Turning into a Bird Watcher

Fuji X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 4000, ƒ/4.8, 1/500

Do you feel like a little kid all excited about a subject you get to photograph? I know I do and lately since we have a nice bird feeder and have been blessed by a variety of birds at the feeder.

Here we have the male purple finch and the Red Headed Woodpecker on our feeder. This is something that connects me to the past. My grandparents loved their feeders and I remember them talking about the birds as they visited.

Fuji X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 5000, ƒ/4.8, 1/500

I was surprised the woodpecker stayed for so long on the feeder just chillin. It was lightly raining and I guess just like we enjoy a shower to relax us maybe the bird was relaxing to all the rain.

Nikon D4, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S,  Sigma 2x EX DG APO Autofocus Teleconverter, ISO 25600, ƒ/5.6, 1/2000

Another thing I really get excited about is sports photography. As I was going through my college negatives the other day I noticed how much more I shot at a typical game than a typical assignment. Well it is much more difficult to get a good action shot than an environmental portrait.

Nikon D4, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S,  Sigma 2x EX DG APO Autofocus Teleconverter, ISO 25600, ƒ/5.6, 1/1600

When you find yourself totally absorbed and lost in something take note of it. This is most likely where your strengths lie. This is something you need to nurture.

Nikon D4, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S,  Sigma 2x EX DG APO Autofocus Teleconverter, ISO 14368, ƒ/5.6, 1/2000

Sometimes as I have found you don’t have to go any further than your own backyard.