To continue the bird theme of the previous image I posted, here’s an older one from last winter. Unlike the last one, this image hasn’t been modified if you don’t count slight cropping. A flock of waxwings were feeding right next to the road one morning last October and provided a good opportunity to get some close-ups. I haven’t seen any this year, but perhaps it’s still too early. This autumn, there haven’t been as many rowan berries as last year either, but hopefully there’s enough to attract a few waxwings to our neighborhood.
Birds are one of my favorite subjects. I’m not particularly picky about what birds I photograph as long as I’m happy with the final image. Because I’m not taking these photos for a competition or National Geographic, I don’t mind adding things to the images or removing stuff in post-processing if I think it will make the image better. In this image there was a dark pipe that splitting the red background, which I found really distracting, so I removed the pipe in Photoshop. It’s still not an award-winning photo, but it is a lot better with a clean background. At least I like it better this way.
For those of you who care about the technical side, this was shot with Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM, which has turned out to be a nice lens for the price, as long as you stay between 150-400mm and f/8-f/11. It you shoot it beyond 400 mm or wide open, it gets a little soft.
I took this photo of a great tit last December on one of the last days of the year. We spent a day away from the city near Pieksämäki. It was a fairly cold day, but very productive in terms of bird photography. I haven’t had the time to go through all the images yet, but I know there are at least a couple of photos I like.