Nature photography

Photographing Birds On The Fly

Apparently I created this, saved a draft and didn’t get around to posting it. Probably two years ago but I’m not all that sure. Better late than never . . .

I’ve got a really nice Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 camera that I carry with me everywhere. Or almost everywhere. The glass is by Leica and even though the lens is not detachable it covers the range I shoot in the most” 25 – 400 mm. It has a fast burst mode for action which I employ in these shots. It can shoot 12 fps but in the operating mode I use it only gets 7. That’s 7 Hi-res shots per second.

I was standing on my back deck and watching the little birds flitting about . . . and had to see if I could ‘catch them’ with my camera in burst mode. The little animated GIF you see is from one of the sequences I shot.


The thing about shooting these little critters is you have to be guessing ahead of time where they are headed – and half the time you’re wrong. It’s harder than following the puck while shooting hockey (which I do for the local team in the winter).


One last note. Since it appears to be a thing these days . .  . I get nothing from anyone for this post. No one paid me. I get no points or price cuts or anything from Panasonic – they don’t even know I exist afaik.

This is my second serious Panasonic camera (my other is a G3) and I have only good things to say about their cameras. And on that camera I also have a Leica lens. And I love Leica lenses . . . to bad I’m not rich enough to afford more of them 🙂


Reactive Drink

So last night we were enjoying the summer evening on the back deck and once the sun went down the lights under the table gave me an unexpected surprise.

I was drinking an alcoholic slush drink and it was in a clear glass. The lighting system is one of the ones with LED strips that changed colour and intensity (if you want) over time. I was staring at my drink and noticed a vivid change …


Fireworks 2014

Every year the local Rotary Club puts on a Bonfire and Fireworks display at Halloween.

Back a few years ago I twigged to the neatest way to shoot fireworks with my camera – long exposure. This gave me amazing pictures. le_fireworks_1If my hand moved or shook while shooting it often enhanced the final product. AND the beauty was these pictures looked like ‘creations’ even though they’d never seen an image editor like PhotoShop!

These two examples appear exactly as they were shot. With a 1 to 2 second exposure time the camera can capture the evolution of the firework as it expands and changes. With standard exposure time it’s kind of like hoping that the short fraction of a second blink your camera takes will actually capture something interesting. Which it often does not.

These pictures were both taken with a Kodak V570. A very compact, a100_9384nd useful tool, it had the widest lens available in a point and shoot, 23mm. They’ve been out of manufacture for years and even though they have issues I got mine out for this year and charged up their batteries and emptied their memory cards. (I have two of them)

I shoot more video than stills but with the fireworks I relegated the video job to my dashcam while I took lots of stills with my two V570 cameras.

Here’s the product of both of those efforts.

First the stills set to bounce to music with Adobe AfterEffects.

Next the DashCam video (with all the dead time removed)

note – all the music comes from YouTube’s Audio Library