 1/1000. I did change them in some images.
The camera I was using is a Nikon 7000 and it can take 6 frames per second. The lens for these photos was the 300mm. I did not change my position, so you can see how I zoomed in and out. I was using the Shutter Priority mode, where I select the shutter speed and the camera selects the aperture. I get to focus the camera and set the ISO also.
I was asked the question of what camera I used for my last post on ducks, so I am using this post to answer. I kinda anticipated the next question of the camera settings so I thought to mention them too. The camera was on a monopod to keep it steady for this photo shoot. Most of my outside images are taken without a tripod or monopod like that of the ducks and geese.
Hope you like the sparrow aerobatics. Notice their faces. Some really have mad expressions. A trick to getting many birds in focus is getting them sort of in the same plane, have a wider depth of field too by shortening the focal length of the zoom. That is why a feeder is a great place to practice. They all get in the relative proximity to one another. Since they are moving, it is easy to get many blurred. Below, they are all pretty well focused.
I am only learning to get good images of birds in flight. I practiced on seagulls and they were great subjects. The images were clear and had good depth of color too.
If you wondered what is in the feeder, it is hulled sunflower seed. The feeder a few images below has niger seed. At the Falls, I throw out corn, peanuts and sunflower seed in the shell. I have been amazed watching the birds de-shell the peanuts. I never knew so many birds can do this. My cockatoo is a master, but these little birds really work at it.
Cardinal alert!!! All Sparrows to the trees. I just love the image below when they all took off at once.