of ducks and crows

There’s been a long period of no photography. A few, uninspired shots with the iPhone, that’s all. No big deal, it goes in cycles for me, it seems. But my camera was starting to look accusingly at me, so yesterday I brought it out to the park. I said to myself; ยซif nothing else, I’ll at least shoot one duckยป, thinking that perhaps the best way of getting back into it, would be to shoot what you love. They posed, willingly ๐Ÿ™‚


Also met the friendly crows — they know me as a friend now as I feed ย them peanuts.


They’re a little bit more challenging — to get the exposure right.

This time of year … late autumn, before winter really begins, everything is grey or brownish. We have a panoramic view of the neighbourhood, and when I look out the windows, right now the ย whole colour scheme of my view is grey. It isn’t all that inspiring, but perhaps that’s the challenge of it all.

Be good, WordPressians ๐Ÿ™‚


25 Replies to “of ducks and crows”

    1. Thanks! In a way, I guess … they’re funny and smart! We go there often, and as soon as we pull in there, four of them fly in. They even recognize the car …

  1. You did well do capture the colour on the crow’s feathers.

    Do you know the ‘sunny 16 rule’?

    It is a rule that says that on a sunny day in temperate climates in direct sunlight, set the aperture to f/16 and the shutter speed to the inverse of the ISO.

    So at ISO 100, set the shutter to 1/100th second at f16 and that should be the correct exposure.

    Reading your post, I just poked my light meter out of the window and it says the shutter speed should be 1.25 seconds.

    In terms of camera ‘stops’ that’s about seven stops darker than 1/100th second, which means there is only about 1/7 the amount of light here as on a sunny day.

    The camera is going away until the sun shines…

    1. Thanks, and yes, I knew about the concept of Sunny 16. Meaning; I’d heard about it. Can’t one just set it to A and 16 when it’s sunny and let the camera take care of the rest? ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was rather overcast when I shot the crow, and I think I had it set to f/8.

        1. LOL I understand aperture, but have a harder time with shutterspeed. Today is sunny and bright as can be. Have just been out and shot a few in f/16 ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. WordPressians….I LIKE IT! What a cool term Rebby….
    And he photos are lovely. That duck is so adorable; like he posed just for you. Love the Crow…what a saucy stance he has.
    We too have various shades of drab green & brown & a lot of grey…..
    Snow clouds are rolling in this afternoon & temps starting to drop…we might have snow by weekend….
    We had a good run didnt’ we???

    1. Thanks, Sherri-Ellen! ๐Ÿ™‚ They were really cooperative that day. We’re in for some nasty weather here too, but I think we’ll get rain instead … not sure. Our furry, whiskered barometer is already at work …

  3. Rain just started here Rebby. It is so dark outside I had to turn ceiling fan & lights on so I can see the PC screen! Yikes!!!!
    I wondered how the ‘whiskered’ Barometer was feeling….
    Mine is asleep….for now……

    1. It’s a huge system — I saw it on the weather map last night, stretching all the way from the Gulf of Mexico, way up to northern tip of QC somewhere …

      Yeah, he’s parked outside the condo, with the door open so he can flee easily in there.

  4. I will have to check Weather Channel to see the map….sounds like we are in for some fun!!!! Virginia had ALOT of rain last nite & this morning…..
    LOL @ McDuff….what a character!!!!!

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